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

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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

News

Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the...

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Publication/Podcast

Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

Event

Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...

Blog

DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Publication/Podcast

WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...

Matter

Establishment of Non-Depository Trust for National Company

Verrill served as special counsel to a national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine non-depository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Non-depository trust companies are highly regulated, and the matter...

Matter

Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States

Verrill has helped to form more non-depository trust companies in Maine than any other law firm. We have also helped our trust clients when they look to expand their business into other states. In...