Those who know me well consider me to be a hard working and creative attorney. After practicing of law for nearly 25 years in big firms, I opened my own practice in 2009.
My clients range from large international and national corporations to small and medium-size closely held companies, innovative start-ups, software developers, Internet-based companies, medical institutions, universities and individual artists, photographers, musicians and inventors.
My practice covers all phases of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law, including prosecution, licensing and litigation as well as software licensing, emerging new media issues and electronic commerce.
I've successfully prosecuted patent applications for a variety of clients in the chemical and mechanical arts including food processing technologies, industrial packaging and labeling, plastic bottle manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, toys, environmental monitoring equipment, telecommunications networks and RFID tracking systems.
In addition to preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, I have initiated and defended numerous trademark oppositions, cancellations and ICANN UDRP domain name disputes as well as trademark infringement, unfair competition, patent infringement and copyright infringement actions in state courts, federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission. Roughly a third of my practice is trademark clearance, prosecution, UDRP domain name dispute resolution and litigation. I am also an active committee member of the INTA emerging issues subcommittee.
From 1991 to 1996 I was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. I've lectured in Russia to Russian entrepreneurs in the practicalities of conducting business with western counterparts, to visiting delegations of businessmen, lawyers and government officials from several provinces in China and to a delegation from The Chinese Government Central Committee.
In 2005 I was a participant in a panel presentation before a group of international lawyers in Prague, Czech Republic where I discussed the legal and regulatory hurdles facing biosimilars in the generic drug industry in the United States. Also in 2005, I gave a presentation to the Global Interdependence Council at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia entitled "The Changing Face of Intellectual Property Rights in China" and in 2007, I participated in a meeting of international lawyers in Beijing China which the focused on the growing recognition of IPR in that country.
I am AV rated by my peers in Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating in the legal profession.
Licensed since 1986
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2004|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2003|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2001|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2000|
|Voting Shareholder||Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney||2008 - 2009|
|Chair Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group||WolfBlock LLP||1995 - 2008|
|Attorney||Dilworth Paxson, LLP||1988 - 1995|
|Senior Research Scientist||Merck & Co., Inc.||1975 - 1983|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee||Member||2009 - Present|
|International Trademark Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Benjamin Franklin Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||N/A|
|Practising Law Institute||Member||N/A|
|Intellectual Property Lawcast||Regular IP, Technology Audits Should Include Policies as well as Property||2004|
|Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||Protecting Your Trade Secrets – Does Your Company Have an Effective Computer Use and E-mail Monitoring Policy?||2002|
|Copyright World||Protection of Information Rights Outside of Copyright: The Philadelphia Eagles v Philadelphia||2002|
|Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||Keeping Tabs on Your Property: Why it Makes Sense to Do an Intellectual Property and Information Technology Audit Now||2002|
|Banking Law Journal||Records Retention: What Banks Don't Know Can and Likely Will Hurt||2002|
|New York Law Journal||Audit Keeps Tabs on Intellectual Property||2002|
|Protection of Information Rights Outside of Copyright: The Philadelphia Eagles v Philadelphia||Sports and Character Licensing||2002|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Edgewood College||Biology / Chemistry||BS - Bachelor of Science||1975|
|Rutgers University, Newark||Biochemistry||N/A||N/A|
|TAGLaw annual meeting||Challenges for biosimilars in the generic drug industry in the United States||2005|