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Rory P. Pheiffer

Deputy Chair, Intellectual Property Department / Boston

Overview

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

In 2018, the Boston Business Journal selected Rory as a “2018 40 Under 40 Honoree” in recognition of his career accomplishments, focus on success, and commitment to the community. Additionally, Rory was named a leading IP lawyer in World Trademark Review’s prestigious “WTR 1000.” According to the guide, Rory “keeps you abreast of the latest legal developments, provides thorough and easy-to-comprehend explanations of complex filing procedures, and executes trademark applications that are appropriately suitable for your situation. On top of all that, he knows how best to collaborate with foreign counsel to tackle international issues.”

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
  • Electric vehicles
  • Printing devices
  • 3-D printing
  • Image scanning and detection devices
  • Digital cameras
  • Software and mobile applications
  • Consumer products
  • Food

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
    • 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, formulating deposition strategies, and conducting 30(b)(6) depositions 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
  • Working with companies in the automotive industry and the instrument measurement and calibration industries to successfully protect their well-established brands by strategically filing U.S. and foreign trademark applications

Rory is a leader both in the firm and in the community. Examples of his leadership include:

  • Past President of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), one of the oldest, continuously active IP-based law associations in the country with approximately 1,000 members. During his eight-year tenure on the board, including a year as president, Rory instituted many improvements for the membership and IP community, and helped lead successful efforts in the educational programming and advocating important positions as they relate to IP court cases, laws, rules, and regulations.
  • 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
  • Guest lecturer at Suffolk University Law School for patent litigation course
  • Mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), where he advises emerging companies on IP issues

Experience

Experience

  • Shawmut Corporation

    Nutter represented Shawmut Corporation, a developer of high-performance composites, in its joint venture with the automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC, a global provider of innovative technical fabric solutions.

News & Insights

News

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Blog Posts

Honors

Honors

  • Boston Business Journal, “2018 40 under 40”
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2018
  • WTR1000 Individual Recipient – “Prosecution and Strategy”
  • “Outstanding Contributions to Legal Services for the Poor” Award from GBLS, 2011, 2013

Education & Admissions

Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D., with distinction

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

In the Community

Rory is serving his eighth consecutive year on the Boston Patent Law Association’s Board of Governors, having most recently completed a year of service as the association’s president. He also frequently advises start-up companies through MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services, and is a guest lecturer at Suffolk University Law School for patent litigation.

Noteworthy

Boston Business Journal, “40 under 40”

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2018

WTR1000 Individual Recipient – “Prosecution and Strategy”

BPLA President, 2017-2018

BPLA Board of Governors, 2011-Present

“Outstanding Contributions to Legal Services for the Poor” Award from GBLS, 2011, 2013

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