The PIT IP Tech Blog, written by the attorneys at the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C., focuses on current events in the intellectual property and technology legal areas. In addition to prosecuting and obtaining intellectual property rights (such as patents, trademark, and copyrights) for its clients, Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. focuses on intellectual property, insurance, environmental, pharmaceutical, medical device, products liability, toxic tort, and business litigation.
PSMN’s Intellectual Property Experience
PSMN’s attorneys have served as both lead counsel and local counsel in the Pittsburgh area and nationally for Pennsylvania-based and out-of-state corporations with respect to patent, trademark, and copyright litigation and related disputes over licensing, royalties, and unfair competition claims under the Lanham Act. We are business trial attorneys who understand both the need to enforce IP rights, and the need to defend against predatory litigation.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright protection and litigation with training and experience in the biological, chemical, computing, electrical, mechanical, and optical fields. As registered patent attorneys before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we can draft and obtain patents and trademarks for our clients in a variety of technical fields. In addition to prosecuting patents, trademarks, and copyrights, our attorneys have decades of experience handling complex patent litigation matters for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, both as plaintiffs and defendants. We have successfully represented clients with a variety of different technologies in obtaining favorable settlements or jury verdicts and can utilize our in-house technical and patent expertise to provide cost efficient representation of intellectual property disputes. Our attorneys also provide patent and trademark audits, opinions, and evaluations for businesses and individuals and consult with these entities in pre-litigation matters.
For further information, please contact our Principal Shareholder Henry Sneath, Esq. at:
Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.
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444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
About the Authors:
Henry Sneath is a trial attorney focusing on business, intellectual property, pharmaceutical and products liability, toxic torts, insurance and tort litigation matters. Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, construction claims, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, medical device and products liability litigation, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent litigation matters. He has tried over 95 cases to jury and non-jury verdict in Federal and State Court jurisdictions and has helped clients resolve disputes through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures.
Mr. Sneath is licensed to practice in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U. S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Kelly Williams’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and intellectual property law. Ms. Williams handles all phases of litigation in state and federal courts. Ms. Williams represents national insurance companies involving coverage claims by policy holders and has experience overseeing large scale e-discovery in federal court. In addition, Ms. Williams has defended corporations against trademark infringement claims and has acted as local patent infringement counsel. Ms. Williams’ experience also includes representing corporations in product liability litigation.
Ms. Williams is licensed to practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Robert Wagner’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law. Dr. Wagner is an accomplished litigator with a strong background in civil litigation involving technical issues, such as patent infringement and trade secret litigation in the computer, electrical, and mechanical fields, as well as complex commercial and corporate litigation matters, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and RICO litigation. Dr. Wagner was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in IP Litigation in 2013. Dr. Wagner recently obtained what the Judge called a “complete victory” in a bench trial on behalf of his client, a plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois. The Court found that defendants willfully infringed, entered a permanent injunction, and awarded attorney and expert fees to the plaintiff. The Federal Circuit affirmed after argument by Dr. Wagner.
In addition to his litigation work, Dr. Wagner is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he prosecutes patents on behalf of his clients. With his strong scientific and technical training, Dr. Wagner is well-positioned to handle complex patents, especially in the optical, electrical, computer, and mechanical fields.
Dr. Wagner is licensed to practice in the States of Pennsylvania and Illinois, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Northern District of Ohio, Northern District of Illinois, and Central District of Illinois.
Joseph Carnicella focuses his practice in the areas of commercial, intellectual property and insurance coverage litigation. Prior to joining Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C., Mr. Carnicella was an associate with a business law firm in Pittsburgh , concentrating in business and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Carnicella has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2010–13. Mr. Carnicella received his J.D. degree in 2005 from Duquesne University School of Law and his B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002. While in law school, Mr. Carnicella worked as a certified legal intern for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and served as a judicial extern for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Carnicella is licensed to practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Also, Mr. Carnicella is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Robert Palumbi focuses his practice on a variety of commercial and civil litigation areas. Mr. Palumbi previously worked as an associate at a litigation firm in Pittsburgh where his cases involved a variety of areas including products liability, toxic tort, Dram Shop actions, personal injury, environmental and construction defect actions. Mr. Palumbi was honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013. Mr. Palumbi received his Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Mr. Palumbi completed a judicial internship with the Honorable W. Terrence O’Brien of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Mr. Palumbi is a member of the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey bars. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of West Virginia, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palumbi graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2005 with a B.S. in Political Science.