The Intellectual Property Department at Gibbons P.C. wishes its readers a Happy and Safe Veterans Day!
And, we express our eternal gratitude for all Veterans, and especially those presently serving in harm’s way without whom we would not be enjoying our freedoms.
The Intellectual Property Department at Gibbons P.C. wishes its readers a Happy and Safe Veterans Day!
As reported in Law360 yesterday, George W. Johnston, most recently Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., has joined Gibbons P.C. as Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department, reinforcing the firm's focus on offering clients strategically-minded intellectual property attorneys with deep, hands-on industry experience. He also serves on the Board of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law, a leading educational forum endowed by Gibbons to address the legal, political, and social issues that arise as scientific and technological changes challenge existing laws and legal institutions.
"George's ability to strategically address client's intellectual property matters, through the prism of his 30-plus years of pharmaceutical industry experience, is a skill set unmatched by most law firms," David E. De Lorenzi, the chair of Gibbons' IP department, said in a statement. "Recruiting key former in-house IP attorneys like George, who offer our clients a keen in-house perspective and an immersion in the issues and developments so critical to their businesses, has helped us immensely in assembling a high-level, diverse pool of talent and the most comprehensive slate of intellectual property services."
At Roche, Mr. Johnston developed and implemented a variety of strategies to strengthen the company's intellectual property throughout the life cycles of its products. For several important products, he enabled Roche to maintain lawful exclusivity for 20 years and beyond, and he won or settled the majority of the company's patent litigations, ensuring marketing exclusivity and corresponding sales and licensing royalties worth over a billion dollars. He negotiated and prepared the company's first successful co-promotion alliance agreement, leading to half a billion dollars in revenue.
Mr. Johnston was also extensively involved in legislative activities benefiting the entire pharmaceutical industry. Most notably, he helped negotiate and lobby Congress to pass both the Hatch-Waxman Act (and led Roche's successful efforts to obtain one of the first resulting patent extensions) and Process Patent Amendments Act. In addition, his creative approach for petitioning the FDA led to Roche becoming one of the first companies to obtain pediatric exclusivity rights.
The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology presents the Eleventh Annual Fall Lecture Series, "Justice at Stake? Patent and Other Complex Litigation: The Adverse Effects of Sequestration, Budget Cuts and Federal Judicial Vacancies."
This program will feature a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, with:
- The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware The
- Honorable Garrett E. Brown (Ret.), Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- John O'Brien, Chief Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
This event will be held at The Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club in Newark, NJ, on Tuesday, October 8, at 5:30 pm. CLE credits for New York and New Jersey will be offered. The cost to attend this event is $50 and includes CLE credits, reception, and parking. To register, call (973) 642-8187 or click here.
Gibbons Institute Presents, "Federal Circuit Year in Review," Event Featuring Honorable Faith Hochberg
The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association present, "Federal Circuit Year in Review," an event featuring the Honorable Faith Hochberg, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
This program will discuss key IP issues decided by the Federal Circuit over the past 18-months and the practical implications of these issues moving forward. Along with Judge Hochberg, panelists include:
- Ralph A. Dengler, Director, Intellectual Property Department, Gibbons P.C.
- Erik Lillquist, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
- David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall Law School
This event will be held at Seton Hall Law School on Tuesday, September 10, at 5:00 pm. CLE credits for New York and New Jersey will be offered. The cost to attend this event is $30 and includes CLE credits, reception, and parking. To register, call (973) 642-8506 or click here.
The Intellectual Property Department at Gibbons P.C. wishes its readers a happy and safe Independence Day!
We also express our gratitude for all those who have served and those presently serving in harm’s way without whom we would not be enjoying our freedoms.
The 2013 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features the largest number of Gibbons practice areas (10) and individual attorneys (26) ever ranked in the top tiers of this publication. The firm has appeared in the New Jersey section of the Chambers guide since its inception.
Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.
“Gibbons has consistently, year over year, improved in its Chambers rankings, and we are proud to be recognized as one of New Jersey’s preeminent firms by this leading industry publication,” notes Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.
The Chambers excerpt and client testimonials included below highlight the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, which ranked in the guide’s top two tiers for New Jersey.
Two attorneys in the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department , David E. De Lorenzi, Department Chair, and Vincent E. McGeary, a Director in the Department, were listed as leaders in their fields by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2013. Overall, 80 lawyers in the firm were featured in New Jersey Super Lawyers and New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
“I’m proud that our representation keeps increasing in the most well known and highly regarded peer-review and client interview - based publications covering the legal industry,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C. “It is a testament to our attorneys’ unique talents, insight, and client service.”
The Super Lawyers selection process comprises hundreds of thousands of statewide or regional surveys supplemented by a comprehensive examination of each nominee’s background and experience, focusing on such criteria as verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; honors and awards; educational background; and any other outstanding achievements. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.
Gibbons takes this opportunity to express our eternal gratitude for the men and women of our Armed Forces of the United States who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom, and to all those who serve.
We also wish all of our readers a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
Robert E. Rudnick, a Director in the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department and the President of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, is pleased to announce that the 2013 NJIPLA Jefferson Medal Dinner will take place on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Hilton Short Hills, NJ.
