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07/05/07

K&L Gates combats weak cellular signal in new offices


Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, LLP's (K&L Gates) 500 lawyers and staffers using wireless handhelds faced huge problems owing to weak cellular signals from its proximity to the White House. Poor cellular signals face problems penetrating massive steel high-rises and structures. In Washington, the problems are compounded owing to height restrictions in the area, which makes the builders to add multiple basement floors.

To combat with the problem of poor indoor cellular coverage, the law firm roped in San Jose-based LGC Wireless Inc., to install special indoor antennas to boost cellular signals. LGC's new system enables employees to use cell phones in offices three floors underground. The law firm incurring an expenditure of about $80,000 installed the LGC InterReach Unison system. Happy with the outcome, it also asked T-Mobile to install a mini base station worth about $20,000, and Verizon for a rooftop antenna at about $50,000. Rodney Carson, director of administration for the Washington headquarters of K&L Gates said that the firm's cell users as well as clients and attorneys are happy with the system's effect. The law firm also has Wi-Fi service installed throughout the new building.

A privately-held leader in specialized wireless coverage and capacity solutions for carriers and enterprises, LGC Wireless ships more than 10,000 systems to more than 100 countries worldwide.

Townsend is stocking up its Beltway office with local manpower
Townsend & Townsend & Crew, LLP, a 200-lawyer intellectual property law firm, is stocking up its yet to open Beltway office with local resources. In a bid to add teeth to its existing practice, the firm is on a fishing trip, filling the catch bucket with prized catches from the local legal circles in the Washington, DC, area. This office is the first office on the East Coast and the eighth location nationwide.

The new office will house five attorneys, three partners-Gary Morris, Neil McCarthy, and John McGroarty from Kenyon and Kenyon, LLP, while two more partners-Richard Meyer and Jonathan Link have come from McGuireWoods, LLP. Besides them, one special counsel, one associate, and a full support staff will also join the new set up. Gary Morris will serve as partner-in-charge of the office, while Richard Meyer, former McGuireWoods patent practice chair, will serve as head of East Coast litigation. The new office will concentrate on patent-focused practice, advising clients on a wide range of patent procurement (prosecution), patent validity and infringement opinions, patent portfolio counseling, and patent litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission.

With headquarters in San Francisco and additional offices in Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, San Diego, Seattle, and Tokyo, Townsend has more than 200 attorneys.

BIZARRE NEWS

Masculine lesbian escorted out of women's restroom
A 5-feet-5 masculine lesbian customer was shown the door of a restaurant on grounds that being a man she used the women's restroom. After the recently organized gay pride march in New York, Khadijah Farmer, 27, along with her girlfriend and a friend visited Caliente Cab Company, a Mexican restaurant in Greenwich Village. After the trio had some grub, Farmer went to the women's bathroom. Moments later a bouncer appeared in the bathroom and banged on the stall door asking Farmer to leave. The bouncer had apparently received a customer complaint that a man was using the women's restroom. Even after Farmer explained she was a female and offered to show her driver's license, the bouncer didn't budge. Farmer was accompanied out of the bathroom and the restaurant, after her friends were made to pay their bill. NYC law stands to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Farmer is being represented by Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund which has demanded the restaurant to pay compensation to Farmer on grounds of violating her civil rights. The Fund has also asked the restaurant to train its staff on such discrimination.

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