Ropes to split from 100-strong team as firm pulls out of patent prosecution work

US firm to spin off patent prosecution practice into new independent firm


About 100 lawyers and staff are poised to leave Ropes & Gray within the next few months, as the US firm prepares to spin off its patent prosecution practice into an independent firm.

The move by Ropes represents a major restructuring of the firm’s intellectual property (IP) practice, the bulk of which stems from the firm’s 2004 acquisition of 160-lawyer IP boutique Fish & Neave.

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