For 63 years the NJIPLA Jefferson Medal has been presented to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the field of intellectual property. In the past, the Jefferson Medal has been presented to judges, leaders of the Intellectual Property Bar and Patent & Trademark Office officials. The 2013 medalist is Philip S. Johnson, the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Johnson & Johnson. This year's dinner will honor Mr. Johnson's accomplishments in the realm of intellectual property.
This black tie event, which will be attended by New Jersey and New York in-house counsel and private practice attorneys, is sure to present promising marketing and networking opportunities. For more information or to register, please click here.
NJBIZ, the premier weekly newspaper covering the business community in New Jersey, published its inaugural intellectual property supplement fall 2012. Gibbons P.C. was a go-to firm for expert commentary in the issue, with Intellectual Property Department Director Ralph A. Dengler highlighted in two articles.
Intellectual property is a natural focus for NJBIZ, given New Jersey’s prominence in the pharmaceutical, technology, telecommunications, and other key industries. The economic recovery, slow though it has been, has spurred businesses to once again invest in research and development, invent new products, file for more patents, and license their products. In addition, competition from new overseas markets is impacting the state’s businesses.
NJBIZ sought out Mr. Dengler for background information because of his extensive experience litigating patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. Mr. Dengler has litigated across diverse technologies and arts involving business methods, chemical compounds, computers, electronics, food containers and packaging, magazines, marine dredging, and pharmaceuticals. He writes regularly on the areas of IP law and licensing related matters.
Gibbons Director Rob Rudnick Elected President of the NJIPLA; "Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update" Event Rescheduled for 1/24/13
Gibbons P.C. is pleased to announce that Robert E. Rudnick, a Director in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, has been elected President of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA). Mr. Rudnick has been an NJIPLA board member for the past four years.
The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) is an organization consisting of more than 300 practicing intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, law students, and interested individuals, primarily from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Mr. Rudnick, along with Thomas J. Bean, a Director in the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, will serve as panelists for the NJIPLA's next event on Thursday, January 24, entitled, "Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update." This program will focus on non-practicing entities, recent PTO regulations issued under the AIA, and various IP case law updates. For additional details or to register, please click here.
IP Department Chair David De Lorenzi Recognized for Firm's IP Growth and Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
David De Lorenzi brings enthusiasm and creativity to any undertaking, be it building and directing the highly regarded Intellectual Property Department at Gibbons P.C., creating and overseeing the firm's Apprenticeship Program, or helping develop and lead the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law.
It is his dedication to Seton Hall Law, in fact, that led to his current feature in Health Law and Intellectual Property Law Highlights, the quarterly publication of the Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. Highlighting how Mr. De Lorenzi has helped nurture his firm's uniquely close relationship with the law school, the article discusses how his work with the Gibbons IP Department feeds his ideas for the Gibbons Institute, and how his ongoing involvement with the institute in turn benefits the firm's clients.
Mr. De Lorenzi has been one of the driving forces behind the Gibbons Institute, which the firm endowed with $1 million to launch in 2007. The Institute trains students and professionals in intellectual property law to better meet the needs of industries facing cutting-edge technological and associated legal challenges, and it engages the local bar with continuing education programs and networking opportunities. The magazine article notes Mr. De Lorenzi's ongoing involvement on the Gibbons Institute Advisory Board and the Institute's contribution to raising the profile of Seton Hall Law in the intellectual property law arena.
The profile of Mr. De Lorenzi appears on the Seton Hall Law web site and can be viewed here.
Please join us Tuesday, October 16, as the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology welcomes the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to present Views from the Bench at the Newark Club. The lecture will begin at 6:00 pm followed by a Networking Reception at 7:30 pm. CLE credits for NJ and NY are offered. For additional information and to register, click here.
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) ranks Gibbons among the top IP law firms and practitioners worldwide in its guide – IAM Patent Litigation 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Litigators. David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, and Sheila F. McShane, a Director in the Department, were two of only five intellectual property lawyers featured as leading individuals in this practice.
The publication stated the following about Gibbons:
As pressure on fees mounts and patent owners seek the highest quality at the most competitive rates, mid-market-focused Gibbons is emerging as an attractive alternative to New York’s white shoe stalwarts. The American Invents Act is likely to precipitate a further increase in the firm’s instructions, as companies turn to it for sure-handed guidance through the new opposition process. An “excellent regional player”, it can handle all aspects of patents; recent work includes licensing biosimilars and other cutting-edge innovations to big Pharma at the edge of the patent cliff. Well-regarded David De Lorenzi is heavily involved in this area. The breadth of his workload reflects that of the firm and he divides his time equally between transactional and contentious engagements. Often seen in Hatch-Waxman cases and at the International Trade Commission (ITC), litigation-focused Sheila McShane is another widely admired professional.
Intellectual Asset Management magazine is a publication that reports on intellectual property as a business asset. The magazine’s primary focus how IP can be best managed and exploited in order to increase company profits, drive shareholder value, and obtain increased leverage in the capital markets. Its core readership primarily comprises senior executives in IP-owning companies, corporate counsel, private practice lawyers and attorneys, licensing and technology transfer managers, and investors and analysts. IAM magazine is part of The IP Media Group.
The Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, and two of its attorneys, were among the 10 Gibbons practice areas and 20 individual attorneys ranked in the 2012 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.
The Chambers editorial and client testimonials included below highlight the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department and its attorneys:
Intellectual Property: Gibbons continues to cement its position as one of the go-to full-service firms in New Jersey. Representing a broad range of Fortune 500 and midmarket businesses, and with offices also in New York, Philadelphia and Delaware, the firm is well positioned to provide integrated and streamlined business advice. The firm’s 35-strong IP team is particularly active in the areas of patent, trademark and trade secrets disputes. The team has seen an increase in contentious matters in the past year, and also handled a substantial amount of work pertaining to patent due diligence. Sources say: “We are very satisfied with the services they provide and we’ve been very successful with them.”
David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department, was listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers as a leader in his field. Overall, 69 Gibbons attorneys were listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers and New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
The Super Lawyers selection process comprises hundreds of thousands of statewide or regional surveys supplemented by a comprehensive examination of each nominee’s background and experience, focusing on such criteria as verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; honors and awards; educational background; and other outstanding achievements. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Those receiving the highest point totals in the nomination process are included in the statewide top 100 attorney and top 50 women attorney lists.
The recently announced Kodak bankruptcy has focused much needed attention on the intersection of bankruptcy law with IP rights.
Gibbons P.C., with robust bankruptcy and IP practices, will be participating in a live webinar on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm to address the impact of the Bankruptcy Code on IP licenses. The webinar will feature an update on case law developments and practical tips for dealing with IP licenses in a bankruptcy. Participants will be invited to a live Q & A session with the speakers at the end of the panel discussion. CLE credit will be available.
For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.
The Gibbons Apprenticeship Program has been featured in the first edition of Seton Hall Law At Work. This new series takes a look at innovative working arrangements between employers and graduates of the Seton Hall University School of Law.
This article focuses on the Gibbons Apprenticeship Program, a client-focused attorney recruitment and development platform that exposes recent law school graduates to the day-to-day responsibilities of law firm junior associates and trains them in a “real world” law firm environment.
Highlighted in this article is John J. Cahill, the firm’s first Intellectual Property apprentice, who has since been hired as an Associate at Gibbons. This fall, Gibbons hired its second Intellectual Property apprentice, Jillian A. Centanni.
Click here to view the complete article.
Jillian A. Centanni has joined Gibbons as an Apprentice in the firm's Intellectual Property Department. Ms. Centanni is the second participant in the firm's Apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help maximize the value of its legal and client services, while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. John J. Cahill, Jr., the firm's first Apprentice, was recently promoted to an Associate position in the Intellectual Property Department after a one-year apprenticeship.
Ms. Centanni has a diverse background in engineering and business, having earned both a BSE in chemical engineering and an MBA with concentrations in management science and financial markets. She had previously been a process engineering intern for Lockwood Greene Consultants & Engineers (CH2M Hill). She also recently worked as a senior valuation analyst for a boutique IP valuation firm, where she valued portfolios of patents using Excel modeling. Ms. Centanni's business experience includes a financial analyst position with Scouler & Company in Chicago, where she analyzed the performance of companies with assets exceeding $50 million and identified corporate restructuring opportunities.
Ms. Centanni recently completed a legal externship with the Honorable Robert Kugler of the U.S. District Court in Camden. She had previously been a legal intern for the Honorable Karen Suter, Presiding Civil Court Judge for the Burlington Vicinage. She received her JD from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in New Jersey.
The 2011 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features 10 Gibbons practice areas and 18 individual attorneys ranked in the top tiers. The firm’s Intellectual Property Department and two of its attorneys in this area were ranked among the leaders in the state.
Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research. Chambers and client testimonials, excerpted from this year’s guide, include the following on the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department:
“This team owes its reputation to the exceptional depth of experienced practitioners it harbors, including former in-house counsel and a swelling number of attorneys from larger, New York IP teams. ‘The firm has invested heavily in building its IP practice and is well placed to handle work of any complexity. They are very good value for money and incredibly responsive.’”
Gibbons Launches Apprenticeship Program - First Apprentice Assigned to Firm's Intellectual Property Department
Gibbons P.C. has launched an apprenticeship program to help maximize the value of its legal and client services while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. John Cahill will serve as the firm’s first apprentice, working in the Intellectual Property Department.
“Gibbons is committed to anticipating client concerns and offering creative, proactive solutions,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm. “Given current economic realities, our attorney hiring and training practices should directly address their impact on the fees we bill our clients—though staffing client matters efficiently with the highest quality legal talent remains the most important strategy in controlling costs and increasing value.”
“Clients have clearly sharpened their focus in recent years on how law firms staff their matters, seeking lean, efficient staffing without ‘paying to train’ first-year associates,” says David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, who will oversee the firm’s first apprentice. “Our apprenticeship program is the latest constructive strategy in our firm’s response to clients’ needs, adding service and value in an ever-changing legal marketplace.”