Merchant & Gould Promotes Three Attorneys to Partners

January 01, 2008

Intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that it has promoted Kristine M. Boylan, Keith M. Sorge and Tong Wu of the Minneapolis office to partners at the firm.

"The hard work, experience and dedication of these three attorneys have enabled us to successfully defend our clients' intellectual property assets," said Randy King, CEO and managing director of Merchant & Gould. "On behalf of the entire firm, I would like to congratulate Kristine, Keith and Tong on their accomplishments."

Kristine M. Boylan
Boylan is experienced in first-chair trial and arbitration, and advises individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies on all areas of intellectual property protection and enforcement. Minnesota Law & Politics named her a "Rising Star" for the fifth time in 2008. She earned her J.D. at the William Mitchell College of Law and received a B.A. in English writing at St. Mary's College of Minnesota.

Keith M. Sorge
Sorge's practice focuses on litigation. His years of litigation experience include numerous intellectual property disputes venued in federal courts around the country. Sorge counsels clients on protecting their intellectual property portfolios and how best to seek redress when there is infringement of that property. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Previously, Sorge was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's (JAG) department. He received his J.D. with honors at the University of Texas School of Law, an LL.M. in air and space law at McGill University, and a B.A. in chemistry at the University of Northern Colorado.

Tong Wu, Ph.D.
Tong advises U.S. and international clients on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent portfolio planning and procurement, infringement and validity assessment and technology transfer. He also has experience in intellectual property right dispute resolution. He is well versed in a variety of technology areas, including semiconductor and superconductor devices, optical systems, electronics, medical imaging and diagnostic systems, telecommunication systems, orthopedic implants and materials characterization and testing systems. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the William Mitchell College of Law, a B.S. and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master's and doctorate in materials science from Cornell University.

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