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Leading Trademark Expert J. Thomas McCarthy Joins Morrison & Foerster

1/4/2001
San Francisco - January 4, 2001 - Morrison & Foerster announced today that J. Thomas McCarthy, a nationally recognized expert in trademark law, has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  Mr. McCarthy is the author of the well known treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition.  He comes to the firm from the IP boutique, Limbach & Limbach, and will be based in the firm's San Francisco office.  

With the addition of Tom McCarthy, Morrison & Foerster has assembled three of the biggest names in intellectual property law.  All three are full time University Professors: Tom at the University of San Francisco; Don Chisum at the University of Santa Clara; and Paul Goldstein at Stanford University.  All three have authored the pre-eminent treatise in their field: Chisum on Patents; Goldstein on Copyrights; and McCarthy on Trademarks.  And all three are Of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster and make their advice on intellectual property issues available to the firm's lawyers and clients. 

"We are delighted to have someone of Tom's stature join the firm," said Michael Jacobs, Co-Chair of firm's 140-member Intellectual Property Group.  "He is the nationally renowned authority on trademarks and the rights of publicity and unfair competition.  His addition solidifies the firm's position as the world's premier law firm in the IP arena.  With Tom on trademarks, Don on patents, and Paul on copyrights, Morrison & Foerster brings together a triumvirate of leaders in the IP universe." 

Gladys Monroy, who also co-chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Group, noted, "Having Tom, Don and Paul on our team gives us a tremendous competitive advantage.  We're committed to practicing IP law at the highest level and having their expertise will be invaluable in ensuring we deliver on this promise.  We have known and respected Tom for a long time and we're very excited to have him with us."

Mr. McCarthy's consulting practice focuses on trademarks and unfair competition law, and he is a frequent speaker on the subject.  He is a trademark consultant to some of the nation's largest consumer marketing companies.  He is the author of the two-volume treatise The Rights of Publicity and Privacy (published by West Group), McCarthy's Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property (Second edition, 1995), and also the Federal Antitrust Laws (with Oppenheim & Weston, 1981).  Since 1966, Mr. McCarthy has been a full-time professor at University of San Francisco School of Law.

Mr. McCarthy began his legal career in the Offices of Julian Caplan in 1963, joining the University of San Francisco School of Law three years later.  He was Of Counsel at Townsend & Townsend from 1974 to 1983.  In 1983 he joined Limbach & Limbach as Of Counsel and practiced there until that firm's recent dissolution.  Mr. McCarthy received his J.D. degree from University of Michigan School of Law in 1963.  He is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. Supreme Court and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. McCarthy served as a member of the ALI Advisory Committee, which was involved in the drafting of the 1995 Restatement of the Law of Unfair Competition. He was a member of the Trademark Review Commission, which drafted the 1989 revisions to the Lanham Act.  Mr. McCarthy has received many professional awards, including the 2000 Pattishall Medal for excellence in teaching trademark law from the Brand Names Education Foundation, the 1997 Ladas Professional Author Award from the Brand Names Education Foundation, and the 1998 Centennial Award in Trademark Law from the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Morrison & Foerster's trademark and copyright practice combines the broad, in-depth experience of a major international law firm with a solid understanding of intellectual property issues.  Lawyers and highly qualified legal assistants work with clients to protect the goodwill represented by the firm's clients' trademarks and service marks, to protect valuable copyrightable subject matter, and to combat (or respond to claims of) infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.  While significant trademark, copyright and related unfair competition litigation and counseling has been centered in the firm's San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, New York and Denver offices, lawyers in all of Morrison's offices have experience in these matters.

Morrison & Foerster is one of the largest international law firms with more than 1000 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. 

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