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Dykema Adds Jeffrey Pine In Chicago

Patent Attorney Joins Firm’s Leading Intellectual Property Department; Brings Extensive Electrical Engineering Experience

August 2, 2010

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Jeffrey A. Pine to its Intellectual Property Department as Of Counsel in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Dykema, Pine was a founding partner of IP boutique firm Valauskas & Pine.

Pine focuses his practice on technology-related litigation and licensing matters, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes. He has extensive experience in counseling and providing intellectual property protection for start-up and established Internet-based companies. He also has a wide technical background, having worked as an engineer at a major defense contractor designing and developing Automated Testing Equipment for complex electronic systems.

“As both a patent attorney and engineer, Jeff brings high-levels of experience and knowledge in the electrical, mechanical, software and Internet fields,” said Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr., Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “His arrival will boost our already strong patent prosecution and litigation support capabilities, and he will have a tremendous impact on the continued growth and success of our national IP practice as well as our Chicago office.”

Prior to founding Valauskas & Pine in 2007, Pine was a founding partner of Baniak, Pine & Gannon. Previously, Pine began his intellectual property career at Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione.

Pine is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association.

He received a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Dykema’s attorneys counsel clients on all aspects of the procurement, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s intellectual property attorneys, including numerous attorneys who are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, prepare, prosecute and enforce patents in a diverse range of industries including automotive, communications, computer, electronics biotechnology, chemical and consumer products. For more information on Dykema’s Intellectual Property Department, please visit

About Dykema

A leading national law firm built upon its Midwestern heritage and values, Dykema has offices located in California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Washington, D.C., and a national practice focused on serving Fortune 1000 and middle-market companies. Dykema advises domestic and foreign-based companies and institutions on a wide variety of sophisticated business issues including corporate governance, litigation, growth strategies and risk reduction, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, e-commerce and many others. A strategic partner to its clients, Dykema maintains leading national vertical industry practices with substantial depth and experience, in areas including automotive, pharmaceutical/medical devices, financial services/insurance, and energy and electric distribution. Dykema continues to expand its work for companies who increasingly are attracted to the firm's sophisticated practices, skilled lawyers and commitment to providing value and quality service.