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National Patent Law Attorney Joins Smith Moore

National Patent Law Attorney Joins Smith Moore

April 6, 2004

Smith Moore LLP announces the addition of attorney Walter Boyd to its Business Practice. Boyd will join the firm's Greensboro office and brings an extensive knowledge of intellectual property law to the firm with a special emphasis on patents in the chemical and pharmaceutical technologies.

"There is a growing importance of intellectual property to the United State's economy with issues arising regarding the high cost of pharmaceuticals and the piracy of software and other copyrighted materials by third-world countries," said Steve Earp, managing partner of Smith Moore. "Walter's extensive experience with these issues and all other aspects of patent law increases the depth and capability of Smith Moore's intellectual properties practice."

Boyd joins Smith Moore from Finnegan, Henderson, Farrabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, one of the nation's premiere intellectual property firms located in Washington D.C., where he spent 18 years practicing patent law. Prior to joining Finnegan-Henderson, Boyd served as law clerk to Circuit Judges Marion T. Bennett and Edward S. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to his legal practice, Boyd has lectured frequently on intellectual property law issues and published prolifically on Federal Circuit decisions and the practice of chemical patent law.

Boyd earned his bachelor's degree, with honors, in biology and chemistry from Elon College; master's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; law degree, with honors, from North Carolina Central University School of Law; and also received a master's degree in patent and trade regulation law from The George Washington University Law School. He also served as chairman of the District of Columbia Bar's Patent Committee, and has been actively involved with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

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