Rory P. Pheiffer is an associate in the 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.
Rory prosecutes patents and assists clients with opinion and clearance matters in a variety of technical areas including medical instruments and devices, biotechnology, microfluidic applications, thermovoltaics, electronics and lighting, printing devices, image scanning and detection devices, digital cameras, and various other devices in the electrical and mechanical arts. Medical technologies that Rory prosecutes include those associated with: tissue and ligament attachment; photodynamic therapy; blood sampling; electrochemical meters and cells; surgical staplers and clip appliers; tissue cutting and sealing devices; trocars and retractors; seal elements; gastric bands and bypass procedures; spinal implants; anastomotic and occlusion devices; hydrocephalus valves; and nucleic acid analysis.
One area Rory has been working more frequently in is utilizing various programs in the United States and abroad to expedite patent prosecution for his clients. He uses programs such as Prioritized Examination and the Patent Prosecution Highway to efficiently and effectively obtain patent rights for his clients. Rory is also well-versed in some of the newest proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—post-patent proceedings such as inter partes review and post-grant review that were ushered in by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. He combines his knowledge of post-patent proceedings with his patent litigation experience to effectively advise clients about the best way to protect and enforce their IP rights.
Rory also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting patent, copyright, trademark, and know how license agreements, as well as managing large trademark portfolios, due in part to his experience as a licensing and trademark attorney in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Licensing Office. He works with a number of clients in building their brand through trademarks and other intellectual property, and is the visionary behind the ongoing “How To” series on branding
that publishes in Nutter’s IP Bulletin and IP Law Bulletin blog. Rory is a founding and continuing member of the editorial board for the IP Bulletin, which published 34 issues from 2009-2015, and for the IP Law Bulletin blog, which debuted in July 2015. Both the IP Bulletin and IP Law Bulletin blog provide practical advice about IP issues.
He currently serves as the Treasurer of the BPLA Board of Governors, and has a leadership role in running the Invented Here! program, which is a collaboration between the BPLA and the Museum of Science that annually recognizes recent breakthrough technological innovations by inventors in New England.
In 2014, Rory was selected as a member of the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) after a highly selective and competitive application process. PILP 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.
Rory was elected to serve a five-year term as a member of the Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) Corporation in June 2014. He has been deeply involved in raising money for GBLS’s family law unit, and served as co-chair of the Annual Associates Fund Drive from 2010-2013, breaking records for the most money raised by the Drive in 2011 and 2013. In addition, he received an annual award from the GBLS Board for his “Outstanding Contributions to Legal Services for the Poor.”
During law school, Rory was the first-ever recipient of Suffolk's Sokoloff Intellectual Property Award. For the past two years, he has served as a guest lecturer at Suffolk University for a patent litigation course. Rory is also a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), where he advises emerging companies on IP issues.