Fitzpatrick to be Recognized as a Burton Award Recipient for the Sixth Time

April 22, 2010

For Immediate Release

Roger Ardan / Valerie Capullo


– Firm to be Recognized For The Sixth Time –

NEW YORK, April 22, 2010 – Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, one of the world’s premier intellectual property law firms, is pleased to announce that Donald J. Curry, Partner in the New York office, was named a recipient of the 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. Mr. Curry will receive this award for his article entitled “Will The Supreme Court Push Back Again On The Patent Pendulum?” This year’s award marks the sixth time that Fitzpatrick will be recognized, with the Firm’s attorneys having received the Burton Award in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, which is held in association with the Library of Congress, is devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession by selecting the finest law firm and law school authors. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has focused primarily on the refinement and enrichment of legal writing. As in past years, 30 law firm award winners were selected out of entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.

“We are delighted to extend our congratulations to Donald for this esteemed award,” said Fitzpatrick Managing Partner Colleen Tracy. “The fact that the firm is consistently recognized by such reputable sources as the Burton Foundation and Library of Congress honors our constant commitment to providing a high level of legal services to our clients.”

The Eleventh Anniversary Burton Awards event will be held at the Library of Congress on June 14, 2010. The prominent guest speakers this year include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Author Bryan Garner; and senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin. Political commentator Bill Press will be the Master of Ceremonies. Additional information about the award and event can be found at

Donald J. Curry joined Fitzpatrick in 1986. He has extensive experience in patent, trade secret and copyright litigation in the computer, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, including extensive experience in patent damages issues, as well as general counseling on intellectual property matters. Mr. Curry has been lead counsel for IBM in several litigations, and has also litigated on behalf of Bristol Myers-Squibb, American Maize Products Co., Essilor and other companies. Mr. Curry also acts as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the firm. He obtained his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1980, a M.Eng. from Cornell University in 1974 and his B.S. from Cornell University in 1973.

About Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, founded in 1971, is a leading national intellectual property law firm of over 160 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.