Law firm Alston & Bird has elected four new partners in its Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group: Keith Broyles, Christopher Humphrey, Angela Payne James and Kevin Ransom.

Alston & Bird has more than 130 attorneys in seven different practice specialty areas including, litigation, biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical, electronics and computer technology, mechanical, trademarks and copyright, and transactional.

Broyles, who will join the Atlanta office, focuses his practice on the resolution of technology-based disputes, particularly, patent, trade secret and copyright litigation. He also has experience in patent prosecution, licensing and counseling. A published author on subjects of patent law, litigation and technology, Broyles is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Humphrey, a new member of the Raleigh office, concentrates his practice on patent prosecution, particularly domestic and foreign prosecution of mechanical, chemical and biotechnology patents. He is a member of the IP Law Section of the N.C. Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Currently, Humphrey serves as president of the Triangle IP Law Association.

Also in Atlanta will be James, who focuses her practice on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation as well as complex commercial litigation involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair and deceptive trade practices. She has litigated matters on behalf of a variety of technology-based clients, including software companies, Internet service providers and medical technology companies. A published author on trademark and Internet-related issues, James has counseled clients on IP compliance and enforcement matters.

In the Charlotte office of Alston & Bird, Ransom will concentrate his practice in the area of intellectual property, specifically on prosecution of electrical and computer engineering patents, trademarks, and transactional and due diligence matters. Prior to law, Ransom worked for both Analysis Measurement Services and Honeywell Corp. as a systems engineer.

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