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Farella Braun + Martel Adds Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Attorneys

February 25, 2008 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2008 - Farella Braun + Martel has added Deepak Gupta as an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice and Monica Swanson as an associate in its Business Litigation practice.

Gupta brings experience in intellectual property litigation and general commercial business disputes at the trial and appellate levels.  Case highlights include: obtaining one of the first trial court rulings of patent invalidity for obviousness after KSR v. Teleflex, in a case involving the playback of music on the Internet, and overcoming a motion for summary judgment for patent non-infringement on behalf of a Taiwanese semiconductor design firm against one of Japan's largest electronics conglomerates.  Prior to working as an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Gupta served as a law clerk to Justices Albie Sachs and Zak Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. 

Gupta received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (2002), where he was editor for the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review, and his B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University (1995).

Swanson brings experience in various areas of litigation, including products liability, unfair competition, class actions and contract disputes.  She most recently clerked for the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.  She was also an associate at Bingham McCutchen, where her areas of practice included general commercial litigation, products liability, land use, anti-trust and state habeas corpus.

Swanson earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School (2004) and her double B.A. in political science and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley (2001).

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses. Farella Braun + Martel is a Green Business.

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