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Sutherland Expands Patent Prosecution Practice with Partner, Griff Griffin, and Two Associates

June 4, 2002

(ATLANTA) June 4, 2002 – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the expansion of its Patent Prosecution Practice with the addition of partner Malvern (Griff) U. Griffin, III and associates Russell A. Korn and Kathryn Harrison Wade, Ph.D. to the firm's Atlanta office.

Griff Griffin joins the Intellectual Property Group as a partner in the Atlanta office and will focus his practice on the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights, with a particular emphasis on patents in the computer software, e-commerce and telecommunications fields.  Mr. Griffin joins Sutherland from the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird.

Mr. Griffin received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from Auburn University.  He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).  Additionally, Mr. Griffin is the newly elected Treasurer of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia and also serves on the Section's Executive Committee.

Russell Korn is a former technical advisor for Sutherland's Intellectual Property Group.  As an associate, Mr. Korn's practice is focused on patent prosecution in the mechanical and electrical engineering areas and intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Korn received his J.D., with highest honors, from Florida State University College of Law and earned his B.S., magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Kathryn Harrison Wade, Ph.D., formerly a technical advisor for Sutherland, has become an associate with the firm.  Ms. Wade concentrates her practice on biotechnology and biomedical patent prosecution, trademark registration, opinions of validity and infringement and preparation for intellectual property litigation.  Ms. Wade received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University and received a B.S. in Zoology and Genetics from North Carolina State University.

Sutherland patent lawyers prepare and prosecute patent applications in the areas of biomedical devices, biotechnology, chemistry, mechanical inventions, computer arts, textiles, agricultural chemicals, electro-chemistry, and polymer technology, as well as in such emerging areas as "business methods."

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, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit:

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