Boston, May 2, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Goodwin Procter L…

Boston, May 2, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms with more than 750 attorneys, today announced the addition of Mark Abate as a partner to the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice in New York.

Abate, who has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation’s foremost IP lawyers, concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases. He has tried cases to their successful conclusions in U.S. district courts and has handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and matters before the International Trade Commission. Abate joined the firm from Morgan & Finnegan.

Goodwin Procter recently announced the expansion of its national IP practice with the addition of seven partners in its Washington, D.C. office. With 147 IP attorneys in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., Goodwin Procter represents some of the world’s leading companies in the areas of intellectual property law, including patent and trademark litigation and IP portfolio development and licensing. Over 60 Goodwin Procter attorneys are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

The firm’s patent litigators have extensive experience applying the substantive law of intellectual property and excel at communicating complex technological concepts to judges and juries in a comprehensible and compelling manner. The firm’s patent litigation work involves some of the most intricate, cutting-edge technology in the marketplace, with a primary focus on disputes involving electrical engineering, chemistry and biotechnology.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability. Additional information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.

Partner Biographical Information:
Mark Abate is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its IP Litigation Practice. Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation’s foremost IP lawyers, he concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases. He has particular expertise in electronics, computers and computer software, financial systems, and medical devices. He has tried cases to their successful conclusions in U.S. district courts and has handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and matters before the International Trade Commission.
In the case of TM Patents v. IBM, Abate successfully argued in what was then a case of first impression that a district court ruling on claim construction was entitled to collateral estoppel. He also authored the amicus brief of IBM, Ford and Kodak that was followed and cited by the Federal Circuit in the landmark en banc case of Festo v. Shoketsu. In two other appeals before the Federal Circuit, Abate’s arguments created new law regarding patent infringement damages. In eBay v. Mercexchange, the Supreme Court echoed the arguments made by Abate in an amicus brief.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Abate was a partner at Morgan & Finnegan LLP. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Howard T. Markey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.S. from Rutgers University.

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