San Francisco - April 17, 2001 - Morrison & Foerster announced today that two patent partners have joined the firm. Alex Chartove, formerly of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, joins the firm's Washington D.C. office. Alan S. Hodes, formerly of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen, joins in Palo Alto. Michael Jacobs, Co-Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, noted, "The addition of Alex and Alan is a significant development. Morrison's patent prosecution groups are handling many far-reaching cases involving electronics, computers and software, telecommunications, biotech and other high-tech issues. They strengthen the depth of our patent practice and add further synergies between offices and practice groups." "These attorneys bring invaluable experience in the high stakes area of patent law, and their choosing to join Morrison & Foerster underscores our prominence in patent practice," commented Gladys Monroy, Co-Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. "Alex and Alan have a philosophy that matches that of the firm's, which is to guide clients' patent strategies in a manner that complements their business objectives." Alex Chartove's practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution, litigation, counseling and licensing in a variety of technologies. These technologies include medical devices, biomedical implants, robotics, semiconductors, software design, telecommunications, computer peripherals, encryption, coding and information theory, display technologies, optical networking and business methods. Mr. Chartove received his B.A. magna cum laude in physics from Brandeis University in 1976 and was a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Chartove received his J.D. in 1980 from Duke University School Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems. He has written and lectured on many intellectual property topics. Mr. Chartove's numerous books and articles on patent law have been published in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He is a member of the Bars of California, New York and the District of Columbia. Alan Hodes' practice focuses on intellectual property counseling of computer, software and electronics clients, including patent prosecution and support of litigation and technology transactions. This includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in technology areas such as computer architectures, complex software systems, e-commerce "business methods"; browser software; network routing; video and audio compression, and graphical user interfaces. Mr. Hodes received his J.D. degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1993, his M.Sc., Computer Science, from John Hopkins University in 1988, and his B.S. Physics from Penn State University in 1985. He worked as a software engineer for the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from 1985 to 1990, and began his legal career in 1993 with Limbach & Limbach, where he became partner in 1999. He joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen LLP in 2000. Mr. Hodes is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Morrison & Foerster's Patent practice includes two major areas of concentration, life sciences and electronics, software, and telecommunications (EST), with over 40 PTO-admitted attorneys and patent agents throughout its domestic offices. The firm's multidisciplinary Life Sciences Group represents a diverse group of participants in the biotechnology, medical technology, and health care industries. The group is distinguished by its particularly strong reputation in patent interferences, representing clients such as Chiron, and University of California, in these highly technical disputes. The Electronics, Software and Telecommunications Patent Group has integrated technologically sophisticated patent attorneys, with strong backgrounds and advanced degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, into a major general practice firm that is both global in geography and in the scope of its legal expertise. The group represents clients such as Altera, Fujitsu Limited, Nikon Research, and TDK. Morrison & Foerster is one of the largest international law firms with more than 1,000 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide.