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Sutherland Announces the Addition of Ralph Gaskins, M.D., to its Intellectual Property Group

December 4, 2003

ATLANTA (December 4, 2003) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced the addition of Ralph E. Gaskins, Jr., M.D., to the firm's Intellectual Property Group.  Dr. Gaskins focuses his legal practice on patents for biotechnical, biomedical and pharmaceutical inventions.  A significant portion of his practice includes counseling clients on patent validity and infringement issues, the preparation of formal clearance opinions, and intellectual property litigation.

"Ralph's extensive experience makes him a valuable addition to the firm and a tremendous resource for our clients," said John North, partner and firmwide chair of Sutherland's Intellectual Property Group.  "We are confident that Ralph's background will further enhance the scope and strength of Sutherland's Life Sciences Group."

Prior to joining Sutherland, Dr. Gaskins served as CEO for MD3Technologies, LLC and MitralSolutions, Inc, a group of startup biotechnology companies primarily involved in medical device development.  He also served as General Counsel for Atlanta Cardiovascular Research Institute, a national nonprofit medical research organization.

Dr. Gaskins obtained his J.D. at Georgia State University College of Law in 2000.  While in law school, he received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award from Georgia State University College of Law.

Prior to law school, Ralph was an otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon with a subspecialty practice in rhinology and functional surgery of the nose and paranasal sinuses.  He also founded and served as CEO  for Lexikon Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm that provided FDA regulatory, design and litigation support services for a national clientele in the medical, manufacturing, legal and insurance industries.  Dr. Gaskins holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and an M.D. degree.  He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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