Our Professionals
Thomas F. Meagher | Peter M. Emanuel | Frank Y. Liao | Eamon J. Wall | Scott Bovino
Michael D. Loughnane | Briana C. Bergen | Chris Pattillo | Joseph J. Laks | Inès Zamouri

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, 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.

Pro Bono: With our Head of Pro Bono, we have secured asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for unaccompanied migrant children fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution from Central American and African countries working through Kids in Need of Defense, and are working to free a woman wrongfully convicted of murder. We were each named as a KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020).

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

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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Frank Y. Liao

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

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

Scott Bovino has over 25 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 also is a Legal Consultant on Assignment to Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese supplier of world-class organic light emitting diode (OLED) and solid-state lithium battery 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.

Scott was Vice President and General Counsel for 1WorldSync, Inc. from May 2013 through March 2020. He was responsible for all aspects of legal compliance for both the company's U.S. entity and German sister company.

Prior to first joining Meagher Emanuel in 2012, Scott was Vice President and General Counsel for more than nine years at Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED). In addition to having overall responsibility for all legal matters at Universal Display, he negotiated and finalized license agreements with numerous major companies.

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

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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Michael D. Loughnane

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

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience practicing intellectual property law. He has significant experience leading complex patent and trade secret litigation in the district and federal courts, and counsels clients on issues of patent validity and infringement. He also has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and provides guidance to clients introducing new products to the market. Michael has represented clients in matters involving a wide range of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, medical device, mechanical and environmental. His clients have included AkzoNobel, Intervet, Schering-Plough, BASF, and Teva.

Before joining the firm, Michael previously spent 30 years with Kenyon & Kenyon where he rose to the position of Managing Partner.

Michael received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Florida, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union.

Michael is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, numerous federal courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, and New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Representative Matters:

AkzoNobel in patent litigation filed by Akzo against Dow Chemical and involving Akzo’s patented process for the creation of aqueous polymer dispersions. AkzoNobel v. Dow Chemicals (D. Del.).

AkzoNobel in patent litigation brought by A.L.M. Holding relating to asphalt compositions. A.L.M. Holding v. AkzoNobel (D. Del.).

Schering-Plough in patent litigations related to a DNA-subunit vaccine against a porcine virus. These settled on favorable terms. Wyeth v. Intervet (D. Del.).

Teva in patent litigations against Pfizer regarding Gabapentin, Teva’s AB-rated generic equivalent to Pfizer’s Neurontin®. The settlement agreement ending this case was reached just two weeks into a jury trial that had been scheduled to last seven weeks.

Warner-Lambert Company, et al. v. Purepac Pharmaceutical et al., (D. NJ).

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Briana C. Bergen

609-454-3500 x404 phone
bbergen [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Briana focuses her practice on patent portfolio strategy and management, patent application prosecution, intellectual property due diligence, patent licensing, and biopharmaceutical patent and regulatory exclusivity projections.

Briana has over 25 years of intellectual property experience. Prior to joining Meagher Emanuel, she was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals responsible for all patent, trademark and copyright matters, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Patents at Bristol Myers Squibb, Senior Counsel for Roche, and an associate with Kenyon & Kenyon.

She has extensive experience handling life sciences, biotech and pharmaceutical intellectual property matters including counseling, patent application prosecution with an emphasis on business relevant IP, managing global pharmaceutical and biologic patent litigation and administrative actions (Inter Partes Reviews, reexaminations, reissues and European oppositions), as well as IP due diligence, licensing, collaborations, and acquisitions. Briana also advises senior corporate management on complex biopharmaceutical IP matters relating to litigation, product exclusivity projections, IP trends, and regulatory issues intersecting with IP issues.

Briana has expertise in life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals including biologics, therapeutic antibodies, recombinant proteins, nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), peptides, expression vectors, enzymes, methods of treatment, pharmaceutical compositions and formulations, methods of manufacturing biologics, biosimilars, biomarkers and diagnostics, biotech delivery systems, small molecules, compound screening, and agricultural biotechnology.

Briana has a B.S. in Biology and Natural Science from Muhlenberg College with honors including Phi Beta Kappa, an M.S. in Genetics/Molecular Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Chris Pattillo

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 review proceedings, including more than 40 IPRs, and with multiple patent litigations. 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 expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science, including pharmaceutical compositions and formulations, small molecules, compound screening, organic and inorganic chemistry, electrochemical cells, nonwovens, cosmetic chemistry, and absorbent articles.

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. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Joseph J. Laks
Of Counsel
Partner 2011-2014

609-454-3500 x401 phone

Joe's 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 registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Inès Zamouri
Head of Pro Bono

609-454-3500 x313 phone
izamouri [AT] meagheremanuel.com

Inès Zamouri launched the firm’s pro bono practice in January 2019. As Head of Pro Bono, she oversees the firm’s pro bono projects and creates meaningful partnerships with leading non-profit and community organizations (Kids in Need of Defense, Make the Road, Princeton University, Centurion Ministries, Human Rights First, etc.). Under her direction, the firm has gained extensive pro bono experience in areas such as immigration, criminal justice, and patent law.

Inès also maintains her own pro bono docket. She has secured asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for unaccompanied migrant children fleeing from violence, abuse, and persecution in Central American and African countries. She is a recipient of the KIND Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award (2020) and a sitting member of the KIND Newark Advisory Committee.

An advocate for wrongfully convicted inmates, she has also filed clemency petitions with the New Jersey Governor’s Office and applications with the New Jersey Conviction Review Unit of the State Attorney General’s office.

Inès brings to her pro bono work at Meagher Emanuel a significant background in human rights law and experience spanning across three countries (France, the United Kingdom, and the United States). She graduated valedictorian from the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris) in 2015. She also earned a master’s degree in law (Magister Juris) from the University of Oxford in 2017. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) at Columbia Law School.

Inès is fluent in English and French, and conversational in Spanish.

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