We are pleased to announce that Rouget Frederic (Ric) Henschel has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group.

Dr. Henschel's practice focuses on counseling clients in patent matters, representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), litigation, and licensing. His experience includes technologies such as biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.

Dr. Henschel's expertise includes inter partes review, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligence investigations, negotiating and interpreting patent licenses, procuring domestic and foreign patents, post-grant reexamination and reissue proceedings, and interferences. His practice also includes litigation in federal and state trial courts, and appeals before the USPTO Patent Trials and Appeals Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

A frequent public speaker, Dr. Henschel has served as a faculty member of the Patent Information Users Group, the Pharmaceutical Education & Research Institute and the Asia Pacific Legal Institute. On behalf of the Federal Circuit Historical Society, he has moderated panel discussions to provide videotaped oral histories of the late Chief Judge Howard T. Markey and the late Judge Marion T. Bennett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Dr. Henschel earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the City University of New York and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining PLG, Dr. Henschel was a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader (retired) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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