Overview

Keith applies his experience from over 25 years, in private practice and as in-house patent counsel, to best serve his clients. He works first to understand their business goals, then devises cohesive, integrated intellectual property strategies to protect their products. Keith has a sincere appreciation for budgetary and other internal pressures that can affect in-house decisions and, from his first-hand experience, understands the importance of providing quality and cost-efficient legal services. From this, he has built an in-depth practice providing strategic counseling, patent and trademark prosecution, and negotiation of licensing, joint venture and other transactional agreements.

Keith focuses on technologies related to electronic, mechanical, and consumer products such as:

  • materials and equipment used in the fabrication of printed circuit boards,
  • data center equipment and architecture,
  • functional and decorative chemistries,
  • mechanical and electro-mechanical devices,
  • sophisticated networks and system security architecture, and
    computer hardware and software.

Because of Keith’s expansive background, his client base is diverse, and includes industry leaders like:

  • Schneider Electric
  • Speedline Technologies
  • Specialty Coating Systems
  • Markforged, Inc.

Representative Matters

  • For a Fortune 500 company, blanketing a key technology to compete in a technology space previously dominated by a competitor.
  • For a consumable product manufacturer accused of patent infringement by a competitor, developed an invalidity strategy within a matter of days to successfully defeat a preliminary injunction motion.
  • Assisting a start-up medical device and processing company in developing and growing an international patent portfolio that attracted investors, generating millions of dollars for the client.
  • Assisted a publicly-traded company in negotiating a technology license with a global energy consortium.
  • Advised a publicly-traded company on successfully enforcing their patent rights against a well-funded competitor who misappropriated such rights.
  • Helped several clients in growing their intellectual property rights in efforts to obtain third-party funding.
  • Assisted a publicly-traded company in negotiating a technology license with a global energy consortium.

Previously, Keith served as vice president and corporate in-house patent counsel at large public companies. He was instrumental in overseeing the development of an extensive intellectual property portfolio, the enforcement of intellectual property against competitors, significant licensing fees and exclusive positions in key technological areas.

Keith is a retired Major and Staff Judge Advocate for the Joint Forces Command in the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Education and Prior Experience

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center), J.D., focus on Intellectual Property Law
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Admissions, Memberships, and Acknowledgements

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Missouri, Illinois, and in various federal courts
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)