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DLA Piper LLP (US)
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Patent Litigation; Intellectual Property and Technology; Life Sciences


In his almost 30-year career as a patent litigator, Tony Pezzano has tried cases involving technology innovation − particularly consumer, recreational and pharmaceutical products; chemical and petroleum products and processes; wireless telecommunication devices and equipment; computer software, hardware and systems; and printing engines and systems. He has appeared in numerous trials in the federal district courts, including both jury and bench trials, and International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 Hearings.

He has also prosecuted patent and trademark applications and rendered opinions and counseling for US and foreign corporate clients involving intellectual property matters.

One of Tony’s major areas of focus has been the representation of brand pharmaceuticals in suits against generic drug companies under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has served as lead counsel for major pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Schering and Hoffmann-La Roche. Many major companies around the world have called on Tony for representation in large-scale patent litigations in both the federal district courts and the ITC.


J.D., Hofstra University School of Law; B.S., Engineering, Columbia University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s patent litigation team is ‘an amazing group of exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyers.‘ The ‘great, dedicated and responsive‘ team has experience across the gamut of patent litigation, including matters in the district courts and the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. Following the merger with Liner LLP on the West Coast in autumn 2017, the practice further bolstered its life sciences offering on the East Coast with the arrival of Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano in New York, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Technology-related instructions remain a core focus for the group, with a major recent highlight including practice head Mark Fowler successfully defending Toshiba against Intellectual Ventures, averting infringement claims for ten patents covering semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics. Clients also include Samsung Electronics, Nike and BASF. Other names to note are ‘outstanding strategist‘ John Guaragna in Austin, the ‘awesome‘ Steven Park in Atlanta, San Diego quartet Sean CunninghamErin GibsonRichard Mulloy and Stan PanikowskiStuart Pollack in New York, Carrie Williamson in Silicon Valley, Boston’s Larissa Bifano and Michael Strapp, and Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in Chicago. Clayton Thompson and Jake Zolotorev joined in Silicon Valley from Feinberg Day LLP and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined the Los Angeles office from Venable LLP. Additionally, Eric Hagen arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLPPatrick Park, also in Los Angeles, was promoted to of counsel, while former of counsel Vincent Crowley joined TiVo and John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics. Lawrence McClure and Gerald Sekimura retired. Todd Paterson also left the firm.

The ‘strong team‘ at Hogan Lovells US LLP ‘works extremely hard and is very dedicated’; it combines wide-ranging sector expertise with the firm’s international footprint, making it especially well suited for cross-border disputes. The ‘extremely responsive, detail-oriented and knowledgeable‘ Arlene Chow in New York, who has ‘excellent writing and advocacy skills‘, secured a double victory for Amgen over Apotex in a dispute regarding two blockbuster chemotherapy drugs, succeeding both before the PTAB and in district court. Practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson in Washington DC represented Mercedes-Benz in a long-running dispute against Beacon Navigation, involving district court litigation and an ex parte reexamination. BASF, T-Mobile, Asahi Glass and Santen Pharmaceutical are also among the team’s clients. Eric Lobenfeld and newly promoted counsel Ernest Yakob in New York are also recommended. Tony Pezzano and Michael Dougherty joined DLA Piper LLP (US), while Jay Yates joined Patterson + Sheridan LLP.