Firm to be Recognized As a Burton Award Recipient For the Fifth Time

2009 Burton Awards
April 14, 2009

Fitzpatrick Receives 2009 Burton Legal Achievement Award for Writing

For Immediate Release

Roger Ardan / Andrea Lazarow

-Firm to be Recognized For the Fifth Time –

NEW YORK, April 14, 2009 – Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, one of the world’s premier intellectual property law firms, is pleased to announce that partner, John Carlin, and associate, Christopher Loh, were named recipients of the 2009 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their article, “Patent exhaustion revitalized?” Supreme Court’s ‘Quanta’ ruling continues recent trend of narrowing rights of patentees,” originally published in the August 18, 2008 issue of The National Law Journal. This year’s award marks the fifth time Fitzpatrick Cella has received this prestigious honor, an accomplishment for which the firm will be recognized as well as the second time in three years that Chistopher Loh has won. Fitzpatrick, Cella attorneys also received the Burton Award in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Each year, The Burton Foundation, in association with The Library of Congress and its Law Library, honors lawyers based on their writing ability, and in particular, those, “who use plain, modern language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese.” This year, 30 law firm award winners were selected out of entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.

“We are proud that our firm is consistently recognized by the Burton Foundation and Library of Congress. It’s a pleasure to congratulate John and especially Christopher, for his second award,” said Fitzpatrick Cella Managing Partner Colleen Tracy. “Winning this award for the fifth time is a testament to Fitzpatrick Cella’s dedication to quality work and pursuit of legal excellence.”

2009 marks the tenth anniversary of the Burton Award. To celebrate, an event themed Awards Anniversary: “A Perfect Ten,” will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on June 15, 2009. Guest speakers and honored guests at this year’s program will include Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, author Bryan Garner, television screenwriter, David E. Kelly and New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye (retired). Bill Press will be the Master of Ceremonies. Additional information about the award and event can be found at

John D. Carlin is active in all aspects of the Firm’s patent practice, focusing primarily on litigation, licensing and technology transfers, IP due diligence investigations and client counseling. He has litigated cases, handled deals and counseled clients on matters involving a broad range of technologies including computer software and hardware, semiconductor devices, telephony and signal processing, switching systems, network architecture and security, flat panel displays, medical devices, organ care and transport, polymer chemistry, and various pharmaceutical chemistries, formulations and manufacturing processes. He obtained his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1992, and a B.S.E.E., Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu from University of Michigan in 1989.

Christopher E. Loh practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on biotechnology and Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent litigation. Mr. Loh has litigated patent cases involving such diverse technologies as anticonvulsants, antisense probes, cholesterol-lowering statins, calcium-channel blockers and vascular stents. Mr. Loh also has significant experience in drafting licensing agreements, preparing non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions and advising clients on complex intellectual property transactions. Mr. Loh has written articles on patent law for the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, Managing IP, Bloomberg IP and Lexology. He obtained a J.D. from Columbia University in 1998, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a B.S. Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Economics (double major) Yale University in 1995.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, ( founded in 1971, is a leading national intellectual property law firm of over 150 lawyers with offices in New York, Costa Mesa, California and Washington, D.C. The Firm’s practice covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including applying for patent and trademark protection, litigation, appeals, interferences, alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.