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Fish Principals Honored as “Enduring Leaders” by Federal Circuit Bar Association

September 23, 2009

Press Releases

Fish Principals Honored as “Enduring Leaders” by Federal Circuit Bar Association

September 23, 2009

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Chuck Hieken and Frank Porcelli

Boston, MA, August 31, 2009 – Two principals at Fish & Richardson were recently commended as “Enduring Leaders” at the 11th Annual Bench & Bar Conference of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  Charles Hieken and Frank Porcelli were two of only five Massachusetts attorneys to be honored at the event, which was attended by 220 lawyers, including most of the judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Enduring Leaders are appellate lawyers recognized for their long-term leadership and commitment to the mission of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  A national organization, the Association was organized to unite the different groups who practice within the legal community of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Hieken’s practice emphasizes all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights, proprietary information, unfair competition, and antitrust law.  He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications in various fields.  He has briefed and argued numerous appeals in Patent and Trademark Office tribunals and courts, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, its predecessor courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Hieken received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1957 and both his S.B. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952.

Mr. Porcelli is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Group.  His practice emphasizes patent and trade secret appellate work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemistry, and medical devices, and he has successfully argued some of the most important patent cases in the 27-year history of the Federal Circuit as well as a landmark case on the right to trial by jury in trade secret cases in the Supreme Court of Connecticut.

Mr. Porcelli also is active in the Linn Alliance, which is a rapidly growing group of special intellectual property law American Inns of Court (AIC) in major cities throughout the United States, sponsored and supported by Judge Richard Linn of the Federal Circuit.  AIC is designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar.  Recently Mr. Porcelli, as a member of the Founders Committee, helped to institute the Boston IP American Inn of Court, and has now been selected as a member of the new Inn’s Executive Committee and as a Master in this latest addition to the Linn Alliance.  Mr. Porcelli taught Patent Law at Harvard Law School as a Visiting Professor from Practice from 1999 to 2001.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, his M.S. in Chemistry from Northeastern University in 1981, and his A.B., magna cum laude, in English Literature from Boston College in 1968.

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