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Sheryl Koval Garko

Principal

Boston, MA
617-521-7043
garko@fr.com
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Background

Sheryl Koval Garko is a Principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Garko focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and media litigation.  She has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world, as well as assisting start-up companies.  Most recently, she represented New Balance in one of Law360‘s "Top Trademark Rulings of 2016 – A Midyear Review.”  She also has experience in patent cases in diverse areas of technology, including pharmaceutical products, prepaid wireless telephones, VoIP telephony, athletic shoes, medical devices, manufacturing processes, and genetic sequencing.  She has handled numerous lawsuits in federal and state courts nationwide, and has experience practicing before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. ​

From March to September 2008, Ms. Garko served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. In that capacity, she prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and tried over twenty jury and non-jury cases. Ms. Garko also argued dozens of dispositive and evidentiary motions, many of which involved constitutional issues. Outside of the office, Ms. Garko has handled pro bono cases for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR), which works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained.  

Ms. Garko has also worked with the New England Innocence Project and was on the team that won a $3.2 million settlement from the city of Boston in a compensation case that was filed on behalf of an individual who had been wrongfully convicted and then officially exonerated through DNA testing.

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 2003
Executive Editor, University of Virginia School of Law Journal of Law and Politics
Pro bono honors


A.B., Dartmouth College 1999
cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2009

Memberships & Affiliations

​Boston Bar Association and Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.

Other Distinctions

2015 “Top Women of Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

2015 Leadership Excellence Award, New England Business & Leadership Summit

Selected Presentations and Publications

"The ITC as an Essential Tool in the IP Enforcement Toolkit," Practicing Law Institute Advanc​ed Trademark Law Annual Review (March 2016).

“The ITC as an Essential Tool in the IP Enforcement Toolkit,” AIPLA 2016 Mid-Winter Institute (January 2016).​

Co-author, "Protecting Your IP Against Infringement on the Internet," IP Frontline (2006).

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