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Commerce and Community: June 28, 2013

Commerce and Community: June 28, 2013

News and notes from around the business community.

Plug Power taps Prades for board of directors

LATHAM — Plug Power Inc., a provider of clean energy solutions, has announced that Eric Prades, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Business, will join its board of directors.

Prades brings more than 20 years of international strategic and operations leadership from his work at Air Liquide, especially in hydrogen energy markets. Since 2008, the group has grown to become a leader within the European hydrogen industry, having deployed hundreds of hydrogen fuel-cell systems.

Prades also oversees the Horizon Hydrogen Energy (H2E) program, a research and development program working to build sustainable and competitive hydrogen-energy solutions in France from 2009 to 2016.

Before joining Air Liquide, Prades was at Thomson Group, where he had extensive operations experience in Europe and Asia through a variety of positions, ending as the general manager of operations for Thailand.

Barton & Loguidice adds three to firm

ALBANY — Engineering and architecture firm Barton & Loguidice, P.C., has hired Christopher M. Hannett as an engineer I in the firm’s Albany transportation group. A resident of Guilderland, Hannett earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Clarkson University. Prior to joining B&L, he was employed as a transportation construction inspector for the state Department of Transportation.

Jonathan M. Amos joined the firm as a senior inspector/engineering technician in the water/wastewater group. A resident of Sloansville, Amos graduated from Jefferson Community College.

Amanda Johansen, of Troy, also joined the firm’s water/wastewater group as an engineer I. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Law firm names new associates

ALBANY — Hoffman Warnick LLC, an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, has appointed Garrett M. Smith, James M. Acheson Jr. and Matthew J. Kinnier as associates.

• Smith’s practice includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications, rendering legal opinions and patent counseling. He previously served as a law clerk at the firm. Before clerking with Hoffman Warnick, Smith served as a law clerk at a New Hampshire intellectual property firm.

Smith’s background includes a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering-science, technology and society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

• Acheson’s practice involves preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts. Prior to joining Hoffman Warnick, Acheson worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., office of a national IP. firm as special assistant attorney general for Massachusetts. Before that he was a patent and antitrust litigator for a national firm and was a molecular biology/radiation oncology researcher at Harvard Medical School.

His background includes a B.S. from Reed College, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

• Kinnier’s practice involves preparing and prosecuting patent applications, patentability and infringement opinions, and analysis of patent portfolios. Before becoming an associate at Hoffman Warnick, Kinnier worked as a contracted attorney for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, where he prepared patent applications, prosecuted pending cases and provided intellectual property support for several businesses within the company.

Kinnier earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management from Clarkson University and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Kinnier is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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