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Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC

David Foster, Barbara Murphy, James Altman and David Nickel are delighted to announce the formation of the Washington, DC law firm of Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC. The firm will concentrate its practice on representing complainants, respondents and third-parties in litigation before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337 and judicial review and Customs' enforcement of orders issued thereunder. Such litigation involves primarily patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.

The members of the firm, who all were at the law firm of Miller & Chevalier Chartered, have been active in Section 337 cases for decades. They have litigated in more than 130 Section 337 investigations, more than 15% of all Section 337 investigations. The members are nationally and internationally recognized and ranked in Chambers & Partners, Managing Intellectual Property, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Foster, Murphy, and Altman are each past-Presidents of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, and Nickel is currently a member of its Executive Committee.

Foster indicated that "all of us are excited about continuing to practice together in our new firm. We think highly of Miller & Chevalier and the many friends we have worked with over the years, but found that we were facing ever increasing conflict issues that were keeping us out of too many cases." Murphy added "Having our own firm will minimize the conflicts issue and allow us to continue to provide the high-level of experience, judgment and litigation skills in Section 337 matters for which we are known." The firm looks forward to continuing to partner with other law firms on Section 337 matters, as they have in the past, putting together litigation teams that are both successful and efficient for clients.

For further information, please contact Barbara A. Murphy.


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