Merchant & Gould Adds Jeffrey D. Blake as Partner Veteran Litigator to Lead Firm's Atlanta Litigation Practice

October 26, 2011

Merchant & Gould, a leading national IP law firm, today announced that Jeffrey D. Blake has joined its Atlanta office as partner. Blake focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation, especially within the pharmaceutical, electrical engineering and computer software industries.

"Jeff's presence will be an immediate benefit to our clients here in the Southeast, and we are thrilled to have him join our Office," said D. Kent Stier, Managing Partner of Merchant & Gould's Atlanta Office. "His exemplary record and trial experience, especially relating to Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent litigation, will be a tremendous asset."

"We are really looking forward to Jeff joining our firm. He brings a great deal of litigation experience and record of success to our Atlanta Office," said Brian H. Batzli, CEO and Managing Director of Merchant & Gould.

Blake was most recently with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP, where he led the intellectual property litigation practice in Atlanta and was head of its generic pharmaceutical business development unit. Blake received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of Sports and the Law. He obtained a B.S. in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama.

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