BOSTON—Womble Bond Dickinson is a destination for top talent—and the national legal media is taking notice.

Both Law360 and published articles on patent attorney Jack Penny joining Womble Bond Dickinson’s Boston office. The publications interviewed both Penny and Womble Bond Dickinson Boston Office Managing Partner Sarah Keefe for the articles.

Penny tells Law360 that he started his career as a mechanical engineer, and got interested in IP law after a chance encounter with a patent lawyer.

“It certainly helps to have the engineering experience, especially when I see a client who is facing a really serious, complicated engineering design or product,” Penny said in the Law360 article. “I think the inventors that you work with closely to draft patent applications really appreciate that.”

He said that his practice has grown to include a number of patent-related services, including portfolio development, opinions and litigation.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years now, so I do a lot more than just prosecution,” Penny tells Law360.

He also told that as a transatlantic law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson is well-positioned to serve his existing clients.

“I have a lot of clients in Europe, and this gives me a much easier way to focus on the European client base,” Penny said.

Keefe noted to that Womble Bond Dickinson has more than doubled the size of its Boston office in less than a year of operation—with more new hires planned in the near future.

“I think we’ve got a compelling story to tell and we’ve been successful to date,” she said.

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Also, click here to read the firm’s press release on Penny joining the firm.

Jack Penny provides clients with a wide range of patent-related services, including the development and management of strategic patent portfolios; patent prosecution; the preparation of opinions concerning infringement, validity, unenforceability and patentability; and patent litigation. His clients include domestic, European, Korean and Japanese companies in the mechanical, electrical and electro-mechanical fields.

Sarah Keefe, the Managing Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Boston office, develops complex trademark clearance and registration strategies across industry sector lines and around the world, with a particular area of experience in regulated industries. Keefe has considerable experience in pharmaceutical trademarks, including regulatory and safety analysis branding considerations. She also helps clients resolve IP disputes, including trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising litigation as well as trademark opposition proceedings before the USPTO.