Steptoe & Johnson hires Asia patent specialist


Rory O'Neill

Steptoe & Johnson hires Asia patent specialist

Steptoe & Johnson have recruited New York patent litigator Mike Eisenberg as a partner from Holland & Knight.

Eisenberg specialises his practice in the semiconductor, computer software, and telecommunications sectors, focusing primarily on patent and trade secrets matters.

He has experience serving as lead counsel in district court proceedings, as well as in post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Eisenberg had been at Holland & Knight since 2015, having joined from Latham & Watkins.

The firm said the move would bolster its technical expertise and reputation among Asia-based clients. “Mike’s physics background provides a firm technical foundation to handle a broad swath of semiconductor, software, telecommunications and other electrical technologies,” said Steptoe chair Phil West.

West added: “In particular, he has garnered a strong profile for cases relating to LED lights. His practice will greatly complement the services our IP group offers clients, and his concentration on Korean and Chinese clients will fit well with our IP group’s Asia focus.”

Eisenberg said Steptoe’s offices in Beijing and Hong Kong would provide an “excellent platform to serve and expand my practice in Asia”.

“With two trials on the horizon for this year, I am looking forward to hitting the ground running with my talented new colleagues,” Eisenberg added.

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