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Thomas F. Meagher | Peter M. Emanuel | Dan Goldberg | Frank Liao | Scott Bovino | Eamon J. Wall | Joseph A. Coppola
Joseph J. Laks | Chris Pattillo | Craig Drachtman

Thomas F. Meagher
Managing Partner

609-454-3500 x301 phone
tmeagher [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Tom Meagher focuses his practice on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, patent licensing, and patent prosecution management, and has substantial experience working with universities and with electronic, computer, telecommunications, medical device, and healthcare technology companies.

He has assisted General Electric Company, Novo Nordisk, Princeton University, and Technicolor, among others, in patent licensing. Tom has managed extensive patent prosecution work for research institutions, including Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, and Sarnoff Laboratories. He has handled patent litigation for Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Intel, Hitachi, Home Shopping Network, Boston Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Conner Peripherals, Nan Ya Plastics of Taiwan, and Wang Laboratories, among many others.

Tom’s career spans more than 35 years, including serving in the patent departments of RCA Corporation and ITT Corporation, and nearly two decades with Kenyon & Kenyon and five years with Duane Morris LLP.

He is a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, and has lectured and written on patent issues facing universities.

Tom has a B.S., Electrical Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Tom is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, numerous federal district courts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. …continued

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Peter M. Emanuel
Partner

609-454-3500 x400 phone
pemanuel [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Peter Emanuel focuses his practice on patent infringement analysis, licensing, and U.S. and foreign prosecution.

His career spans more than 40 years in the patent departments of RCA Corporation and General Electric Company, where he held successive management positions, retiring as Senior Vice President and Patent Counsel of GE Trading and Licensing. Since retiring from GE he has been engaged in the private practice of law, specializing in patent infringement analysis and licensing. Peter’s patent infringement analysis and licensing activities cover a wide variety of technologies including consumer electronics, broadcasting, video and image compression, hybrid electric vehicles, and cellular communications that have earned more than $1 billion in patent royalties.

After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and prior to law school, he was for 7 years a design engineer for RCA where he worked on automatic test equipment and the rendezvous radar for the lunar excursion module.

Peter is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, and held several offices, including President of the International Intellectual Property Law Association. He has also lectured and written on patent issues for the American Intellectual Property Law Association and joint meetings of the Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Associations as well as to business groups.

Peter has a B.S., Electrical Engineering, from the City College of New York, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law. Peter is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Indiana. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. …continued

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Daniel S. Goldberg
Partner

609-454-3500 x303 phone
dgoldberg [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Dan Goldberg focuses his practice on patent infringement analysis, patent prosecution, licensing, and trademarks.

His career spans more than 25 years. After earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and prior to law school, he was an electrical engineer for almost a decade at two technology companies, Dialogic and Singer-Kearfott, where he worked on video, voice, and data systems, as well as guidance and navigation systems.

Dan’s patent experience at law firms included substantial work on wireless systems, video compression and distribution systems, medical devices, microscope image processing systems, electrical components, and GPS tracking systems. He was also Director of Intellectual Property Operations at Sarnoff Corporation where he focused on IP acquisition and divestiture, technology and patent licensing, product clearance, and commercial and government contracts. Dan also managed a large Sarnoff patent portfolio covering digital television encoding/decoding, real time video processing, electrostatic discharge protection, automotive vision technologies, and digital watermarking, as well as a large Sarnoff trademark portfolio.

Dan is a member of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association and has lectured and written on patent issues including co-authoring “Intellectual Property Agreements: Are You Managing Your Rights?” in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan has a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.S., magna cum laude, Electrical Engineering, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a member of Phi Omega Epsilon and Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society).

Dan is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Frank Y. Liao
Partner

609-454-3500 x306 phone
fliao [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Frank Liao focuses his practice on patent licensing, infringement analysis, patent portfolio management and monetization, and patent prosecution. Frank represents clients in diverse technology areas including cellular devices and communications, H.265 HEVC video compression, semi-conductors, automobiles, and various computing technologies. His clients include major corporations, academic and research institutions, and startups based in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Frank was previously Vice President - U.S. Patent Operations at Technicolor/Thomson Licensing. Frank has successfully conducted patent assertion and licensing activities globally. He was in charge of patent pools (e.g., MPEGLA, Premier BD, Japan Uldage, HDMI, etc.), digital TV, and PC/Laptop licensing programs that generated more than $2 billion of patent royalties.

