Cravath builds IP group with high profile hire

February 9, 2013 Cravath, Swaine & Moore has scored a coup for its intellectual property group with the hire of the former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos. The hire is especially significant since Cravath, Swaine & Moore has hired just four partners from outside the firm in 50 years.
  
“IP has been part of our practice for a long time, and we have a substantial client need that’s been growing over time,” said Allen Parker, Cravath’s presiding partner. “We knew we were willing to supplement our IP practice if we could find the right person, and the moment we realized Dave was available, we knew this was the opportunity we’d been waiting for.”

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