Andrii Yalanskyi /
27 November 2019AmericasSarah Morgan

DLA Piper hires Arnold & Porter counsel

DLA Piper has strengthened its San Francisco office with the addition of a former Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer counsel.

Soumitra Deka joins the patent litigation subgroup of DLA Piper’s IP and technology practice as a partner.

He has experience in fields including pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, software and telecoms, and semiconductors.

Mark Fowler, global co-chair and US chair of the patent litigation practice, said Deka is an experienced patent litigator who is “well-respected within the pharmaceutical and broader life sciences industries”.

Deka is also a registered patent attorney and regularly represents clients in inter partes review proceedings.

Stephen Cowan, managing partner of DLA Piper’s San Francisco office, said that Deka’s wide-ranging experience makes him a “key asset” for the firm’s growing team of life sciences practitioners in Northern California.

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