Few litigators have the experience or reputation that Nick Cannella has gained over the course of his forty-one year career. Nick tried his first jury case in 1978, following a clerkship with the Honorable Sol Wachtler, a judge on New York State's highest court. He is known as “a fearless advocate who has the confidence and experience to try any case, and win” (Chambers USA, 2010) and “is widely recognized for his proficiency in patent trials” (Chambers Global, 2010). Nick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He has been lead trial counsel in a variety of intellectual property cases in the federal district courts and the International Trade Commission and also has argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Fifth Circuit. Nick is also proud to have started his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Sol Wachtler on New York State’s highest appellate court.
Nick is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and served as Co-Chair of the FCBA's International Series/Global Series Committee from 2013-2016. Nick also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and of the Alumni Association of St. John's Law School (Past President, 2013-14).
During his time at the firm, Nick served as its Recruiting Partner, Managing Partner, a member of the Management Committee, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of that Committee.
In re Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof
Between 2013-2015, Nick helped long-time Fitzpatrick client Canon obtain two of only five general exclusion orders issued by the International Trade Commission during that three-year period. The general exclusion orders encompass seven patents protecting Canon’s valuable toner cartridge technology, and prohibit the importation of all infringing products irrespective of source. In related district court litigations, Canon obtained 40 permanent injunctions against more than 60 defendants.