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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRIPLES PATENT LAW FIRM CONTRACTS; NEW YORK'S MORGAN & FINNEGAN GETS LARGEST CONTRACT

 NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TRIPLES PATENT LAW FIRM CONTRACTS;
 NEW YORK'S MORGAN & FINNEGAN GETS LARGEST CONTRACT
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Morgan & Finnegan today announced the following:
 In response to sharply increased needs for patent law services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has increased its number of outside patent law firms from four to 12. Notice of the contracts is expected to be published this week in the Commerce Business Daily.
 The increase in patent activity has come directly from the creation last year of the NIH's Office of Technology Transfer, agency officials say.
 According to a letter sent by the NIH to contract recipients on Monday, the law firms will provide services in the five areas of (1) biology, (2) chemistry, (3) mechanical/electrical engineering patent prosecution, (4) specialized patent law services (including litigation), and (5) licensing consultation.
 Morgan & Finnegan, based in New York, received a contract of $1,066,000 -- the largest sum awarded to the 12 firms. According to William S. Feiler, a partner at the firm, "As the nation's pre-eminent research center, the NIH has substantial needs in the area of intellectual law. We are extremely pleased to have been selected to assist this government agency."
 Morgan & Finnegan has been selected to handle four of the five categories outlined in the contract. According to the NIH letter, Morgan & Finnegan has the largest number of categories awarded. The firm will provide services in all areas except licensing consultation.
 With over 80 lawyers, Morgan & Finnegan specializes in patent, copyright, trademark and other aspects of intellectual property law. The firm represents a number of U.S. and foreign corporations, individual inventors and institutions including the State University of New York and the Scripps Research Institute. The NIH award marks the firm's first contract with the U.S. government.
 The one-year contracts are from Dec. 13, 1991, through Dec. 12, 1992. The contracts contain options to renew for four successive 12-month periods.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A copy of the contractor notification letter, with all contract recipients listed, is available from A. Plesser, 212-489-6900./
 /CONTACT: William S. Feiler of Morgan & Finnegan, 212-758-4800; or Andrew Plesser of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, 212-489-6900, for Morgan & Finnegan/ CO: Morgan & Finnegan; National Institutes of Health ST: New York, District of Columbia IN: SU:


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