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Nutter Partner Rory P. Pheiffer Concludes Term as President of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA)

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Rory P. Pheiffer, a partner and the deputy chair of Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, concluded his term as president of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) on December 5. He will serve an eighth and final year on the board.

Under Rory’s leadership, the BPLA accomplished several key initiatives under his banner of “collaboration,” including:

  • Meeting with Director Iancu and initiating a dialog about appointing a regional director from the USPTO in Boston
  • Hosting programs with the Federal Circuit Bar Association; the International Trade Commission (ITC) Trial Lawyers Association; World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Licensing Executives Society (LES); Boston College; Northeastern University; Suffolk University; the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); the European Patent Office (EPO); a delegation from China; a delegation from Japan; the Boston Bar Association; the Boston IP Inn of Court; and the Arthur J. Gajarsa Inn of Court
  • Submitting comments to the USPTO in response to Federal Register Notices related to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board claim construction standard and on subject matter eligibility
  • Submitting comments on the District of Massachusetts proposed local patent rules and working hand-in-hand with Judge O’Toole and other members of the judiciary to enact a new local patent rule
  • Helping cause Governor Baker to veto Massachusetts legislation aimed at “patent trolls” that was worded in a manner that would likely have a negative impact on legitimate, innovative start-up companies, and are now at the table with Senator Lesser to see if there is an alternative, beneficial option
  • Announcing the BPLA’s support for the Joint IPO-AIPLA Proposal Concerning Section 101 of the Patent Act, and are now working collaboratively with the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), AIPLA, New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), and other counterpart bar associations to strategically put this issue on Congress’s radar
  • Filing amicus briefs in high-profile Supreme Court and Federal Court cases in which the courts ultimately adopted the position advocated for by the BPLA

Previously, Rory served as vice president of the BPLA and as editor-in-chief of the quarterly BPLA newsletter. He has also served as the BPLA’s treasurer, secretary, and two years as a board member. Rory co-chaired the New Lawyers and Law Students committee for one year and the Invented Here! committee for seven years.

Founded in 1924, the BPLA is a nonprofit association that includes more than 1,000 IP professionals across New England. The BPLA is dedicated to provide educational programs and a forum for the interchange of ideas and information concerning patent, trademark, and copyright laws.

Rory’s 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. In 2018, the Boston Business Journal selected him as a “40 Under 40 Honoree.” Rory was also named a leading IP lawyer in World Trademark Review’s 2018 “WTR 1000.”


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