Carissa Rodrigue is an Associate in the Intellectual Property group in the Newark and New York offices of McCarter & English, LLP. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and intellectual property counseling in transactional matters.
Ms. Rodrigue represents clients in patent and trademark infringement cases for products including apparel, computer products and pharmaceuticals. She has experience with high-stakes pharmaceutical patent infringement litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She also represents clients in cyber-squatting and domain name disputes, including arbitrations under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Ms. Rodrigue counsels clients on trademark selection, trademark clearance, and proper use and protection of their trademarks. She is involved in the licensing of intellectual property rights. She also has experience prosecuting trademarks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Besides her intellectual property work, Ms. Rodrigue represents clients in commercial litigation matters involving, among other things, contract disputes and unfair business practices. She has experience in the preparation of contractual agreements for clients in the entertainment industry. She has also worked with the firm's Private Clients group, representing individuals, financial institutions and non-profit organizations in trusts and estates and family law litigation, and with the firm's Environmental practice group.
Ms. Rodrigue received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 2000. She earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2009, where she was an Articles Editor for the Public Interest Law Journal. She simultaneously completed a Master of Public Health, with an Environmental Health concentration, at Boston University School of Public Health.
Prior to joining to the firm, Ms. Rodrigue worked for over six years as an environmental scientist and consultant in both Massachusetts and New Jersey. Her work focused on the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. During law school, Ms. Rodrigue worked as a summer associate at a Boston law firm and interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Conservation Law Foundation.
Ms. Rodrigue joined McCarter & English as an associate in 2010 after completing the firm's 2009 summer associate program.