Alston & Bird has added eight patent, trademark, and copyright specialists to its practice and New York office from the international law firm Coudert Brothers.

Joining Alston & Bird as partners are Philippe Bennett, Robert Hanlon, and Thomas Parker. Walter Scott and Lara Holzman also are joining the Atlanta-based firm as counsel. Amy Manning, Michael Burns, and Sarah Hsia are new associates.

This team brings expertise in intellectual property litigation, with emphasis in pharmaceutical, including FDA, medical and mechanical arts matters. The group’s practice is trial oriented, and its members have handled a broad spectrum of intellectual property disputes for domestic and international companies.

Alston & Bird says the addition of these lawyers brings its intellectual property practice to 130 who practice intellectual property law 100 percent of the time, making it one of the largest of its kind in the country.

“The addition of Philippe, Robert, Tom, Walter, and Lara and their associates adds significant depth to our intellectual property litigation capabilities,” said Alston & Bird’s IP co-chair Mike McCoy. “They are recognized leaders in the international intellectual property arena and will fully complement our existing expertise.”

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