Building on the momentum created by several recent lateral hires, Cooley LLP announced today that leading Intellectual Property lawyers Walter Hanchuk and John Kheit have joined the firm as partners in its New York office. Walter and John were partners at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York, where Hanchuk was chair of Chadbourne's IP practice and Kheit led the firm's Mobile Technology practice. Hanchuk joins Cooley's national IP group as chair of the firm's New York IP practice and will be driving the strategic growth of the firm's IP practice in New York.
John Kheit focuses his practice on representing a variety of technology-focused companies in complex litigation, patent and licensing matters. Particularly active in the computer software sector, Kheit has a deep understanding of microprocessors, electronic commerce, payment systems, communication, wireless, and network technologies. He has also been involved in the patenting of pure software technologies, including financial instruments, data-structures, graphical user interfaces, digital rights management, and peer-to-peer networking.
Prior to practicing law, Kheit worked in high-technology, corporate and academic arenas, including positions with NeXT Computer, Inc., Time Warner, Harvard University, Franklin Pierce Law Center and the University of Toledo Law School. He received his JD from New York Law School; his BA and MBA from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and his LLM from Franklin Pierce Law Center.