In addition, Frank has extensive experience and proven success in worldwide patent prosecution. He has prosecuted patents with granted claims which have been licensed, asserted in litigation, or deemed essential to industry standards and patent pools. He has also defended patents in various appeal and invalidation proceedings in the United States, Europe, China and Japan.

Frank is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese. He has a B.S., Electrical Engineering, from Cornell University (with Distinction), an M.S. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School - Newark. Frank was a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and a co-inventor of U.S. Pat. 5,590,186 - System and Method for Redirecting a Telephone Call.

After graduating from Cornell, he worked as an engineer for GTE and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was an associate of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York.

Frank is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York, and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Scott Bovino
Partner

609-454-3500 x308 phone
sbovino [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Scott Bovino has over 20 years of experience leading legal and business teams to capitalize on technical innovations and business opportunities in a global environment. He specializes in strategizing, drafting, and negotiating licensing and other business arrangements to successfully monetize patents and other intellectual property.

Scott has been Vice President and General Counsel for 1WorldSync, Inc. since May 2013. He serves as a member of 1WorldSync’s nine-person Extended Executive Management Team, and is responsible for all aspects of legal compliance for both the company's U.S. entity and German sister company.

Scott is also a Legal Consultant on Assignment to Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese supplier of world-class organic light emitting diode (OLED) materials and technologies. He works closely with Idemitsu Kosan to draft and negotiate agreements with business partners and customers on a global basis, and to advise and consult with the company on various IP and business strategy matters.

Prior to first joining Meagher Emanuel in 2012, Scott was Vice President and General Counsel for more than 9 years at Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED). In addition to having overall responsibility for all legal matters at Universal Display, he negotiated and finalized major license agreements with Samsung, Motorola, LG Display, AU Optronics, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, Pioneer, Osram/Sylvania, PPG Industries and DuPont.

From 1994 to 2002, Scott was an associate with the firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, in Philadelphia, PA.

Scott also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

He has a J.D. with Honors from The University of Chicago Law School. He also has an M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.

Scott is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. … continued

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Eamon J. Wall
Partner

609-454-3500 x402 phone
ewall [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Eamon Wall focuses his practice on patent application preparation and prosecution, patent reexamination and licensing/litigation; patent-related opinions; patent portfolio construction/management; trademark procurement and enforcement; trademark opposition, cancellation and related actions; trade secret and other IP related business counseling.

Eamon has extensive technical experience in electrical, computer, mechanical, chemical processing and related arts, including communications, consumer electronics, network architecture and management, content management and delivery, optical and wireless networking, digital television/video processing and compression, electronic program guides and other user interaction technologies, test and measurement devices, signal processing and conditioning circuitry, analog and digital circuitry, semiconductor equipment and devices, power conversion and generation, computer software and hardware, semiconductor processing, chemical processes, business methods and various other technologies.

Prior to joining Meagher Emanuel, Eamon was a founding partner of Wall & Tong, was Managing Partner at Patterson & Sheridan, LLP, and Patent Counsel for General Electric Corporation’s RCA licensing operation.

He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Monmouth University.

Eamon is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York, and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. … continued

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Joseph A. Coppola
Partner

609-454-3500 x403 phone
jcoppola [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Joseph Coppola has almost 25 years of experience in the area of biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution, inter partes reviews, opinions, and licensing. He also advises start-up health care companies and universities seeking to develop their patent portfolios in areas such as drug discovery, diagnostics, and personalized medicine.

Prior to joining Meagher Emanuel, Joe spent 15 years at Andrews Kurth Kenyon and its predecessor firm Kenyon & Kenyon. He was responsible for a large patent prosecution docket in technology areas including proteins, small molecule organic pharmaceutical compounds, antibodies, antisense oligonucleotides, vaccines, methods of treatment of various medical conditions, peptide antibiotics, and coated stents. He also wrote freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligence analyses, and provided client counseling for a start-up company.

Prior to Kenyon & Kenyon, Joe spent over five years as a senior attorney in the biotechnology practice group at Merck & Co., Inc. where he obtained patents and provided validity and infringement opinions in various areas such as newly discovered genes, drug discovery assays, Alzheimer’s disease research, functional genomics, ion channels, hepatitis C virus, inflammation, combinatorial chemistry, proteomics, diabetes, monoclonal antibodies, the crystal structures of proteins, transgenic mice and vaccines. He also provided guidance to management relating to patent issues arising in various licensing matters. Joe helped defend several Merck patents or patent applications that became involved in interferences or European oppositions.

Prior to Merck, Joe was an associate for four years at the intellectual property law firm of Pennie & Edmonds where he prosecuted patent applications in the field of biotechnology for a variety of clients and was also active in the firm’s interference practice.

Prior to entering the field of law, Joe earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and conducted research in the area of oncogenes at Princeton University and Bristol-Myers Squibb. His work involved studying the relationship between oncogene expression and the differentiation and transformation of cells as well as structure/function studies of oncogene activation. He published the results of his research in journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Molecular Biology, Oncogene, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellow.

Joe received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

He is admitted to practice law in New York and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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Joseph J. Laks
Of Counsel
Partner 2011-2014

609-454-3500 x401 phone
jlaks [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Joe Laks focuses his practice on patent licensing, infringement analysis, and U.S. and foreign patent prosecution.

His career covers more than 35 years in the patent departments of RCA Corporation, General Electric Company, and Thomson Licensing. At Thomson Licensing, he served as Vice President U.S. Patent Operations, where he headed their patent department in Princeton, NJ, with over 25 patent attorneys and agents reporting to him. Joe was also Senior Advisor to Licensing for infringement analysis and patent negotiations.

Joe’s patent activities during the course of his career span the Asia-Pacific, European and North American regions, in licensing programs that generated revenues exceeding $1 billion dollars.

Joe has a B.S., Physics, from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

After earning an undergraduate degree in physics and prior to law school, he was an engineer for the U.S. Army Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, NJ, where he worked on lasers and electro-optics.

Joe is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Virginia. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Chris Pattillo
Associate

609-454-3500 x309 phone
cpattillo [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Chris Pattillo focuses his practice on patent prosecution as well as patent assertion and licensing activities. He also has experience with post-grant proceedings, including AIA inter partes review. He has externed for the Honorable Christopher J. Burke and the Honorable Sue L. Robinson at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Prior to entering law school, Chris worked for Energizer Holdings, Inc./Playtex Manufacturing, Inc. as a Manager in R&D and as a Process Engineer from 2002-2012. He also worked as an engineer for Procter & Gamble from 1999-2001.

Chris has a Masters and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his J.D. from Drexel University School of Law in May 2015. Chris is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Craig Drachtman
Associate

609-454-3500 x310 phone
cdrachtman [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Craig Drachtman focuses his practice on patent prosecution and patent licensing.

Craig was an Intellectual Property Extern at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and drafted patent applications and responses to Office Actions as a summer associate at law firms over two summers during law school. He has performed pro bono work for the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Craig has published two articles: Note, Taking on Patent Trolls: The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine’s Extension to Pre-lawsuit Demand Letters and its “Sham” Litigation Exception, 42 Rutgers L. Rec. 229 (2015); and Do “Let’s Play” Videos Constitute Fair Use?, Rutgers Intellectual Property Law Society Blog (2014).

Craig received both a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics, cum laude, in May 2012 from Brandeis University, and was awarded the Steinberg Prize in Physical Science with Interest in History. He earned his J.D. in May 2015 from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, receiving a Dean’s Merit Scholarship each year.

Craig is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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