DURHAM … Daniels Daniels & Verdonik has added has added senior patent attorney Jose Cortina to supplement the firm’s intellectual property practice.

Cortina’s practice includes over 24 years of advising clients about patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licenses, technology transfer and other intellectual property matters. He will join patent lawyers Kevin Flynn and Caroline Rockafellow, as well as other firm attorneys who practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, computer, biotechnology and intellectual property licensing law.

Cortina was previously employed a partner by two national general practice firms as a member of their well-respected international intellectual property groups. He has also served as in-house counsel to AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) and IBM, where he provided advice at the highest executive levels, including in connection with joint development, license and joint venture agreements with other Fortune 20 corporations.

“Intellectual property plays a key role in the businesses of most of our clients, and they will all benefit greatly from Jose’s contributions,” Flynn said in a statement.

“I am joining DD&V because this team is poised to assume an even-greater leadership role in intellectual property matters and to grow the practice in a manner best designed to serve our clients’ needs,” Cortina said. “I was particularly attracted because the firm not only does an excellent job of protecting intellectual property, but also in helping its clients to commercialize it.”

Cortina is the second major addition to the law firm this year. Securities lawyer Jim Verdonik became a partner at the firm in January.

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