SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that Jessica Wolff is joining the Firm's San Diego office as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Wolff is a shareholder in Heller Ehrman's San Diego office.

Wolff is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and patent counselor serving the life sciences industry. She has advised hundreds of biotech and pharmaceutical companies on IP matters during her 15-year career.

"Cooley has one of the leading life sciences practices nationwide and our San Diego office is the market leader in representing life sciences companies," said Fred Muto, partner in charge of Cooley's San Diego office. "Jessica's arrival further strengthens our ability to advise these companies on patent and IP matters that are critical to their success."

"I am delighted to be joining Cooley," said Wolff. "The Firm's life sciences and intellectual property practices are highly regarded both in San Diego and nationally. I look forward to being a member of the Cooley team and to helping further expand the Firm's intellectual property capabilities."

Wolff's practice will focus on IP litigation and patent portfolio management within the life science industry. She has represented start-ups and mature public companies in a wide variety of intellectual property disputes including patent, trade secret, and breach of IP license actions. She advises biotech and pharmaceutical companies on intellectual property matters and has extensive experience in managing worldwide patent portfolios, conducting freedom of use analyses for developing products, drafting invalidity and non-infringement opinions and conducting due diligence. She has broad experience litigating chemical and biotech patents on antibodies, antigen assays, device calibration techniques, DNA amplification techniques, drug formulations and genetic probes, medical devices and viruses.

Recently Wolff successfully represented a pharmaceutical company in a cutting edge Lanham Act litigation against five manufactures of unapproved quinine sulfate that resulted in consent judgments, a preliminary injunction in a separate litigation against another manufacturer, and ultimately achieved Orphan Drug exclusivity for quinine sulfate.

Wolff earned her B.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1986, an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 and a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1992. She is a frequent speaker and author on IP matters facing life sciences companies.

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