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Thompson & Knight Expands Intellectual Property Practice

Peter J. Corcoran, III has joined Thompson & Knight’s Intellectual Property Practice Group as an Associate in the Dallas office.

Dallas, TX, August 12, 2011 --( The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Peter J. Corcoran, III has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) Practice Group as an Associate in the Dallas office.

“Peter is a tremendous asset to our team, and we are thrilled to have him join us. His experience in the Federal Circuit, Eastern District of Texas, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, among many other impressive qualities, compliments our practice and enhances the services we provide to our valued clients,” says Jane Politz Brandt, the Firm’s IP Practice Co-Leader.

As a former law clerk to the current Chief Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Mr. Corcoran has a unique familiarity with patent law, practice, local patent rules, and procedures in the federal district and appellate courts. His trial and appellate experience includes pre-trial expert and non-expert discovery, motion practice, jury selection, and patent-infringement trials and appeals in the district courts, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Corcoran received an L.L.M., with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007; a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2001; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1999; and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with honor, from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in numerous federal district and appellate courts. His Texas license is pending.

Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Mr. Corcoran was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his clerkships, Mr. Corcoran previously served as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and currently serves as a Commander in the Engineering Duty Officer Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserves.

About Thompson & Knight

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, intellectual property, finance, banking, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, corporate governance, creditors rights, real estate, labor, white collar defense, and environmental matters, among others. We are particularly recognized for our depth of experience and capabilities on behalf of clients in the energy industry, both domestically and around the world. Thompson & Knight has approximately 350 attorneys with offices in Texas, New York, and Michigan and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe.

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