Anthony M. ZupcicPartner, New York
Anthony M. Zupcic, a partner in the firm since 1980, is Chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution Practice Group.
For more than 40 years, Mr. Zupcic has been involved in all aspects of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on interference practice and more recently inter partes review under the AIA, patent prosecution and client counseling. Some of the technologies he has worked in include medical devices, computer hardware, flat panel displays, semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing, electrophotography, autofocus, optical waveguides, lasers, ink jet and other types of printers, facsimile machines and jet engines. Since the 1984 interference rules, Mr. Zupcic has been lead attorney in well over sixty interferences for such clients as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Canon Inc., Gilead Sciences Inc., Amgen, Astellas Pharma Inc., IBM, INA-Schaeffler KG, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Loctite, and Microm International. While most of these cases have been in the electrical and mechanical arts, several of the more recent cases have involved biotechnology. He has also been back-up lead attorney in interferences on behalf of Hewlett-Packard Company, Medtronic, Neuronz, Ltd., and United Technologies.
While in law school, Mr. Zupcic worked as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining patent applications in the area of hydraulic fluid systems.
Awards and Recognition
Anthony M. Zupcic is recognized as an IP Star in the 2013-2015 editions of Managing Intellectual Property and in IAM Patent 1000 2012-2015 as a leading attorney. He was recognized as a leading attorney in the 2014 and editions of Leaders League for New York: Patent Prosecution. He was listed in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers and selected by Patent Buddy as one of the Top Patent Prosecutors nationally in the Computer, Electrical, Software and Business Methods areas for 2011. He was also in Legal 500 2008-2015 for Patent prosecution: utility and design patents, Legal 500 2008 for Patent litigation: full coverage and Legal 500 2007 for IP-Non-Contentious/Transactional – patent prosecution. He was recognized as a Top New York City Intellectual Property Litigator in the 2015 issue of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition.
What Others Say:
- “main strengths are an intimate knowledge of the rules of interference proceedings and immense practical experience-he has a knack for predicting outcomes” (IAM 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012)
- “high quality work” (Legal 500 2008)
- “beginning his career as a USPTO patent examiner stands him in good stead when it comes to preparing and prosecuting applications” (Legal 500 2007)
J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1974
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1970, Tau Beta Pi (national engineering honor society)
State of New York, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Member of the 2013 Fellows Nomination Committee; Appointed Member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the AIPLA, Member of the AIPLA Special Task Force on Rulemaking under the America Invents Act; Member of the 2011 AIPLA Committee on Nominations; Past Member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, Past Chairman of the IP Law Associations Committee of the AIPLA, Member and Past Chairman of the Professional Programs Committee, the Patent-Relations with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Committee and Interference Committee (now the USPTO Inter Partes Patent Proceeds Committee) of the AIPLA; Past Chairman of the Committee on Harmonization of Patent Laws of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Circuit Bar Association; American Bar Association and Member of IPL and Litigation Sections.
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