Biography

Seth represents clients in complex intellectual property disputes across all stages of litigation and in a range of industries and technologies, such as solid-state (i.e. LED) lighting, telecommunications, software, electronic health records, robotics, IoT devices and GPS-enabled consumer goods.

Seth handles disputes from early assessment, dispositive motions, Markman, trial, and through appeal. Seth also has extensive experience defending companies against non-practicing entities, also known as “patent trolls.” Seth is experienced in organizing and leading joint-defense groups in coordinating litigation strategy against some of the largest and sophisticated patent trolls.

In addition to his federal court experience, Seth also has experience in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). Seth has represented both patent challengers as well as patent owners, and has secured favorable resolutions as a result of the proceedings. Seth also has experience in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission.

Seth also provides clients strategic pre-litigation counsel to manage risk and develop business strategies in crowded intellectual property environments. Seth helps clients identify key threats and develop creative and effective strategies for managing external risk. Seth also helps develop strategies for protecting key intellectual property assets for intellectual property owners.

In addition to his patent work, Seth also has experience representing clients with trademark and copyright disputes in industries such as hospitality, consumer goods, software, and financial services. Seth’s experience includes both federal court litigation as well as administrative actions before the USPTO.

When he is not at his desk, Seth can likely be found either exploring the mountains of New England or trying his hand at something new in the kitchen with his wife and son.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
  • Hamilton College  (B.A., magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • Board of Directors, WinterKids

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association

Honors

  • The Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2016 & 2019)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch under Intellectual Property Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Intellectual Property Litigation

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Firm Highlights

Matter

Patent Litigation: Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Represented small biotech company and two academic researchers against large pharmaceutical company in dispute over inventorship of several patents relating to mesenchymal stem cells and their uses, as well as defending against numerous state...

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

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Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

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Patent Litigation: Semiconductors

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent case against competitor in litigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, in which both sides asserted patents relating to power management and A-D converters; conducted Markman...

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

Scott Connolly, partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The...

News

Lawsuit Over Maine Beach Access

News Center Maine ran a news story, "Group files lawsuit over Maine public beach access," discussing that a group is suing property owners for beach access. The story explains that "Maine's tidal coastline is...

Blog

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA: A Webinar

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

News

Beachfront Home Owners' Property Lines Present Challenges for Businesses

On April 22, Portland Press Herald published an article, "Lawsuit could settle debate over who owns Maine beaches between low- and high-tide lines," explaining that Maine's top court decided beachfront home owners own the...

Blog

Pension Plan Mortality Table Litigation – What’s Next?

The first major settlement of a lawsuit challenging the mortality assumptions used to calculate pension plan benefits was announced earlier this year. According to court filings in Cruz v. Raytheon Company , the settlement...

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Contours of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

In Attorney General v. Facebook, Inc. , No. SJC-12496 (March 24, 2021), [i] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to...

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