Carissa Rodrigue is an associate in the Intellectual Property practice group. She focuses her practice on all aspects of trademark law and also has experience in copyright and patent matters.
Ms. Rodrigue counsels clients on trademark selection, clearance, and proper use and protection of their marks. She represents clients in trademark prosecution and trademark disputes, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and federal court litigation. She also assists clients with registering and enforcing their trademarks abroad. Ms. Rodrigue is involved in drafting and negotiating settlement agreements to resolve trademark and other intellectual property disputes, and she has experience in intellectual property licensing.
Ms. Rodrigue counsels clients on copyright registration and enforcement matters. She has represented clients in cyber-squatting and domain name disputes, including arbitrations under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Her practice also includes patent litigation for a wide range of technologies and products, including medical devices, consumer electronics and athletic goods. She has experience with high-stakes pharmaceutical patent infringement litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act.
In addition, Ms. Rodrigue has represented clients in commercial litigation matters including contract disputes and unfair business practices. She is also involved in pro bono work, including trademark prosecution and enforcement matters and criminal expungement proceedings. Ms. Rodrigue was recently named an Empire State Counsel Honoree in recognition of her pro bono service.
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, and 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. Ms. Rodrigue joined McCarter & English in 2010 after completing the firm’s 2009 summer associate program.