King & Spalding has hired Richard Groos, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. technology and innovation practice, as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice, focusing on managing global trademark portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Groos, who was also global co-head of Norton Rose’s consumer markets international business group, will reside in King & Spalding’s Austin office.

“Richard is a prominent and well-respected practitioner in the area of trademark and copyright portfolio management, and we are delighted to have him as part of our IP team,” said Holmes Hawkins, head of King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice. “His strong reputation and focus in this highly sophisticated area of IP practice significantly boosts the capabilities of our existing team to offer even more specialized services for many of our longtime clients with global brands.”

Groos has a broad-based intellectual property practice that includes consultation, implementation and strategic planning for domestic and international trademark and domain name registration and enforcement; trademark clearance, investigation and practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; and problem-solving for business needs in branding, advertising and trademark issues. He has also advised clients in the preparation and implementation of trademark manuals, licenses, internal processes for the capture and creation of intellectual property rights, intra-company agreements and anti-counterfeiting programs.

Groos has been recognized by a wide range of publications and is currently ranked in major industry surveys, including World Trademark Review 1000, Chambers USA, Legal 500 United States and Managing IP. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering science in environmental engineering from the University of Texas in 1981, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984.
“I am excited to join a firm that has identified intellectual property as one of its strategic priorities,” said Groos. “I consider the chance to work with partners whose skill sets complement mine—at a firm that will allow and support me to expand my client base and business—a great opportunity.”

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