Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC announced the formation March 1, 2010, of a new intellectual property (IP) boutique based in Washington, DC (http://www.atfirm.com). Ralph P. Albrecht, Cameron H. Tousi, and David M. Farnum, formerly of Venable LLP, are the founding members of the firm, which will focus on the enforcement and procurement of IP rights.
Having represented leading multinationals as well as startups, the founding partners and counsel are experienced in all avenues of technology protection and enforcement, from licensing and litigation, to technology transactions, to building sophisticated domestic patent prosecution and outbound foreign filing programs.
Mr. Albrecht is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), and former Chair of the BADC’s Patent Trademark Copyright (PTC) Section, who served as co-chair of Venable's patent prosecution practice group from 2000-2004. Mr. Albrecht will continue his patent litigation, licensing and patent procurement practice at Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC (http://www.atfirm.com). Prior to joining private practice of law in 1997, Mr. Albrecht was a leading technical consultant with IBM from 1989-1999.
Mr. Tousi is a distinguished IP licensing and litigation attorney with an active intellectual practice for leading corporations. Mr. Tousi previously served as Director of Intellectual Property for the Telecommunications Business of Samsung Electronics, and has had a distinguished career with such firms as Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM. Mr. Tousi, along with Mr. Albrecht, had joined Venable in May of 2000 through merger with Lane, Aitken & McCann.
Mr. Farnum has built a national reputation as an intellectual property litigator and licensing attorney through his years with Venable and Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on patent trial, appellate and other intellectual property work in a variety of technologies ranging from electronics, telecommunications products and services, software, computer hardware and financial services.
“As a past president of the Bar Association of DC, the nation’s third oldest bar association, I am proud we are founding our firm in the Nation’s capital city,” said Albrecht. As former co-chair of Venable’s patent prosecution group, focusing on its domestic patent practice, Albrecht oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in that firm’s patent practice, while building a world class patent foreign filing department in its Washington Office, before moving his practice more recently to its Northern Virginia office.
“This boutique law firm platform will enable us to meet a growing need in the IP services marketplace at a time when businesses around the country and across the globe are seeking creative, cost effective solutions to increasingly difficult legal and financial challenges," Mr. Farnum said. Agreeing, Mr. Tousi underscored, "our combination of large firm and intellectual property boutique legal and industry experience will provide the firm the ability to provide cost effective, high quality legal services solutions to clients of all sizes.” "Founding our own IP firm to continue to grow our respective legal services businesses has been a life’s dream of each of the principals," Mr. Albrecht said.