Taylor English Forms Technology Group, Hires IP Attorney Jeff Kuester

February 25, 2010

Atlanta – Feb. 25, 2010 –Taylor English Duma LLP has formed a technology group to address the growing need for intellectual property expertise and plans on hiring patent attorneys, patent agents and technical advisors. The law firm has also brought on 17-year IP attorney Jeff Kuester to lead the technology group’s new patent preparation, prosecution and enforcement practice.   Taylor English has grown 50 percent over the past year through the addition of 25-plus attorneys. With the addition of Kuester and his IP management practice, said partner and technology group member Bob Goldberg, the firm is well-positioned to become the law firm of choice in Atlanta for technology companies. “With our roster of senior attorneys with tech experience, it makes a strong case to form a technology group,” Goldberg said. “Attorneys in this group understand the technology business and the issues tech firms face.” The technology group will have an increased focus on venture capital, patent applications, patent defense, IP management, privacy, software licensing and Internet law. Members consist of attorneys from several practice areas, including corporate & capital obtainment, commercial contracting & dispute resolution, employment & immigration, and tax. Many members have served as general and senior in-house counsels and in other capacities for Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies:

  • Jeff Kuester - IBM.
  • Scott Duma - XcelleNet, Premiere Global Services, Per-Se Technologies and DCA.
  • Jonathan Wilson - Interland, Web.com, EasyLink Services International.
  • Bruce Richards - Equifax, Certegy
  • Mike Sullivan – Sanmina/SCI
  • Bob Goldberg - MCI Telecommunications, Harbor Payments Corp.

Kuester: ‘We’re Growing and Still Hiring’   Kuester, previously a founding partner at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP, has secured hundreds of patents over his career. He has substantial experience in software, telecommunications and electronics. One particular case he brings to Taylor English is the heavily-watched Bilski v. Kappos. Kuester represents the co-inventors in this U.S. Supreme Court case, which involves business-method and software-patent rights. “Jeff is one of the most respected attorneys in the country regarding intellectual property matters,” Goldberg said. “His commitment to helping clients maximize the value of their IP fits perfectly with our approach to practicing law.” Kuester has spent most of his career in technology law. Earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, he currently teaches Intellectual Property Law at Georgia State University. Other technology roles have included:

  • Chair of the American Bar Association’s Patent Legislation Committee.
  • Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law sections.
  • Board of Editors for Internet Law & Strategy journal.

Kuester said the need for effective IP defense is at an all-time high due to increasing complexities—and rising costs—in patent litigation. On Feb. 1, for example, Boston Scientific Corp. said it would pay Johnson & Johnson $1.73 billion to end a patent dispute. “It’s becoming harder to create strong patent rights,” Kuester said. “The law is evolving faster than it ever has. That’s why it’s important for technology firms of all sizes to have a technology-focused law firm on their side.” Kuester said he came to Taylor English because the firm has several advantages over larger, more traditional firms. The firm, he said, passes cost savings to clients because of lower overhead. In addition, Taylor English is able to invest firm-wide in the newest of technologies—including an online system that will provide clients efficient and cost-saving access to patent files and deadlines. Kuester said the right balance of legal expertise and cost effectiveness has uniquely positioned Taylor English for rapid growth. “We’re growing and still hiring,” Kuester said. “We fully expect to be Atlanta’s premiere full-services law firm for technology companies.”

About Taylor English Duma LLP

Taylor English is a full-service business law firm that provides high quality legal services for optimal value. Areas of practice include Employment & Labor, Technology, Business Transactions, Corporate & Taxation, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Real Estate, Development & Construction.  Taylor English represents all types of clients—from Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to individuals. The firm has grown from four attorneys in 2005 to over 75 attorneys today. For more information, visit www.taylorenglish.com.

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