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Sughrue Partner Joins firm's Tokyo office

August 01, 2019

                Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce that Sughrue Partner, Fadi Kiblawi, has joined the firm’s Tokyo office. 

                Fadi brings with him a wealth of knowledge as a member of the firm’s litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and prosecution practice groups.  Fadi has litigated cases in federal district courts across the country, representing Japanese companies in the most popular patent venues from California to Texas to Delaware.  He has also been counsel on over 40 inter partes reviews before the PTAB, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners.  Fadi began his career prosecuting patent applications from among the world’s largest technology companies, and continues to handle a significant prosecution docket including high priority standards-related and targeted applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

              “For over half a century, Sughrue has provided legal services to Japanese companies on the full range of intellectual property matters,” said the firm’s Managing Partner, John F. Rabena.  “With Fadi’s extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law, he is the perfect fit to continue this tradition and best serve our clients in Japan and across Asia.”

                “Fadi’s move to Tokyo will greatly benefit Sughrue’s clients in Japan, giving them direct and convenient access to legal counseling founded on his comprehensive background in U.S. patent law, from prosecution to litigation, including inter partes reviews,” according to Yoshinari Kishimoto, Managing Partner of the firm’s Tokyo office.

               Fadi adds: “Japanese companies continue to be among the world’s greatest innovators and technology exporters, and no firm is better equipped than Sughrue Mion to help these companies navigate the legal challenges in the United States.  I am thrilled by the opportunity to directly work hand-in-hand with the firm’s clients to protect their rights in the United States.”

               Fadi earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.  His patent practice includes litigation, prosecution, PTAB proceedings, legal opinions, due diligence reviews, and licensing negotiations.