22 July 2009 - Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Gary M. Hnath has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property Group in Washington, DC.  He will also work extensively with the firm’s Government & Global Trade Group.  Previously, Mr. Hnath was a partner at Bingham McCutchen and earlier in his career was a senior trial attorney at the International Trade Commission (ITC).  

Mr. Hnath’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including  patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes.  A former president of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and former Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s ITC Committee, he is a leading authority on Section 337 litigation at the ITC. Section 337 prevents the importation of unfair imports into the United States, and its use in global disputes involving intellectual property rights has increased dramatically in recent years.  Mr. Hnath has participated in more than 30 Section 337 investigations, most of them as lead counsel and half of which went to trial.   He has litigated Section 337 cases for companies throughout the world, including the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Most recently, Mr. Hnath achieved significant victories in several high profile cases representing Chinese and other Asian  respondents in Section 337 investigations.

“Gary’s reputation and proven track record in Section 337 litigation, combined with the strength of our global IP practice, including Asia, will further enhance Mayer Brown’s ability to provide clients worldwide with a full-range of IP service offerings,” said Joseph P. Mahoney, co-firmwide practice leader for Mayer Brown’s IP Group.  “His addition will also greatly complement our U.S. IP practice, which was recently bolstered with the arrival last month of IP litigators Dennis Mondolino, Lisa Ferri and Brian Nolan to our New York office.”

Added Duane Layton, co-firmwide practice leader for the Government & Global Trade Group, “Gary’s experience at the ITC and representation of respondents throughout Asia and the rest of the world will be a significant asset to the firm’s Global Trade practice, which regularly represents clients in antidumping and other trade litigation proceedings before the ITC.” 

In commenting on his reasons for joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Hnath said, “Mayer Brown’s global platform and its leadership position among law firms in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and its strong relationships with technology-based U.S. companies that place a critical importance on protection of intellectual property rights, offer me an excellent opportunity to expand my practice and help grow the firm’s capabilities, especially in Section 337 matters.” 

In addition to his Section 337 experience, Mr. Hnath has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. District Court cases involving a wide variety of technologies, as well as providing advice and counseling to clients on IP matters and serving the community through his involvement in pro bono litigation matters. Mr. Hnath holds dual bachelors degrees from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Walter E. Black, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.