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Christopher Seamus Finnerty

Christopher Seamus Finnerty

Practice areas:

Antitrust & Trade Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation

About Me

Christopher S. Finnerty is an attorney in Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough's Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Mr. Finnerty represents clients in antitrust, distribution, Internet and intellectual property matters. He serves as antitrust counsel to both national and international corporations, advising on both legal and practical aspects of distribution. He concentrates his practice in the design and implementation of distribution strategies, with resale price maintenance strategies such as unilateral or "Colgate" policies for companies with annual sales ranging from $10 million to $5 billion. Mr. Finnerty routinely negotiates national and international distribution contracts for manufacturers.

Mr. Finnerty's intellectual property practice includes trademark and copyright infringement litigation and advice regarding intellectual property dilution over the Internet. Specifically, Mr. Finnerty helps companies devise strategies to limit unauthorized resale of their products and importation of counterfeit products by targeting both consumer web sites (such as eBay) and business-to-business web sites (such as DHGate). The Brand Equity and Strategic Distribution group has working relationships with more than 100 of the world’s largest consumer and business-to-business web sites, in an effort to limit the grey market and eliminate counterfeit sales. Mr. Finnerty has more than five years of online monitoring experience with a focus on the eBay marketplace. He assists companies with the early detection and suppression of online counterfeits as well as providing companies with the tools to protect their distribution strategies and enforce their intellectual property rights.

Mr. Finnerty's team has created a unique approach to combating the issues that arise on eBay by combining proprietary software and a knowledge of worldwide intellectual property laws. The number of auctions shut down on eBay by WolfBlock's Boston team in a year averages 15,000 per company. In addition to simply shutting down auctions, Mr. Finnerty has worked to identify marketplace trends and has successfully pursued litigation against the biggest sellers.

Representative clients of Mr. Finnerty include GN Netcom, Inc., Corsa Performance and the Roll-N-Lock Corporation.

Mr. Finnerty is a member of the Section of Antitrust Law of both the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

Mr. Finnerty is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Gettysburg College.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Antitrust & Trade Law: 50%
  2. Intellectual Property: 40%
  3. Litigation: 10%

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Contact Info

K&L Gates

State Street Financial Center
One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA, 02111-2950

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200304/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerK&L Gates2015 - Present
PartnerNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough2009 - Present
N/AWolf Block2006 - 2009

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Antitrust Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Boston Bar Association, Antitrust Law SectionMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bose Corporation V. MTF Mainland DistributorsN/A
Roger Cleveland Golf Company v. Yuedragon Casting CompanyN/A

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Columbia Business ReportNelson Mullins wins landmark case2011
National Law JournalWeb Host Liable for Contributory Infringement2011
Internet RetailerCourt holds SEO firm responsible for online sales of counterfeit golf clubs2011
Managing Intellectual PropertyIgnorance no longer Bliss for ISPs2011
Internet RetailerToys R Us Settles lawsuits over Web Price Pressure2011
Corporate Counsel MagazineBusiness as Usual2011
Wall Street JournalState Law Targets 'Minimum Pricing'2009
Internet RetailerMaryland prohibits manufacturers from setting minimum retail prices2009
Internet RetailerHow the Supreme Court Fractured Online Pricing2008
Inside CounselLeegin: Consumer Friend, Consumer Foe, or Manufacturer Opportunity?2007
Industry WeekResale Price Maintenance and Long Term Distribution Strategy2007
PWA & PAR NewslineA Leegin UP on Colgate2007
US Industry TodayFair Price2007
PWA & PAR NewslineEver Evolving Marketplace2006
PWA & PAR NewslineM.A.P Unwrapped2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Gettysburg CollegeN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NAMM 2011 Fly-InIntellectual Property and Counterfeiting:2011
Specialized Equipment Manufacturing AssociationUnilateral Policies2007