Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto Recognized for the Tenth Time as a Burton Award Recipient

April 11, 2016

Linda L. Ficano
Director of Business Development and Marketing


Firm Recognized For The Tenth Time –
NEW YORK, April 11, 2016 – Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, is pleased to announce that Justin Oliver, a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, and Michael Scerbo, an associate in its New York office, were named recipients of the 2016 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. Mr. Oliver and Mr. Scerbo received this award for their article entitled, “Is PTAB death squad’ just a myth?.” This year’s award marks the tenth time that Fitzpatrick has been recognized.

Justin Oliver is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. He devotes his practice to intellectual property law.  He has been recognized in IAM 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Litigators (2014 and 2015) and Legal 500 (2014 and 2015).  Mr. Oliver also chairs Fitzpatrick’s PTO Contested Proceedings Practice Group, which oversees the firm’s work in post-grant review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He has secured victories in those inter partes proceedings for leading multi-national corporations and lectures around the country on best practices.  Mr. Oliver’s practice also involves patent prosecution, opinions, patent litigation and mergers and acquisitions.  Some of the technology areas in which Mr. Oliver has worked include medical devices, software, electronics, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor technologies, optics, image processing and reproduction devices, mobile communications and payment processing, engine designs, navigation systems and financial services.

Michael Scerbo, an associate in Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto’s New York office, practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on complex patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the USPTO.  His practice primarily involves clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Mr. Scerbo received his J.D. in 2014 from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he was named a Franklin Pierce IP Scholar, and he received a B.S. in 2010 from Fordham University. As an undergraduate, Mr. Scerbo researched neurodevelopmental disorders using genetic mouse models in the laboratory of James H. Millonig, Ph. D. at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards was established to honor the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.

About Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, ( founded in 1971, is a leading national intellectual property law firm of nearly 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, post-grant patent challenges (e.g., IPRs), alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.