In 2005, St. Onge IP initiated a visiting attorney program to foster closer ties between our firm and correspondent firms representing mutual clients in different countries.
It only made sense that clients would be better served if attorneys around the world worked together. We quickly learned that whether we were sending our attorneys overseas or hosting a foreign attorney at home we all gained a greater global perspective and broader cultural understanding.
Visiting attorneys typically work for at least a month in a foreign office and are paid by their sponsoring firm. They are actively involved in client work, participate in team meetings, and work with a variety of partners and associates. In some cases, attorneys essentially change places; in others, the attorneys work side by side successively at each sponsor’s firm. In either situation, while the visiting attorneys learn about IP laws and business customs in the host country, our clients gain confidence that their particular needs are clearly understood and professionally addressed around the world.
Attorneys who have visited us:
Alexander works for the law firm of Uexküll & Stolberg in Hamburg, Germany where he is primarily focused on patent law in the area of chemistry and pharmaceutics. To gain further knowledge of how U.S. cases are handled, Alexander shadowed and worked with St. Onge IP attorneys for a month. One highlight was observing U.S. litigation proceedings, such as claim construction, which is handled much differently here than in Europe. He was able to experience the day-to-day operations of a U.S. practice, witness the cultural and procedural differences of legal cases, and build relationships on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Based in Paris with the law firm of Breese Derambure Majerowicz at the time, Renaud came to St. Onge IP to see how a U.S. firm functions. He became a part of the St. Onge IP team: learning how the U.S. patent process works, observing a U.S. litigation proceeding and gaining hands-on experience with prosecution.
Dag is a patent attorney for ABB AB in Sweden. Dag visited St. Onge IP where he got an inside glimpse into how a U.S. firm works through his day-to-day interaction and observation of his counterparts who were willing to share their knowledge and expertise. This experience cultivated a lasting business relationship.
Remy was a student at Ecole de Formation du Barreau studying to be a patent agent in Europe. For school credit, he worked one semester at our office in Stamford, focused exclusively on U.S. patents. He was able to see firsthand how a U.S. law firm operates, how the U.S. patent process works, and how clients’ portfolio needs are addressed. Remy got to experience a different culture, make business contacts and personal friends in the U.S., and advance his studies and career overseas. Remy later joined HUGOTAVOCATS, a business law firm in Paris with a significant international practice in the areas of the internet, new technologies, media, the arts and luxury.
Our attorneys who have worked abroad:
Alyson J. DiLena
St. Onge IP represents a great number of worldwide clients, so when Alyson wanted to see how patent, trademark and unfair competition cases are handled in Europe, there was no better way than to work in the Hamburg office of Uexküll & Stolberg in Germany. Alyson spent a month working closely with attorneys, who like her, specialize in chemical prosecution and litigation. She was also able to observe the effects of a first-to-file patent system and attend proceedings in a patent opposition, which may be implemented in the U.S. upon passage of pending patent reform legislation. Her deep knowledge of how the patent and trademark prosecution and litigation process works in the U.S. combined with her new insights of how the system is handled in Europe allow her to counsel clients more effectively on global patent and trademark strategies.
Steve B. Simonis
Steve’s engineering background allows him to understand the technical side of inventions; his experience as a patent lawyer at St. Onge IP allows him to effectively navigate the patent process in the United States. But when it came to European patent law, there was no better way to understand the foreign system than to work directly with a European law firm. Steve spent three months in Paris with Breese Derambure Majerowicz. There he worked with lawyers and their clients, went to the European patent office, listened to arguments, heard responses, followed the process, and understood what needed to be protected. Steve maintains the relationships and friendships he built while overseas, and our clients are assured that their IP needs are understood and handled efficiently in Europe.