WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2010) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP is delighted to announce that Raphael (Ray) V. Lupo has received the 2010 Sedona Conference® Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of intellectual property law. Mr. Lupo is being honored today at the Eleventh Annual Sedona Conference® on Patent Litigation, a select gathering that includes the nation’s leading IP lawyers as well as jurists.
“This is the tenth year we have awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to intellectual property law, recognizing individuals whose life and work reflect the highest and best of the profession in terms of selfless contributions to this extremely important area of the law,” said Richard Braman, Founder and Executive Director of The Sedona Conference®. “The recipients of the Award represent the best of the best in intellectual property law, and we very pleased to give the Award this year to Ray Lupo in recognition of his model career, his legal brilliance, professional and personal ethics, and lifetime of contributions to intellectual property law. He is a man of great strength - personal and professional - and a mentor to all who come in contact with him. I personally feel honored to have gotten to know him over the course of our decade plus of leading edge, annual conferences on patent litigation.”
“It is particularly fitting that Ray should receive this honor in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments as a lawyer, and his dedication to advancing the law of intellectual property rights,” notes Sarah Chapin Columbia, chair of McDermott’s internationally-recognized Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. “Our IP litigation practice has grown into a global powerhouse, starting with Ray’s notable courtroom successes, his ability to attract the best IP attorneys to the Firm, and his leadership. He has been an inspiring role model. His legacy of excellence and dedication to the profession’s highest standards continues to inspire all of us at McDermott,” said Columbia.
“Ray’s exceptional talents have contributed greatly to building a world-class IP practice at McDermott,” added Terrence P. McMahon, Executive Committee Member and the chair of McDermott’s Intellectual Property Practice Group until recently. “He is a great leader, role model and inspiration to all of us who have had the pleasure to work with him.”
“This is a great honor both for Ray and for McDermott,” observed Jeffrey E. Stone, Co-Chair of the Firm. “As we all revel in the highlights of Ray’s storied career, we are also grateful that he has helped us to ensure that our current IP Litigation Practice Group shares his vision as well as his outstanding commitment, professional integrity, and personal leadership qualities.”
With 185 attorneys in 16 countries, McDermott’s intellectual property practice is renowned for its trial and appellate experience. More than 125 members of our team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and more than 90 are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). McDermott consistently is ranked one of the most active firms for patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation, as well as litigation before the ITC. IP Law & Business’ annual survey of law firms that filed the most cases ranks McDermott as one of the Top 10 most active IP litigation firms in the United States. Additionally, our intellectual property practice is recognized globally with numerous U.S. and EU lawyers ranked among the leading practices by Chambers Global and Chambers USA.
As a partner at McDermott, Mr. Lupo served twice as chair of the Firm’s acclaimed Intellectual Property practice group. Mr. Lupo first worked as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and served as an associate solicitor before the USPTO. Before entering private practice, Mr. Lupo was also the deputy assistant general counsel for patents at the Department of Energy. For thirty years, Mr. Lupo has counseled clients in developing and protecting intellectual property rights, including licensing strategies. He also advises clients on complex patent prosecution matters, reexamination, reissue and interferences before the USPTO. He has served as lead trial counsel on dozens of complex infringement cases and counsel of record on over 100 appeals.
Mr. Lupo has taught patent enforcement at the George Washington University Law School and is a co-author of Patent Litigation and Strategy, the definitive textbook on patent litigation and strategy published by the West Group.
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