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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIAMI -- Rafael Perez-Piñeiro has joined the Intellectual Property department as a member at McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.

Perez-Piñeiro 
is based in the firm's Miami office. He joins a national team of more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and professionals. Perez-Piñeiro comes to McDonald Hopkins after seven  years with a boutique firm that specializes in intellectual property law. He began his legal career as a patent agent at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, and as an intellectual property attorney at Blank Rome LLP, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, and IBM Corporation. Other prior affiliations include serving as an electronics engineer at the National Security Agency and as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Throughout Perez-Piñeiro's career he has gained extensive litigation experience in all areas of intellectual property, including those involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.  He also has significant experience with patent post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Perez-Piñeiro advises clients on a variety of transactional matters involving intellectual property and technology, such as license agreements, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, and open source software investigations and clearances. In addition, he conducts due diligence investigations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

As a registered patent attorney, Perez-Piñeiro procures patents for software, computer hardware, semiconductors, radio-frequency systems, logic circuits, mechanical and biomedical devices. In addition, he handles trademark matters, including trademark prosecution and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

"Rafa is an outstanding addition to our Miami office and national intellectual property team," said Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez, managing member of the firm's Miami office. "His wide ranging intellectual property experience in government, business and law is impressive. His addition underscores McDonald Hopkins'commitment to remaining an integral part of South Florida'sgrowth as a hub for technology and other knowledge-based industries."  

Perez-Piñeiro earned a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico. He can be reached at 305.704.2980 or 
rperez@mcdonaldhopkins.com

The Intellectual Property department at McDonald Hopkins has a deep bench of attorneys focused on delivering a comprehensive range of innovative solutions and insightful industry expertise across a diverse group of technical disciplines.

About McDonald Hopkins
Founded in 1930, McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with locations in Chicago, Cleveland,Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. The firm's Miami office opened in 2011 and is located in the Southeast Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2600, Miami, Florida 33131.

Our subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit 
mcdonaldhopkins.com.

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