Intellectual Property Practice Expands at Troutman Sanders

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The law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP adds three attorneys to its Intellectual Property practice group in Raleigh, N.C.

The law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP (http://www.troutmansanders.com) is pleased to announce the addition of three attorneys to its Intellectual Property practice group, significantly bolstering the presence of this group firm-wide and particularly in Raleigh.

The group, led by James A. Thomas as partner and Sheldon R. Pontaoe as of counsel, is the fourth in two years that Troutman Sanders has added as it aggressively builds its Raleigh office. In November of 2005, the firm hired five litigation attorneys from Bailey & Dixon, a team led by Gary Parsons. In the first quarter of 2007, Lee Cheney, a litigator formerly with Womble Carlyle, and Jamie Cox, a real estate attorney formerly with Smith Moore LLP, joined Troutman Sanders and brought additional attorneys with them. These additions have doubled Troutman Sanders' attorney count in Raleigh to 22.

"I'm thrilled to welcome James and his IP team to the firm," said Ashley Story, managing partner of Troutman Sanders' Raleigh office. "Their extensive IP experience will greatly enhance the firm's intellectual property practice. They will also be a cornerstone for the continued growth of our North Carolina presence."

Troutman Sanders' Intellectual Property practice group provides a comprehensive and integrated array of legal services in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, outsourcing, computer, technology, software, restrictive covenant and franchise law. Additionally, the group counsels on licensing, marketing, distribution and other commercial transactions regarding products, services and technologies that can be protected under international, federal, state or local intellectual property laws.

James A. Thomas comes to Troutman Sanders from the Raleigh office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, where he was a partner from 2004 until the present and headed up the firm's intellectual property group in the Commercial and International Practice Team. Prior to Parker Poe, he served as Vice President and Trademark Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline plc, where he spent seven years working in the company's European headquarters and managed its pharmaceutical trademarks group based in London.

Thomas is a member of the board of directors of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association and a member of the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the International Trademark Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Asbury College and his law degree from Duke University Law School. He is admitted to the District of Columbia, Georgia and North Carolina bars.

Sheldon R. Pontaoe also comes to Troutman Sanders from the Raleigh office of Parker Poe, where he was special counsel in the intellectual property group of the Commercial and International Practice Team. Prior to Parker Poe, he was Director and Trademark Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline, where he managed the trademarks group based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Pontaoe is a member of the USPTO Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association, and is President-Elect and serves on the board of directors for the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Indiana and his law degree from New York Law School. He is admitted to the New Jersey bar.

About Troutman Sanders:
Troutman Sanders LLP (http://www.troutmansanders.com), founded in 1897, is an international law firm with over 600 attorneys serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Hong Kong, London, New York, Newark, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, Shanghai, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C. The full-service firm provides advice and counsel in over 30 legal practice areas and is committed to delivering professional service throughout all its locations.

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