Partners and Associates
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Padmaja Chinta — Partner
Padmaja Chinta is an experienced intellectual property attorney and trial lawyer. Paddy has counseled clients on all aspects of intellectual property with an emphasis on litigation. She has extensively litigated cases in federal courts from inception of suit through trial and appeal. Her cases span a broad spectrum of technologies with a particular focus on the Tech field and Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation. The products involved in her cases range from video games, IoT devices, data compressors, televisions, and car air bag controllers to pain medications, cancer drugs, and medical devices. She has obtained significant victories in claim constructions, summary judgment, pre-trial, and §101 motions to dismiss for her clients. She has successfully defended patents in IPR proceedings before the Patent Board. She has also represented clients in arbitration, trademark, copyright, contract, and antitrust litigation.
In addition, Paddy has counseled clients on pre-suit investigations, product launches, and business strategies for pipeline products. Paddy has negotiated license deals involving products with hundreds of millions in revenue. She has prepared infringement and validity opinions of counsel. She is also experienced in procurement of patents and trademarks from the U.S. Patent Office. Paddy’s clients have ranged from multinational corporations to small start-ups and select individuals.
Paddy started her career and practiced for several years at Fish & Neave (subsequently part of Ropes & Gray), one of the premier intellectual property firms in the country. She also gained valuable business perspective having been senior in-house counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic drug company in the world. This unique experience equips Paddy to provide practical and results-oriented solutions to her clients.
Prior to her legal career, she was a marketing executive for Bausch & Lomb and practiced as an optometrist. Paddy obtained her Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was President of the LL.M. Association.
Paddy was selected to Law360’s Voices of the Bar as one of 50 IP experts in the U.S. She is a New York Super Lawyer and recipient of 2017 International Advisory Experts Award for IP Lawyer of the Year in New York, Finance Monthly Global Award 2016 for Litigation and Corporate LiveWire Global 2016 Award for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation.
Paddy resides in New Jersey where she is an active volunteer in community activities.
Francelina Perdomo — Partner
Francelina “Fran” Perdomo is a passionate ally of the creative entrepreneur. Fully versed in domestic and international business models she can navigate the complex twists and turns of any commercial arena, be it in the U.S.A. or overseas. Fran is an expert in all aspects of Corporate, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, a savvy entrepreneur herself she understands the challenges of developing and growing a business, adding a unique perspective to any organization she is helping develop. A seasoned practitioner in the areas of corporate law, contract negotiation, and IP, she brings all her expertise to bear helping her clients in negotiations, the creation of strategic partnerships and the development of brands and sponsorship deals. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Universidad Iberoamericana (Unibe), where she received a Doctor en Derecho Degree (J.D. Equivalent). She also holds an LL.M from Cornell University Law School, and a Certificat in Droit Compare from Universite De Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne. Fran is fluent in Spanish, lending a decidedly multi-cultural approach to U.S. and international clients. Admissions: New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Dominican Republic. Professional Affiliations: Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association; International Trademark Association (INTA); Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Industrial (ASIPI); New York County Lawyers’ Associations; Women In Film and Television; and Women in Music. Ms. Perdomo leads a team of distinguished legal professionals dedicated to the success of creative entrepreneurs and established businesses in the U.S., and internationally.
Admissions: Eastern District of New York Southern District of New York New York, Dominican Republic Professional Affiliations Intellectual Property Section ABA International Trademark Assoc. Assoc. Interamericana de la Propiedad Industrial ASIPI New York County Lawyer’s Assoc. Women in Film and Television Women in Music.
Andrew Berks — Partner
Andrew “Andy” is a patent attorney licensed in New York, New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Federal Courts and the courts in New York and New Jersey. Andy works to help clients obtain and enforce patent rights. Understanding client needs and business objectives is a critical factor that sets us apart from other patent attorneys. In addition, Andy has vast experience counseling clients and evaluating legal issues in matters involving patent portfolio reviews, patent litigation, and patent administrative proceedings. Andy’s focus is in the life sciences and chemical arts, but he has successfully prosecuted and litigated matters in all patent subject areas. Andy’s diverse intellectual property practice including patent prosecution, patent litigation, drafting and negotiating licenses and research agreements, patent opinion work, and Hatch-Waxman practice (paragraph IV strategies and notice letters. Andrew has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Admissions: United States Patent and Trademark Office New York New Jersey Southern District of New York Eastern District of New York District of New Jersey Professional affiliations New York Intellectual Property Assoc. American Chemical Society
Peter Fratangelo — Partner
Peter Fratangelo is an experienced patent and IP litigation attorney whose practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling. Peter believes that one size does not fit all when it comes to IP strategy, and provides legal advice and services tailored to each client’s situation. Peter works with each client to create and implement a legal strategy specific to the needs of that client, designed to meet the business objectives of the client.
Peter has represented clients in diverse matters involving both cutting-edge and multi-billion dollar technologies across a diverse range of industries in his fifteen years of experience as an attorney, including biotechnology, industrial chemistry and manufacturing, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, aviation, and agricultural biotechnology. He has significant experience in Hatch-Waxman litigation and has represented pharmaceutical clients in a variety of areas including NSAID pain relievers, bio-pharmaceuticals used to treat anemia associated with kidney disease, and cancer treatment. Peter has both extensive litigation and IP transactional experience, including representing clients in contentious litigation, licensing negotiations, providing patent non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions of counsel, conducting due diligence of IP assets for mergers and acquisitions, and in creating both short and long term IP plans designed to both assert clients’ intellectual property rights and protect against assertions of other’s intellectual property. Peter has also represented clients in matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, breaches of contract, and commercial torts, and has litigated matters in both federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Section 337 Investigations.
Peter received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Peter is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts, the U.S. First and Federal Circuits, and several U.S. District Courts. Peter has a degree in Biology from Tufts University, and was a Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular Biology at Cornell University – Sloan Kettering Institute prior to attending law school. Peter served as a federal court law clerk for the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, Chief Judge of the District of Rhode Island, and has worked at leading law firms Ropes & Gray, Clifford Chance, and Kaye Scholer during his legal career.
James Demers — Of-Counsel
James Demers is a patent attorney with substantial experience representing a wide range of clients. Prior to entering the legal profession, Dr. Demers was continuously involved in laboratory research for about twenty-six years (1971 – 1997), beginning with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at M.I.T. His professional scientific career included graduate and post-doctoral work in academia, and over a decade as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Jim concentrates on patent drafting, patent prosecution, and patent opinion work. Jim works in all areas of technology and has successfully represented inventors in many complex and challenging cases. He has special expertise dealing with US, PCT, and EPO practices in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical arts, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and solid state devices. He is experienced in preparing opinions of counsel regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate. Dr. Demers has a B.S. in Chemistry from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Management of Technology from Polytechnic University. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Admissions: New York State, Southern District of New York, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Main: +1 212-710-5619 ext. 110
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Antoaneta Tarpanova — Associate
Antoaneta Tarpanova “Toni” is passionate about working with creative individuals who believe in scientific progress and its ability to improve peoples’ lives. Toni is a patent attorney with a background in Chemistry and experience in commercial litigation.
She holds degrees in continental and common law, which helps her successfully represent domestic and foreign clients. Toni received her Maîtrise de Droit des Affaire from Robert Schumann University in Strasbourg, France and has studied as an exchange student in London School of Economics and Political Sciences in London, UK. She also holds an L.L.M. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Toni is Fluent in French and Bulgarian and has a working knowledge of Russian and Macedonian.
Admissions: New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Professional Affiliations: New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (NYPLA), Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA), American Chemical Society (ACS).