Pierce Atwood LLP Strengthens Intellectual Property and Patent Practices

Pierce Atwood IP attorneys

To address our clients’ growing and complex intellectual property and patent services needs, Pierce Atwood is pleased to welcome four experienced attorneys to the firm’s IP practice:

Robert Abrahamsen, partner. Bob focuses his practice on procuring patent rights for clients, counseling clients on best practices for maximizing the value of such rights, and litigating patents in various tribunals. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting both domestic and foreign patent applications, primarily concerning innovations in the electronic, software, and mechanical arts. Bob has also litigated or otherwise favorably resolved many patent disputes in the courts and has successfully handled a significant number of post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Bob has advised clients in a variety of industries including image sensors, medical devices, integrated circuits, electronic payment systems and networks, pre-paid and stored value card processing, point-of-sale systems, X-ray imaging, e-commerce, internet conferencing, remote control systems, wire and cable design, juvenile products, and fitness monitoring equipment. Bob's practice is based in both the Boston and Portland offices.

Ilan Barzilay, partner. Ilan is an intellectual property practitioner specializing in obtaining and enforcing patent rights. Ilan procures patent rights for clients ranging from technology startups and research institutions to established companies and multinational corporations. His practice also includes representing clients in contentious matters in federal court litigation and before the USPTO. Ilan has a background in all aspects of intellectual property with experience in areas such as portfolio management, opinions, licensing, trademarks, and copyrights. While Ilan specializes in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, his legal experience covers a wide variety of technologies including speech processing, electronic devices, telecom systems, microelectromechanical structures (MEMS), database management, financial services software, medical devices, flexible sprinklers, consumer products, equestrian hoof-pads, and scented candles. Ilan is resident in the firm's Boston office.

Christopher Baxter, associate. Chris focuses his practice on advising clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues. He has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications, both domestic and foreign, regarding technologies ranging from computerized speech processing and other computer-related technologies, to the chemical and mechanical arts. Chris also has experience in trademark and copyright prosecution, intellectual property enforcement, and technology licensing, as well as intellectual property counseling and due diligence. Chris is resident in the firm's Portsmouth office.

Cyrus Miller, associate. Cyrus focuses his practice on advising clients in patent law and practice, with a focus on patent prosecution before the USPTO. He has expertise in a wide range of technologies in the fields of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering. He has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications including applications related to smartphones, tablets, speech-controlled devices, touch-screen devices, telecommunication systems, network systems and devices, computer hardware, software, semiconductors, photodiodes, power systems, discrete logic, memory systems, marine propulsion, mechanical apparatus, and quantum cryptography. Cyrus is resident in the firm's Portsmouth office.

Managing partner David E. Barry states, “As a firm known for providing clients with exceptional legal talent and superior service and value, we are pleased to strengthen our already robust IP and Patent practices, and to expand the breadth and depth of the services we provide to our growing client roster of startups, emerging businesses, and well-established regional, national, and international businesses.”

Barzilay, Miller, and Baxter join Pierce Atwood from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Abrahamsen from Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.