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

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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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