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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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Attorney Spotlight: Juhi Patel

February 10, 2016

Juhi Patel1. Tell us about your practice.

My practice involves all aspects of soft IP law, from trademark and copyright prosecution to monitoring, enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. I handle much of the monitoring work for our clients' trademarks, including domain name monitoring, and an interesting development in that area is the creation of new gTLDs (such as .bank and .attorney) and the problems this poses for businesses that want to protect their brands, domain names, trademarks and other intellectual property from abuse by third-parties.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I wanted to become a civil rights lawyer because I always loved history—I was a history major in college—and was inspired by the ability of lawyers to incite massive social changes. When I finally arrived at law school, I quickly learned that I hated constitutional law. Thankfully, Shelley Thomas convinced me to take a class on copyright law with her and I came to the realization that I really enjoyed IP law.

3. How did your previous experience at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) prepare you for your role as an attorney within a law firm?

I worked as a trademark examining attorney at the USPTO for three years. During that time, I really learned the fundamentals of trademark law, the trademark prosecution process and how the USPTO and its examining attorneys think. I examined several thousand applications for all varieties of marks, goods, services and industries; I do not believe that kind of hands-on experience can be gained in such a short period of time anywhere else. The exposure to so many applications has made me a better attorney for our clients because there are very few situations in the trademark prosecution process which I have not seen before.


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