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I represent clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on the litigation of trademark, copyright, and related disputes; strategic trademark portfolio development, management, and protection; and counseling on the use and protection of copyrighted works. My areas of industry and technical experience include information technology, search engines, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer goods, financial services, restaurants and clubs, furniture and design, food and beverage, and sports and sporting goods.

In my copyright practice, I assist clients in designing and implementing policies both to protect their own copyrightable works and to ensure the appropriate use of the works of others, including the use of open source software. I am an experienced copyright litigator and also assist clients in enforcing their rights via the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service.

In the trademark area, I work proactively with clients to develop and implement trademark management programs designed to maximize the return on investment in both marketing and legal expenditures relating to brand management. I represent clients in trademark/unfair competition disputes in the federal and state courts, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and via alternative avenues of dispute resolution such as arbitration under the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.

In my transactional practice, I prepare and negotiate agreements involving computer software, hardware, e-commerce, and other technologies. The transactions have included license, distribution, development, OEM, VAR, and joint venture agreements. For more than 15 years, I have been involved in Internet-related transactions including co-branding, joint site development, web hosting and site development, and content licensing.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    33 years
  2. Trademark Application: 25%
    33 years
  3. Copyright: 15%
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    33 years

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA, 02109


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198205/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Intellectual Property LItigationBest Lawyers in America2015
WTR 1000-Top Trademark Lawyers in the WorldWorld Trademark Review2015
New England Super Lawyer--Intellectual PropertyNew England Super Lawyers2014
WTR 1000--Top 1000 Trademark Attorneys in the WorldWorld Trademark Review2014
Intellectual Property LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Massachusetts Super LawyerBoston Magazine2013
WTR 1000World Trademark Review2013
Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2013
WTR 1000World Trademark Review2012
Best Lawyers In America, Intellectual Property LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2012
The Legal 500 Trademark LawyersThe Legal 5002007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Intellectual Property GroupSullivan & Worcester LLP2014 - Present
PartnerEdwards Wildman Palmer LLP2012 - Present
PartnerFinnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP2002 - Present
Trademark and Copyright CounselDigital Equipment Corporation1993 - 1996
PartnerLaff, Whitesel, Conte & Saret1982 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Copyright Society of the U.S.A.Member2010 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Center for International Legal StudiesMember1996 - Present
Boston Patent Law AssociationMember1994 - Present
International Technology Law AssociationFormer Board of Directors Member2007 - 2008
International Trademark AssociationCommittee Member1984 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ComponentOne LLC v. ComponentArt, Inc.Summary Judgment for Defendant on All Counts
SplitFish AG, et al. v. Bannco Corp.Preliminary Injunction Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
World Trademark ReviewExtraterritorial Reach of the Lanham Act: A Viable Option2013
World Trademark ReviewOne Size Doesn't Fit All2012
Intellectual Property MagazineCheaters Never Prosper...Or Do They?2011
Intellectual Property MagazineNew Cases Highlight Difficulty in Obtaining IP Protection for Furniture Design2011
Furniture WorldCourts Clarify Copyright and Trademark Rights in Furniture Cases2010
Furniture WorldWhat You Need to Know About Intellectual Property2010
Editor & Publisher'Hot News" and News Organizations: Rights and Responsibilites2010
Wall Street Journal, Amir EfratiQuoted in: "Business Plans That Rest on Imitation"2010
Furniture WorldWhat You Need to Know About Design Patents in the Furniture Industry2010
Furniture WorldCopyright Protection in the Furniture Industry2010
IPLaw360It Ain't Easy Being Green2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1992
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Emory UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Boston Bar AssociationPink, Pins, and Gleeks: Thoughts on International Trademark Practice and Avoiding Brand Disasters2014
What is IP Anyway?What is a Trademark?2013
Intellectual Property ConferenceCopyright Protection for News Photography2013
Global Intellectual Property Stratagies After the CrisisImplications of the U.S. Copyright Registration System for Foreign Copyright Owners2011
Annual Meeting of the American Chemical SocietyDevelopment in Trademark Law in the Pharrmaceutical, Chemical, and Biotech Industries2010
Lexis/Nexis Third Annual Trademark Program, Shanghai, ChinaProtection of Famous Inernational Trademarks in the United States2009
Trademarks: The Importance of Comprehensive Protection in a Challenging EconomyTrademark Management/Protection of Environmentally Conscious Trademarks2008
Protection of Intellectual Property RightsDevelopments in the Law Protecting Famous Trademarks in the United States2008
International Technology Law Association European MeetingUsing Software Licenses to Avoid Intellectual Property Disputes2007