Firm Profile

Edward E. VassalloEdward E. VassalloOf Counsel, New York

Professional Experience

Edward E. Vassallo is involved in all aspects of patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation, including trials and appeals, in the chemical, mechanical and computer fields, and in oppositions, licensing and opinion work, for clients including S.C. Johnson & Son, Electrolux, Phillips-Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Inc., Johnson Outdoors, Dreyfus, Revlon, Exxon and IBM. Mr. Vassallo also has had extensive experience in advising clients regarding the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He is past President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Awards and Recognition

Mr. Vassallo is listed in the International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, was named by Euromoney Legal Media Group as one of the world's leading trademark law practitioners in 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2009 editions and was selected as a leading intellectual property law practitioner in every edition since 2003 of the Best Lawyers in America. He was also listed in Legal 500 2008-2015 for Trademarks: litigation and 2012 for Patent litigation: full coverage and Trademarks: non-contentious (full coverage). He was also listed as a Top New York City Intellectual Property Litigator in the 2006-2014 issues of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition. Mr. Vassallo was recognized in the PLC Which Lawyer 2011 edition a top IP non-patent litigation attorney.

What Others Say:


  • “is thorough, knowledgeable and precise…always gives advice and executes projects we give him in a manner that yields positive results” (Best Lawyers 2014)

  • “is a skilled and thoughtful litigator…his cordial demeanor adds to his role as counselor” (Best Lawyers 2014)

  • “…Ed Vassallo’s oral advocacy skill [is] outstanding” (Best Law Firms 2013-2014)
     

  • “absolutely outstanding – he is thoughtful, considered, courteous and impressively prepared” (Legal 500 2012/2013)

  • “a fantastic and tenacious lawyer” (Legal 500 2009)

  • clients single him out as ‘an outstanding individual’ [and] use him ‘just like one would use a rabbi’ (Legal 500 2008)

For information on the selection processes, see:

International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers
Legal Media Group's Expert Guides
Best Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Legal 500

Education

J.D., cum laude, Fordham University, 1973
M.A., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 1967
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 1965

Bar Admissions

State of New York, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Second and Third Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

American Bar Association; Past President, New York Intellectual Property Law Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Federal Circuit Bar Association

Additional Publications

"Effective Deposition Technique," IP Litigator, 1999.

"Trademark Law and Practice," The American Legal Yearbook, 1996.

EVENTS

A Global Problem: Protecting Trademarks Online
Managing Intellectual Property
December 2, 2009
Fordham Law School's Seventeenth Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Policy
Fordham University Law School
April 15, 2009
Litigation Planning for Licensing Lawyers
Practicing Law Institute
March 28, 2008
Litigation Planning for Licensing Lawyers
Practicing Law Institute
March 30, 2007
What You Need to Know About E-Discovery
2007 NYIPLA CLE Program
February 16, 2007
Ethics & Tactics in Mediation & Settlement Negotiations
City Bar Center for CLE
October 19, 2005
Creating Rights in Product Packaging
NIAF Institute of International Law: International Legal Conference
May 10-11, 2005
Intellectual Properties & Ownership Rights
United Nations World Conference on Biotechnology
January 17, 2005
Intellectual Property Issues Concerning Investments in Technology Companies - The Due Diligence Process
2003 AIPLA Spring Meeting
May 14-16, 2003
INTA's 125th Annual Meeting
May 3-7, 2003
Ethics and Tactics in Mediation & Settlement Negotiation
Association of the Bar of the City of New York CLE Program
March 6, 2003

PUBLICATIONS

A Cautionary Tale – Recent Trends Show That False Advertising Cases Are Proliferating With the Stakes Higher Than Ever
Fitzpatrick Client Alert
July 23, 2012
New top level .xxx domain for adult material
Fitzpatrick Case Update
May 26, 2011
A Century of Supreme Court Trademark Law
The Trademark Reporter
Celebrating 100 Years 1911-2011
February 2011
Private lives and publicity rights
World Trademark Review
October/November 2009
False patent marking: a trap for the unwary patentee
Intellectual Asset Management
January/February 2009
Litigation planning for licensors
Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2008
Litigation Planning For Licensing Lawyers
Advanced Licensing Agreements
March 30, 2007
An International Look At Ambush Marketing
The Trademark Reporter
November-December, 2005
Supreme Court Tightens Trademark Law
Managing Intellectual Property
May 2003

IN THE NEWS

Nineteen Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top Intellectual Property Litigators
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition & Super Lawyers: Washington, D.C. Edition
September 2014
Ten Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Best IP Lawyers in America 2015
Best Lawyers in America 2015
August 2014
Eighteen Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top Intellectual Property Litigators
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition & Super Lawyers: Washington, D.C. Edition
September 2013
Two Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Lawyer of the Year and Nine Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Best IP Lawyers in America 2014
Best Lawyers in America 2014
August 2013
Fitzpatrick Recognized as a Tier 1 New York Best Law Firm: Patent Litigation
Leaders League
December 2012
Eleven Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
September 2012
Eight Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Best IP Lawyers in America 2013
Best Lawyers in America 2013
August 2012
Fitzpatrick listed as a leading Intellectual Property firm
PLC Which Lawyer
April 2012
Eight Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Best IP Lawyers in America 2012
Best Lawyers in America 2012
November 2011
Eight Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators in the 2011 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
September 2011
Fitzpatrick Ranked Leading Firm in PLC Which Lawyer 2011
PLC Which Lawyer 2011
March 2011
Nine Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators in the 2010 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
October 2010
Six Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized as Best IP Lawyers in America 2011
Best Lawyers in America 2011
October 2010
Three Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized by Legal Media Group Expert Guides
Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
December 2009
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America 2010
Best Lawyers in America 2010
October 2009
Nine Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators in the 2009 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
October 2009
Ten Fitzpatrick Lawyers Recognized by Legal Media Group Expert Guides
Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners
March 2009
Eight Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators in the 2008 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition 2008
October 2008
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America 2009
Best Lawyers in America 2009
October 2008
Three Fitzpatrick Lawyers Named World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
2008
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America 2008
Best Lawyers in America 2008
October 2007
Eight Fitzpatrick Partners Named As Top New York Intellectual Property Litigators in the 2007 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition
Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition 2007
September 2007
Fitzpatrick Attorneys Featured in New York Magazine Profile
New York Magazine
July 2-9, 2007
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America 2007
Best Lawyers in America 2007
October 2006
Two Fitzpatrick Lawyers Named World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
2006 Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
July 2006
The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers Chooses Two Fitzpatrick Attorneys
The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2006
February 2006
Eight Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America 2006, The Most Listed for IP in New York
Best Lawyers in America 2006
September 2005
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Included on List of Best IP Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America
2005-2006
Seven Fitzpatrick Lawyers Listed as Best IP Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America
2003-2004
Five Fitzpatrick Partners Ranked as World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners
2002 Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners
2002
Four Partners Nominated to the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
2001