ATTORNEYS

Joseph J. Zito

Mr. Zito is a registered patent attorney with over thirty years of Intellectual property experience.   Mr. Zito has participated as lead counsel in numerous bench trials and hearings, over a dozen jury trials and seven ITC Investigations.  His experience includes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation before Federal District Courts (Maryland; the District of Columbia; New York; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Indiana; Delaware; Wisconsin; Texas; California; North Carolina; Illinois; Michigan; Florida; Ohio; Nebraska;  Louisiana; and Alabama.)  He has over 40 reported decisions, including several precedential decisions from the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit.  His practice includes Federal District and Appellate Courts; The United States Supreme Court and The International Trade Commission.

His practice also includes corporate counseling, opinions, due diligence studies;  licensing; trademark and patent prosecution; representation in matters before The USPTO, PTAB, ITC and other governmental agencies.  His technical areas of experience include: pharmaceuticals, software, semiconductor structure, computers, telecommunications, VOIP, electronic circuit design, electro-mechanical, mechanical, Chemical and optical devices.

Education: Tulane Law - JD 1985

North Carolina State University - BS 1982 Economics/Physics

Bar Admissions:

Maryland State Bar - 1986

The District of Columbia Bar -1986

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

United States Supreme Court - 2009

Federal Bars: 

USDC - Maryland - District of Columbia - ND Florida - SD, ND, ED Texas - SD Indiana - Nebraska - Alabama - WD New York - WD Wisconsin 

US Court of Federal Claims

Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

Court of Appeals - 4th Cir.

Court of Appeals - 7th Cir.

Silvia Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as in-house counsel for Sanofi Multinational Group in Barcelona, Spain, and in private practice.  She has been extensively involved in pharmaceutical transactions and corporate law, in national and international negotiations and licensing agreements for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products.

She has practiced with the Cremades Law Office in Paris, France and with Faus & Moliner Lawyers (Barcelona, Spain).  Working as an attorney in Pharmaceutical, Commercial, Corporate Law and Contracts and specializing in international license agreements, Corporate Law and pharmaceutical licensing.

Ms. Sanchez heads the firm's Trademark practice, guiding the accusation and enforcement of Trademarks and Copyrights 

Ms. Sanchez also has eight years of US litigation experience in Intellectual Property Litigation assisting in all stages of litigation from prefiling investigation through appeals, including, preparation of discovery documents (interrogatory and document requests, deposition notices and subpoenas), document review, pleadings, legal research, drafting of contracts and settlements documents, depositions, document production, witness preparation and assisting attorneys in hearings and trials.

Education:

−1989-1994: Law Degree. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellatera. Barcelona (Spain).

− 1994-1995: Masters Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law and Contracts. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (IDEC). Barcelona (Spain).

Bar Admissions:

Licensed attorney in Spain.

Tennessee State Bar

Languages:

English, Spanish, Catalan, and French.

Paul Grandinetti

Mr. Grandinetti is a registered patent attorney with over thirty years of IP experience.  He specializes in complex patent and trademark litigation and is also involved in national and international patent and trademark prosecution. He has served as lead counsel regularly before Federal District Courts throughout the country.

Mr. Grandinetti has handled patent infringement cases involving medical devices, chemical compounds, pharmaceuticals, laboratory equipment, injection molding and polymer processing operations, food processing equipment, and electronic devices. He has participated in more than 30 anti-counterfeiting cases and 70 trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings.

Education

Capital University, J.D., 1983

Bar Admissions

US Patent and Trademark Office

Ohio State Bar

The District of Columbia Bar

Federal Bars:

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Mr. Grandinetti is also a licensed pharmacist in Ohio.


Luiz F. Oliveira

Mr. Oliveira is a member of the trial and litigation practice of the firm. Throughout his career, he has served domestic and international clients in litigation matters both in the United States and in Brazil. Mr. Oliveira has experience in contract law, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, and counseling.   Mr. Oliveria litigates a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property disputes, government contracting arbitrations, litigations and appeal, and general commercial matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Oliveira practiced law in Brazil, where he dealt with a wide range of matters, including intellectual property negotiation, credit recovery negotiation and litigation, general business litigation and tort cases.   

Mr. Oliveira clerked for Minas Gerais State Special Court and for the Federal Attorney Office (Brazil).

Education:

LL.M., Penn State University - The Dickinson School of Law – (Merit Scholar)

B.A. - LLB, Potifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (J.D. Equivalent)– (Brazil)

Bar Admissions

Licensed attorney in Brazil.

New York State Bar

Federal Bars: 

USDC - SD and ED New York

USDC - ND, ED Texas

USDC - ED, WD Wisconsin

US Court of Federal Claims

Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

Languages

English, Portugese and Spanish


Richard "JT" A. Castellano

Mr.  Castellano is a registered patent attorney experienced in intellectual  property litigation, patent drafting, preparation and prosecution, opinions, counseling, and licensing.  He has participated  in numerous litigations and trials in federal district courts and the  U.S. International Trade Commission, both in private practice and with  the ITC in the Office of  Unfair Imports Investigations.  Mr. Castellano is experienced in post-grant  proceedings with the USPTO  Patent Trial and  Appeal Board, including reissues, reexaminations, and post-grant and inter partes reviews, trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings. Mr.  Castellano is highly experienced in cost-effectively building valuable  U.S. patent portfolios for clients in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.  He has represented large multi-national corporations,  government agencies, universities, growing companies, and emerging  start-ups in all phases of utility and design patent application  portfolio development and management.   TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Medical devices, dental devices; Data storage and management systems; Satellite systems; Military technology; Aerospace technology; Navigation systems; Pharmaceutical; Polymers;  Nanotechnology, Nuclear technology; Inks and toners; Optics; Semiconductors; Cosmetics; Display technology; Automotive; Power systems; Mobile devices; Telecommunications; Software, and networks; Complex processors and Processing networks.

EDUCATION

  • LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law,  University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Certificate,  Chinese Intellectual Property Summer Institute, FPLC and Tsinghua  University School of Law, Beijing, PR of China
  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Editor, IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review
  • Student Trial Attorney Clerkship, N.H. Supreme Court
  • B.S. in Chemistry

Rebecca J. Colye

Mr. Colye is a member of the trial and litigation practice of the firm.  Ms. Colye has litigated matters in intellectual property, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, government contracts, employment law and general commercial matters.

Prior to law school, Ms. Colye spent a year in the New York State Assembly as a legislative liaison for a state assembly-man. Ms. Colye has participated in numerous anti-counterfeiting cases, trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and federal patent, litigations and trademark. Ms. Colye’s practice also includes all aspects of design patent prosecution.

Education

American University, J.D., 2005

State University of New York, B.A., 2001

Bar Admissions:

Washington, D.C. Bar

Virginia Bar

Federal Bars:

United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit