Steptoe Adds Partner, Counsel To IP Practice

April 11, 2005

(April 4, 2005, Washington, DC)—Steptoe & Johnson LLP has announced the addition of Roger W. Parkhurst as partner and Charles A. Wendel as of counsel, in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice group in Washington, DC.

Mr. Parkhurst and Mr. Wendel were formerly founders and partners at Parkhurst & Wendel LLP, Alexandria, Virginia, an IP boutique named among the best patent prosecution firms in the United States by IP Law & Business in 2003.  Mr. Parkhurst recently served as President of the 16,000- member American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

“Steptoe is fortunate to gain two prominent and talented attorneys with extensive experience across the IP spectrum, including patent and trademark litigation, prosecution, and counseling,” said Alfred M. Mamlet, head of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group.  “Their talents and experience will provide immediate benefits to our clients and to Steptoe’s rapidly expanding IP practice.”

A 1968 graduate of The George Washington University Law School, Mr. Parkhurst earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1965.  After law school, he served in the Patent Department at Xerox Corporation and then joined Stevens, Davis, Miller & Mosher of Arlington, Virginia, in 1971, becoming a partner in 1975.  He was subsequently a partner at Arnold, White & Durkee before founding Parkhurst & Wendel in 1990.

His technical focuses include chemical engineering, ceramics, electronic ceramics, metals, mechanics, textiles, electrostatics, electrophotography, biotechnology, and plants.

"Chuck and I built a successful firm that for many years provided us with challenging and interesting clients, but practicing with a larger group of high-quality attorneys on an international platform will offer expanded opportunities and provide our clients with a broader range of services,” said Mr. Parkhurst. 

Mr. Wendel graduated from Washington College of Law at American University in 1968, and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1964.   Following graduation from Rensselaer, he joined the US Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner in the high polymer group.  He subsequently worked in the Patent Department of Union Carbide Corporation for four years, before joining Stevens, Davis, Miller & Mosher in 1970, and becoming a partner in 1976.  After later practicing at Wegner & Bretschneider from 1983 to 1985, Mr. Wendel was an associate solicitor at the US Patent and Trademark Office, then practiced with Lyon & Lyon, Washington, D.C.  He joined Mr. Parkhurst in founding Parkhurst & Wendel in 1990.

Mr. Wendel’s technical focuses include polymers, organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, and biotechnology.

Both Mr. Parkhurst and Mr. Wendel are admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and New York, and to the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Fourth Circuit, and in the US District Courts for the District of Columbia, and Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  Mr. Parkhurst is also admitted to practice in the US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and to the US District Court for the Western District of New York.

With more than 400 attorneys, Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides counsel and representation in a wide range of legal fields. In more than 50 years of practice, the firm has gained a national and international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. Steptoe has offices in  Washington, New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, London and Brussels.