NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 30, 2007) - Maintaining an aggressive pace for the expansion of its intellectual property practice, King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that Ethan Horwitz, a top-ranked trademark and patent litigator, has joined its New York office as a partner. Horwitz was a partner and chairman of the intellectual property practice of Goodwin Procter.

King & Spalding's intellectual property practice has grown at an average rate of one new partner a month since September 2006. Horwitz's arrival marks the fifth new IP partner in the New York office and the 10th new IP partner at the firm in that time frame.

"We are excited to welcome Ethan to King & Spalding and look forward to the substantial contributions he will make to the firm and our clients," said Michael J. O'Brien, managing partner of King & Spalding's New York office. "The steady growth of our IP practice in New York is indicative of the firm's investment in this office and our ongoing commitment to fully serve our clients' needs."

Horwitz has more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law. He has advised clients in a full range of intellectual property services and litigated patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and false advertising cases in the United States and internationally. His practice includes worldwide acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property and advising clients on the enforcement of their intellectual property.

Courtland L. Reichman, head of King & Spalding's intellectual property practice, said, "Over the past 25 years, Ethan has developed a reputation as a top-flight intellectual property trial lawyer, handling an impressive roster of precedent-setting cases. He will be a key player in our continuing efforts to enhance the IP services we provide our clients."

Horwitz's experience in patent litigation includes an historic patent case in which he obtained the first-ever preliminary injunction on a design patent on behalf of Oscar Mayer for the company's Lunchables product. In a landmark case, he obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of Pepperidge Farm based on the company's rights to the shape of its Goldfish crackers. He is the author of three prominent treatises on intellectual property law published by Matthew Bender & Co. These are Patent Litigation: Procedures and Tactics (3 volumes), Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation (7 volumes) and World Trademark Law And Practice (5 volumes). Horwitz earned a J.D. degree at St. John's University School of Law, an M.S. degree at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a B.S. degree at Polytechnic Institute.

Horwitz was preceded at King & Spalding's New York office by the recent arrival of IP partners Katie McCarthy, Richard Pettus, Peg Brivanlou, Ph.D., and Ken Sonnenfeld, Ph.D. Since September 2006, five additional IP partners have joined the firm in its Houston and Atlanta locations. These are John Harbin, Tony Askew, Steve Schaetzel and Jim Johnson, Ph.D., in Atlanta, and Todd Mattingly, in Houston.

King & Spalding's New York IP group has grown to 35 lawyers and patent agents and the firm's IP practice overall now numbers over 100 lawyers and patent agents.

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