Pillsbury today announced that intellectual property (IP) litigators Callie Bjurstrom and Peter Hahn have joined its Intellectual Property practice section as partners in San Diego. Formerly partners at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, the lawyers add considerable IP litigation and related business experience to Pillsbury. Specifically, Bjurstrom and Hahn’s backgrounds span key industries and disciplines including international technology law and global business, electronic gaming, consumer products and branding, IP portfolio management and complex litigation.

“Peter and Callie are tremendous additions to our firm,” said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain. “From securing IP assets and navigating cross-border agreements to handling complex litigation, Peter and Callie’s versatility and depth in these and other areas will help us further anticipate and answer our clients’ needs. Their addition furthers our commitment to Southern California generally and San Diego specifically.”

“Callie and Peter are skilled and accomplished partners and great fits for Pillsbury, both in San Diego and across our firmwide practices,” said Jack Barufka, firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s Intellectual Property practice. “With IP and litigation matters raising the stakes considerably across the core industries we serve, Callie and Peter bring invaluable insight for our clients and strategic growth potential for our firm.”

“Pillsbury’s industry profile and international platform make it a very attractive place to continue our work in San Diego and to grow our practice areas through collaboration with our new colleagues,” Bjurstrom added. “Pillsbury has built legal teams serving clients in some of the most dynamic and promising industries such as manufacturing, retail, social media, entertainment and technology. We look forward to contributing to these teams and working with companies in these exciting sectors.”

Named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top Women Litigators,” Callie Bjurstrom is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried cases to verdict as lead counsel in both state and federal court. Her practice involves the litigation (both offensive and defensive) of IP rights, including patent, trademark, trade dress, licensing and copyright claims, as well as unfair competition, unfair business practices, trade secret and other general business litigation matters. Bjurstrom successfully defended Multimedia Games, Inc. in a patent infringement action where she was responsible for defending the design, development and operation of the New York State Video Lottery System supporting 10 casinos and 14,000 video lottery terminals. She represented Leathertrend LLC and Robinson & Robinson, Inc. in litigation with Peterman Lumber, Inc. over the sale and delivery of lead contaminated furniture legs yielding a $5 million verdict in favor of her clients for past damages and future lost profits. Bjurstrom also served as lead counsel for Eldorado Stone, LLC and Eldorado Stone Operations, LLC in IP and business litigation with Renaissance Stone, Inc. resulting in a verdict in excess of $23 million in compensatory and punitive damages for her clients. Bjurstrom received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from the University of Arizona.

Peter Hahn focuses his practice on domestic and international litigation, technology law, IP licensing and prosecution including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. His extensive litigation experience is focused in the areas of IP and technology issues. Representative cases include the Multimedia Games litigation as well as litigation and trials involving medical products in the fields of radiation targeting, joint implants, vascular surgery, liposuction and dentistry. His domestic and international transactional experience includes advising on technology transfer, joint venture and R&D agreements, as well as sophisticated technology and IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hahn also lectures and advises attorneys and clients on intellectual property acquisition, protection and enforcement strategies and procedures. He is fluent in German and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the University of Houston.




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