Press Release

Leading IP Litigator Patricia Martone Joins Morrison & Foerster in New York as Partner

First-chair trial lawyer boosts firm’s East Coast IP practice

25 Oct 2010

NEW YORK (October 25, 2010) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that Patricia A. Martone has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Ms. Martone is among the country’s most successful patent trial attorneys and has been lead counsel in more than 40 patent infringement cases. Her trial experience includes playing a leading role in winning victories for Polaroid in the historic Polaroid v. Kodak trials. She has tried 12 cases to verdict or judgment, winning 10 and settling two on favorable terms after post-trial proceedings. The span of her trial experience encompasses patent and trademark infringement as well as commercial litigation. Ms. Martone’s has litigated complex patent infringement cases across a broad range of technologies, and she has particular expertise in the electronics, semiconductor and telecom sectors.  Her practice also includes patent licensing advice, adversarial licensing negotiations, and resolution of technology related contract disputes.



“Our firm has built a global reputation handling the most complex IP litigation, both in the U.S. and internationally, across a wide range of business sectors,” said Grant Esposito, Litigation Department Chair.  “Pat Martone is hands-down one of the most accomplished IP trial lawyers in the country, and has represented leading companies in many critical areas of business and technology that complement our client base. Pat’s arrival is a great addition to our East Coast, national and international IP practice.”



Morrison & Foerster Chair, Keith Wetmore said, “I am excited to welcome Pat to Morrison and to our New York office. Pat is one of the country's preeminent IP trial lawyers.  We are delighted that we continue to attract lawyers of this caliber to the firm and our New York office.”


Ms. Martone said, “Morrison & Foerster’s international stature in IP and its dominance in Japan were compelling factors in my decision to join the firm. The firm’s prowess across so many technology sectors and deep understanding of the Japanese market will be a great boost for my clients.  I am excited to join Morrison & Foerster, a firm with such accomplished litigators and a dynamic global IP platform.”


Martone joins Morrison & Foerster from Ropes & Gray in New York, where she was co-head of the firm's International Practice Group. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law where she was managing editor of the Review of Law & Social Change and received the Founder’s Day Award. She has been an adjunct professor there since 1990. Martone graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from N.Y.U. and an M.A. in Physical Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, among others.




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