Thomas F. Meagher | Peter M. Emanuel | Frank Liao
| Scott Bovino | Eamon J. Wall | Joseph A. Coppola
Joseph J. Laks | Chris Pattillo | Craig Drachtman
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
He has assisted General Electric Company, 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.
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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
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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Dr. Coppola has almost 25 years of experience helping clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry obtain patents related to small molecule drugs, antibodies and other proteins, diagnostics, and personalized medicine. Many of the patents prosecuted by Dr. Coppola cover licensed or marketed products and have been listed in the FDA’s “Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations” (the Orange Book). He also draws on his extensive scientific and legal experience, first as a researcher in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and then as an attorney at several prominent law firms serving the life sciences industry, to advise start-up health care companies and universities seeking to develop strong patent portfolios suitable for licensing.
Prior to joining Meagher Emanuel, Dr. Coppola spent 15 years at Andrews Kurth Kenyon and its predecessor firm, Kenyon & Kenyon. He was responsible for a large patent prosecution docket in areas such as therapeutic proteins, small molecule organic pharmaceutical compounds, antibodies, antisense oligonucleotides, vaccines, methods of treating various medical conditions, molecular diagnostics, antibiotics, and coated stents. He also wrote freedom-to-operate opinions, participated in due diligence analyses, and provided client counseling for start-up companies and large research universities. While at Kenyon & Kenyon, Dr. Coppola was involved in many interferences and was back-up counsel in an interference that was successfully appealed to the Federal Circuit.
Before Kenyon & Kenyon, Dr. Coppola spent over five years as a senior attorney in the biotechnology patent group at Merck & Co., Inc. where he obtained patents and provided validity and infringement opinions in 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 Merck’s senior management relating to patent issues arising in various licensing matters. Dr. Coppola helped defend several Merck patents or patent applications that became involved in interferences or European oppositions.
Following graduation with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dr. Coppola was an associate for four years at the intellectual property law firm Pennie & Edmonds where he prosecuted patent applications in the field of biotechnology for a variety of clients.
Dr. Coppola’s clients have included major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies such as Merck, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Teva, Human Genome Sciences, Eisai, and Akzo Nobel, as well as prestigious universities such as Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. He also represented numerous smaller biotechnology companies, including UCB Pharma, Housey Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, Cellectis, Imclone, Caladrius, Kadmon, and Photocure.
Dr. Coppola holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and conducted post-doctoral 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.
Dr. Coppola 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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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
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 focuses his practice on patent prosecution as well as patent assertion and licensing
activities. He also has extensive 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 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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