The partnerships of Houston-based Novak Druce + Quigg LLP and Wilmington, Del.-based Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, have each voted to enter into exclusive merger discussions with the other. Subject to final discussions and certain closing conditions and partnership voting, it is expected that the merger of these two intellectual property law firms will occur on January 1, 2013, creating the 7th largest intellectual property boutique firm in the country.
The merged firm will be known as Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, and will boast a roster of approximately 140 attorneys, agents and technical advisors. The combined firm will be headquartered in Houston, and will continue to be the largest intellectual property firm based in Texas. The firm will also have offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Del., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
“When we left Howrey and launched Novak Druce + Quigg in early 2005 with six attorneys, we had a collective vision of building a truly national platform to serve the specialized needs of our clients in intellectual property,” said Gregory V. Novak, the current managing partner of Novak Druce, and who will retain that role at the merged firm. “Now, with our anticipated combination with Connolly Bove we are well on the road to emerging as an IP super boutique with an unparalleled national platform and presence.”
“We share fully the vision laid out by Novak Druce. Our combined firm will flourish with an even larger, more focused national platform. Without doubt, our respective clients will benefit from the combined synergies of our new firm, and we could not be more excited about those possibilities. The combination fits perfectly with our long-term strategic goals,” remarked Jeffrey B. Bove, the managing partner of Connolly Bove. Bove will remain at the merged firm as senior partner, along with Novak Druce’s Donald J. Quigg. Quigg served as the Under Secretary of Commerce and United States Commissioner for Patents and Trademarks, under President Ronald Reagan. Nationally renowned litigator Rudy Hutz will also remain with the new firm.
“In building this national platform we were always fortunate to have excellent clients and people within the firm. When this merger is completed we think that our model will prove that it’s all about the people—meaning our people and our clients—and serving clients’ needs seamlessly from prosecution to post grant and litigation. The IP super boutique lives and thrives,” commented Novak.
Connolly Bove is strong in the chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical areas, which complements Novak Druce’s high-tech centric practice. The combined firm’s top clients will be chemical, biopharmaceutical, and computer/smart phone based.