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Background

Brian Gaff is a lead litigator in high-stakes intellectual property disputes, particularly patent infringement matters. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Gaff mediates and arbitrates IP disputes, handles Markman hearings, evidentiary and dispositive hearings, motion practice, and discovery. Clients also rely on Mr. Gaff to handle their copyright, trademark, trade secret litigation matters and license disputes, including matters involving allegedly infringing source code and website content.

A principal in Fish’s Boston office, Mr. Gaff has litigated cases in numerous jurisdictions across the U.S, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Gaff is a highly versatile lawyer with well-honed research and analytical skills. As a certified electronic discovery specialist, he advises clients regarding preventative measures to limit exposure to electronic discovery.

For more than 18 years, Mr. Gaff has counseled clients on patent and intellectual property rights in connection with financing, mergers and acquisitions, and other business transactions, and has helped clients obtain hundreds of patent and trademark applications in the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Mr. Gaff worked as an engineer at Draper Laboratory, Siemens, and Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Gaff is a licensed professional engineer in four states.

Education

Suffolk University Law School
J.D.
magna cum laude


University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering, M.S.


University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering, B.S.
magna cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court for Federal Claims
  • Solicitor of England and Wales

Memberships & Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), senior member
Author of a monthly column in Computer, the flagship magazine of the IEEE’s Computer Society

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