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Education

  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, 1987
  • B.S., The Catholic University of America, Mechanical Engineering, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Mark Dunn Giarratana

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Over the past 25 years, Mr. Giarratana has represented businesses in patent and trademark litigation in federal courts throughout the country. He is a patent attorney litigator who has handled over 20 patent infringement suits as lead counsel through Markman and summary judgment. He has tried patent and trademark bench and jury trials in various federal courts, and argued appeals before the Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits. Mr. Giarratana also has successfully litigated inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings concurrently with federal patent litigation. He also has litigated numerous trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Mr. Giarratana’s technical background is in mechanical engineering, and prior to law school, he worked as an x-ray engineer for an x-ray tube manufacturer. Mr. Giarratana has litigated numerous intellectual property cases involving a broad array of technologies, including optical fibers, lasers, computer-controlled cutting and measuring equipment, medical devices, telecommunications, and nutritional supplements.

Mr. Giarratana has developed and managed extensive patent and trademark portfolios involving hundreds of patents and trademarks throughout the world. In addition, he as represented clients in a wide variety of international, intellectual property licensing transactions that have generated cumulatively over $50 million in licensing fees.

Mr. Giarratana is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has authored papers and conducted seminars on various intellectual property topics, and was formerly chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

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Representative Matters

Recent Patent Cases
Recent notable patent cases include conducting a Markman hearing and obtaining a non-infringement decision on summary judgment in a patent infringement case involving computer-controlled instruments for measuring the pitch of propeller blades. Mr. Giarratana successfully defended the decision before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has represented many other businesses in patent infringement disputes in various federal courts.
Notable Trademark Cases
Notable trademark cases include successfully defending a registered trademark owner in a dispute with a foreign manufacturer over ownership of the company's house marks. Mr. Giarratana obtained a summary judgment decision affirming his client's ownership of the marks and successfully defended the decision before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has represented numerous other businesses in trademark and unfair competition disputes in federal court, and in trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Equity Purchase and Intellectual Property License Agreement
Additionally, Mr. Giarratana recently represented a medical device manufacturer in connection with an equity purchase and related intellectual property license agreement with a major pharmaceutical company. The pharmaceutical company purchased an equity interest in his client's business and Mr. Giarratana negotiated further development and license agreements whereby the parties jointly developed and manufactured the patented and patent-pending technologies.
Additional Experience
Mr. Giarratana is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. He has authored papers and conducted seminars on various intellectual property topics, and was formerly chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.