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This week, Venable announced the addition of Adam Hess as a partner in the Intellectual Property group in the Washington, DC office. An IP litigator with extensive experience in federal court litigation and handling Section 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission, Hess also has a broad cross-border background representing Asia-based technology companies, notably in Japan but also in China and elsewhere. In addition to litigation, he counsels clients on all matters of IP transactions, such as portfolio management, licensing, due diligence, and patent prosecution.

Since joining Venable, multiple publications have featured Hess’ move including Law360 and The Blog of Legal Times on July 11, 2012 and Bloomberg on July 12, 2012.

In an interview with Law360, Hess spoke about his international experience which began in the 1990s while working with clients in Asia. “At that time, a lot of people were focused on growing patent prosecution work, but they weren't so focused on litigation,” Hess said. “I took the approach that they're going to need patent litigation services in the U.S., and they're going to need people to handle that work for them.” Speaking about his decision to join Venable, Hess said, “The collegiality here at Venable was something that appealed to me,” Hess said. “It's not a bunch of solo practitioners here working under one roof. The attorneys here really do work together.” Hess also cited Venable’s commitment and depth in the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas, “from the patent agent level all the way up.” Added Hess, “I'm trying to grow my practice, and in order to do so, I need to have people I can trust to handle my work on a day-to-day basis, and I see that here at Venable…These are people who are excited and energized about growing the practice, and these are the people I want to be working with.”

Speaking with The Blog of Legal Times, Hess said he was drawn to Venable because of the experience and professionalism of the attorneys at the firm. “The fact that other top notch attorneys have decided to join the IP practice at Venable gave me the confidence that I wasn't making the decision foolishly,” Hess said. He noted his broad IP litigation background complemented Venable's practice, adding, “My background in the ITC is a nice fit in an area that the firm wants to grow and where I want to grow.”