Joseph A. Farco, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a guest presenter for the Queens Inventors and Entrepreneur Club Meeting on October 15. He discussed what each form of intellectual property protects, the process of obtaining each type of intellectual property, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of intellectual property.
“I was honored to be a part of the Queens Inventors and Entrepreneur Club Meeting. Patents are especially important for inventors and entrepreneurs and I was excited to share my knowledge with them,” said Farco.
Farco focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, including litigation, patent, and trade secret transactions.
As a trial patent lawyer, Farco represents patent owners, including inventors and foreign and domestic companies, in district court and the International Trade Commission. He handles pre-filing due diligence on how patent owners can best assert their patents; cease-and-desist correspondence to avoid litigation; and all aspects of Markman proceedings, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also spearheads electronic discovery and strategies for electronically searchable information (ESI).
Farco makes advance preparation and efficient strategy development his priorities, especially for witnesses who are not native English-speakers and where numerous experts are involved. He has prepared foreign and domestic witnesses and experts for trial.
As a registered patent attorney, Farco practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he counsels clients from all over the world under America Invents Act (AIA) and pre-AIA rules to obtain patent protection in the form of utility and design patents. He has represented clients in appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and has been involved in challenges to patent rights under ex parte reexaminations and inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings.
Farco uses his litigation and prosecution experience to provide opinions concerning patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity, to assist clients in making well-informed intellectual property decisions for their business or for helping avoid allegations of induced infringement and/or willful infringement of patents.
Prior to his legal career, Farco was a project engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, where he led a team of engineers to develop mechanical, electrical, and materials test analyses for the life-critical Extravehicular Mobility Unit worn by astronauts on space missions to and from the International Space Station.
Farco received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2008. He received his M.S. in Engineering Management and his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, with honors, both from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2005, and his M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2014.
The intellectual property attorneys at Norris McLaughlin are dedicated to providing sophisticated intellectual property counsel to domestic and international clients. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, they have backgrounds in a broad range of engineering and sciences, including petrochemical, chemical, biochemical, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, medical devices, and computer software and hardware. Many have worked in the field for 10 or more years, allowing them to provide all the expertise of an IP boutique within a large, full-service firm.