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Rory P. Pheiffer

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Rory P. Pheiffer is a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department and a member of both the Emerging Companies and Life Sciences practice groups. His practice covers a broad spectrum of intellectual property issues, including domestic and international patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent opinion and clearance matters, domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement, and technology licensing matters.

Clients rely on the expertise Rory continues to develop while protecting client’s inventions in the following technical areas, among others:

  • Medical instruments and devices;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Microfluidic applications;
  • Thermovoltaics;
  • Electronics and lighting;
  • Printing devices;
  • 3-D printing;
  • Image scanning and detection devices;
  • Digital cameras; and
  • Software and mobile applications.

In view of the mechanical engineering training that Rory obtained earning his degree at MIT, Rory often describes his technical versatility as extending to “anything that moves and isn’t alive.”

Rory’s notable experience includes:

  • Building large portfolios of utility and design patents for clients related to the following medical device technologies:
    • Surgical staplers and clip appliers;
    • Trocars, retractors, and seal elements;
    • Tissue cutting and sealing devices;
    • Sutures, suture anchors, and related surgical methods;
    • Ligament repair devices and procedures;
    • Electrochemical meters and cells;
    • Gastric bands and bypass procedures;
    • Spinal implants, including anchors, rods, cages, cross-connectors, and instrument to insert the same;
    • Bone plates and adhesives;
    • Anastomotic and occlusion devices;
    • Hydrocephalus valves;
    • Nucleic acid analysis devices and methods; and
    • Photodynamic therapy.
  • Filing many new applications for a client directed to various 3-D printing devices and methods;
  • Using expedited patent prosecution strategies for clients to obtain patents in under one year;
  • Drafting a patent application for a bike storage solution for contestants of American Inventor that was patented and successfully licensed to a Fortune 500 company;
  • Successfully negotiating a license for a child safety lock to a leading child safety company;
  • Conducting IP due diligence analyses of the patent portfolios of small medical device companies for a Fortune 100 company prior to investments by the Fortune 100 company;
  • Drafting substantive motions, claim charts, expert reports, and formulating deposition strategies for a patent litigation related to software;
  • Performing trademark searches and preparing opinions related to the same to provide clearance for product names prior to clients’ product releases;
  • Working with over a dozen food-and-beverage clients to build their trademark portfolios and brand to achieve successful product launches; and
  • Working with companies in the automotive industry and the instrument measurement and calibration industries to successfully protect their well-established brands by strategically filing US and foreign trademark applications.

Never content to stand on the sideline while others are doing, Rory is a leader both in the firm and in the community. Examples of his leadership include:

  • President-Elect of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), overseeing twenty five committees in the BPLA to ensure furtherance of the BPLA’s goal to provide educational programs and a forum for the interchange of ideas specific to the IP legal community;  
  • Former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly BPLA newsletter, for which in 2016 he led a complete redesign to make it more accessible and readable to readers across all platforms (computers, tablets, and mobile devices);
  • Member of the 2014 Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), which is a leadership program with a public interest focus that has gained prominence in the Boston legal community since it was introduced by Chief Judge Mark Wolf in 2002;
  • Member of the Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) Corporation, following his continued involvement in raising money for GBLS’s family law unit, including being a two-time recipient of an award for his “Outstanding Contributions to Legal Services for the Poor;”
  • Lead author of a white paper dissecting the advantages and disadvantages of the various U.S. post-patent proceedings that was presented at the AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute;
  • Founding and continuing member of the editorial board that produced Nutter’s IP Bulletin from September 2009 through June 2015 and for the IP Law Bulletin blog, which debuted in July 2015, both of which provide practical advice about IP issues;
  • Visionary and lead author of Nutter’s “How To” series on branding that published in Nutter’s IP Bulletin and IP Law Bulletin blog;
  • Frequent guest lecturer at Suffolk University Law School for a patent litigation course; and
  • Mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), where he advises emerging companies on IP issues.