“I am excited to come aboard at Norris McLaughlin and continue my IP transactional and litigation practice there for my clients and the clients of the firm,” said Farco. “I look forward to being the litigation resource for the firm’s robust IP practice and round out the firm’s general practice capabilities for all of our clients.”
“We are pleased that Joe has joined our team. His experience will truly bring our group and our clients to the next level,” said Bruce S. Londa, who co-chairs the group along with Danielle M. DeFilippis.
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 for patent owners on how to 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 argued for his clients to obtain patents on their inventions through appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also 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. Most recently, he received his M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2014.