Holmes W. Anderson

Holmes W. Anderson has over twenty years of experience in patent law. His primary expertise is preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of electronics, mechanics, software, imaging, optics, and acoustics. Representative technologies within those fields include IP routing, wireless communications, optical communications, networked data storage, various types of medical devices, and hydrocarbon exploration and recovery. He also provides legal counseling regarding trade mark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, patent infringement, and portfolio acquisition and liquidation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Anderson served as Lead Intellectual Property Counsel for the research and development division of Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for managing patent-related activities and supporting transactions, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to that, he was in private practice at Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes in Boston. Mr. Anderson received formal training in patent preparation and prosecution while working for United Technologies, prior to which he worked as an engineer for a developer of equipment for automated optical inspection of printed circuit boards.

Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont, and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1993, and to the Massachusetts Bar in 1994.

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John C. Gorecki

John C. Gorecki has over twenty years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the software, telecommunications, electrical, mechanical, and optical arts.  Mr. Gorecki has obtained patents for foreign and domestic clients in diverse areas of technology relating to semiconductor fabrication equipment and semiconductor devices, flat panel displays, thin film technologies, digital and analog electrical circuits, optical devices (such as photon counters, optical sensors, and laser diodes), computer software, financial software, storage systems, telecommunication devices and protocols, messaging protocols, medical devices such as stents, stent delivery systems, catheters, guide wires, and MRI systems, and mechanical devices such as injection molding machines, filtration technology, snowboard bindings and boots, and automotive transmissions.  His clients include large corporations as well as small start up clients.

Mr. Gorecki worked as a solo practitioner for five years before joining the firm.  He also has almost eight years experience working with large corporate clients at select law firms, including several years at both Fish & Richardson and Wolf Greenfield and Sacks.  At these firms, Mr. Gorecki divided his time between prosecution, litigation, and drafting noninfringement/invalidity opinions.  He also was involved in trademark work and has experience appealing adverse decisions to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and to the Federal Circuit.  Mr. Gorecki also was employed as in-house counsel for Nortel Networks where he focused on patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, managing outside counsel, inbound and outbound licensing, transactional work, and client counseling.

Mr. Gorecki completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in four years, both with honors, in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California.  While pursuing his Engineering degrees, he did a considerable amount of programming and conducted extensive research in optics, fluid dynamics, hypersonic fluid dynamics, and fluorescence. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1994. He is admitted to the bar in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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John T. Manaras

John T. Manaras, a founder of the firm, after practicing law for over 40 years, has moved to Of Counsel status. He will continue to provide limited services to a few of the firm's long-standing overseas clients in their U.S. activities and act as an advisor to the firm. Over the years he practiced across the computer, software and technologies industries, both as inside counsel to major companies and through the firm.

Mr. Manaras holds an AB degree from Dartmouth College, MBA and JD degrees from Cornell University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University. He is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts, as well as before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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