McCarter & English, LLP

Intellectual Property Department

New Jersey
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What the team is known for Accomplished team which excels in litigation and patent prosecution matters. Noteworthy for its strengths in inter partes review proceedings before the USPTO, and also offers expertise handling Hatch-Waxman litigation. Remains a popular choice of counsel for clients in the life science and technology sectors. Demonstrates additional capabilities handling copyright and trademark infringement matters.

Strengths One client remarked: "McCarter has a good working knowledge of our business. They co-ordinate with each other and put together good teams of attorneys."

Other sources say: "I feel they're very responsive, knowledgeable and dedicated."

Another commentator said: "They're very good at patent cases. They are a super firm."

Work highlights Defended Hayward Industries in the Eastern District Court of North Carolina, after it was sued for patent infringement by Pentair Water Pool & Spa. Six of the seven asserted patents were challenged by Hayward via ex parte reexamination and inter partes reexamination in the USPTO, leading to proceedings on all six patents in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Currently, five of the Pentair patents have had their asserted claims invalidated in PTAB decisions.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Short counsels clients on a spectrum of IP issues, including trademark, patent and trade dress infringement. He is commended by one client as being a "a lawyer of the highest caliber."

Michael Friscia adeptly manages and defends a number of substantial copyright and trademark portfolios for clients. He is also capable of handling patent litigation and receives praise as "an excellent attorney. He's very intelligent and is a rare guy doing great patent prosecution and at the same time fantastic trademark litigation work."

Scott Christie 's IP practice incorporates patent, copyright and trademark litigation. Clients report that "he is intelligent and has an excellent understanding of intellectual property law. He is thorough in his assessment of matters and provides valuable guidance."