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Patent and Trademark Attorneys John D. McConaghy and Billy Robbins Join Firm in Pasadena Office


April, 2016

Veteran patent and trademark attorneys John D. "Jack" McConaghy and Billy Robbins have joined Karish & Bjorgum.  With unparalleled intellectual property experience between them, McCognahy and Robbins add great depth and breadth to Karish & Bjorgum's practice.

Jack McCognahy began his career at Lyon & Lyon, where he was partner for many years, before joining Fulbright & Jaworski as Partner-In-Charge of the Los Angeles Office. He later opened the Los Angeles office of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, LLP.  Jack holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California, and obtained his law degree from UCLA.  He has received numerous awards for his intellectual property work, including being named Best Lawyers' 2014 Los Angeles Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year," Los Angeles Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year" 2015 and the American Registry - Top Attorneys in Southern California 2015. 

Jack represents clients in a variety of areas including patent counseling and opinions, due diligence, licensing, interferences, prosecution, reissue and reexamination in the mechanical, automotive and medical device arts, including trademark and unfair competition and trade secret counseling and opinions, due diligence, licensing, prosecution and oppositions.  Though Jack's practice currently focuses on prosecution, he has tried several patent cases to verdict.

Also joining Karish & Bjorgum is Billy Robbins, a legend among Southern California intellectual property attorneys.  Practicing patent, trademark and copyright law for over 45 years, Robbins--known as "The Idea Doctor"-- has helped thousands of inventors and companies protect their creations.  Like Jack, Billy comes to Karish & Bjorgum from Connolly Bove and before that Fulbright & Jaworski.

Billy holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from USC.  He is the President of The Technolink Association, and is a Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society.  He was a Senior Technical Advisor for the Peoples Republic of China in its Star Program regarding Intellectual Property Laws and Technology Transfer.

 Jack and Billy add a tremendous amount of technical and legal experience to our team.