Biography

Seth represents clients in complex intellectual property disputes across a range of industries and technologies. He works to understand each client's business and goals to develop and execute the most effective strategy, whether that involves pre-litigation negotiation, administrative action before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or litigation.

Seth has assisted clients in patent disputes in high-tech fields such as telecommunications, software, and solid-state lighting, in courts such as the Eastern District of Texas, the District of New Hampshire, and the District of Massachusetts. Seth is experienced in developing infringement and validity analyses as well as damages theories, and developing, briefing, and arguing Markman hearings. Seth also has experience providing strategic pre-litigation counsel, including pre-suit risk analysis and developing risk-mitigation strategies.

In addition to his patent work, Seth has experience assisting clients with protecting and managing their brands. His experience runs the gamut of trademark disputes from complaint, motion practice, and summary judgment through trial. Seth has represented clients in the hospitality, beverage, and nutritional supplement industries in trademark disputes before courts in New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Maine. He has also litigated disputes over trademark registrations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

In addition to his intellectual property work, Seth has represented clients in matters before state and federal courts involving product liability claims, contract disputes, and claims of unfair trade practices, as well as real estate and probate disputes.

Seth has experience before a variety of appellate courts. He has assisted in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as well as multiple appeals before the Maine Law Court. Seth's appellate experience involves matters such as property rights, venue, breach of contract, professional licensing, business interference claims, and claims against fiduciaries.

When he is not at his desk, Seth, a Maine native, spends much of his time hiking and skiing in the New England mountains.

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)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Intellectual Property Litigation

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

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

Blog

COVID-19: Federal Bank Regulators Scramble to Issue Waivers and Guidance

As state, federal, and local governments impose ever-greater limitations on business activities and mobility in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus, the strain on the US economy has grown exponentially. Over the...

Publication/Podcast

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

Blog

Paying Health Insurance Premiums for Furloughed or Laid Off Employees

Employers of all sizes in nearly every industry have had to lay off or furlough employees in an attempt to deal with the massive business disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19. Facing this...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Legislation, Regulations, and Programs Regarding COVID-19 Emergency

On March 24 th , the Governor filed legislation to make temporary changes to Massachusetts’ laws and regulations covering a wide range of public and private enterprises to remain in effect during the Covid-19...

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...