Robert C. Sullivan, Jr., is the Managing Principal of the New York office of Fish & Richardson. He has more than 25 years of experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution, counseling, and licensing, primarily in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Sullivan’s practice involves such diversified technologies as recombinant drugs and industrial enzymes, small molecule pharmaceuticals and formulations, medical devices and diagnostic systems, papermaking and absorbent products, ion exchange resins and water treatment systems, food and beverage packaging, electrochemical processes, specialty chemicals, recombinant agricultural products, dental care preparations and paper handling equipment.
Mr. Sullivan has spoken on intellectual property issues to a variety of professional associations including the Association of University Technology Managers, New York Biotechnology Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the Practising Law Institute, and lectured at several universities including the City University of New York, the State University of New York and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a regular faculty member of the PLI annual Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Program.
Mr. Sullivan is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, Martindale’s highest rating for legal ability and ethics. He was selected as a New York Super Lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation for 2010 by Super Lawyer magazine. He is also a member of the Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court (the first intellectual property law Inn of Court in New York). For Pro Bono work, Mr. Sullivan is active in representing federal inmates serving long prison sentences with Presidential clemency petitions seeking sentence commutations.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
“IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2016); 2013 Top Rated – AV® PreeminentTM Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.
He is a co-author, along with Marc C. Gross and S. Peter Ludwig, of a legal treatise entitled Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents: Law and Practice, a comprehensive how-to guide for protecting BioPharma inventions.
Elective Office Trustee – Board of Education, Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York – Chair of Facilities Committee and Audit Committee member; term 2014-2017
Mr. Sullivan specializes in all aspects of U.S. and multinational intellectual property litigation from pre-filing investigation and strategy, through trial and appeal. Notable cases include:
Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc. v. C T E Global, Inc., 1:11-cv-04276 (N.D. Ill. 2012). Obtained consent judgment and permanent injunction against U.S. importer of glucoamylase industrial enzymes (used in the manufacture of fuel ethanol) that infringed client’s U.S. patents.
Layne Christensen v. The Purolite Company (D. Kan. 2012): Represented ion exchange resin manufacturer in litigation involving allegations of patent infringement and breach of contract concerning ion exchange resins for removal of arsenates from water.
Novozymes A/S v. Genencor International, Inc. and Enzyme Development Corp., 446 F.Supp. 2d 297 (D. Del. 2006), 474 F.Supp.2d 592 (2007);
Danisco A/S v. Novo Nordisk A/S, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1842 (S.D.N.Y.);
Novo Nordisk v. Eli Lilly & Co., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18690 (D. Del.);
Fromson v. Anitec Printing Plates, 39 USPQ2D 1727 (D. Mass. 1996) affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, 132 F.3d 1437 (Fed. Cir. 1997) cert. denied 1998 U.S. LEXIS 4857;
International Visual Corp. v. Crown Metal Mfg. Co., 991 F.2d 768 (Fed. Cir. 1993);
Westvaco Corp. v. International Paper Co., 23 USPQ2d 1401 (E.D. Va. 1991), affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded, 991 F.2d 735 (Fed. Cir. 1993), on remand, 31 USPQ2D 1798 (E.D. Va. 1994).
He is also involved in complex U.S. patent prosecution; U.S. and international patent portfolio management; Hatch-Waxman counseling; freedom to operate studies; intellectual property due diligence investigations and licensing.