Merchant & Gould Grows New York Office

June 20, 2017

Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its New York office upon hiring new attorneys Jonathan Berschadsky and Luciano Ricondo. The addition of these attorneys significantly broadens the services the firm offers on the East Coast, providing added proficiency in inter partes review, litigation, and electrical/mechanical matters in particular.

“We are excited to bring aboard experienced, high-end attorneys in our New York office,” said Brian H. Batzli, CEO and Managing Director of Merchant & Gould. “They have hit the ground running and already are working with attorneys and clients across our firm.”


Jonathan focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation, freedom to operate analysis, and U.S. and international patent portfolio management. He regularly counsels clients on strategic partnerships and technology acquisitions, performs IP due diligence investigations, and negotiates collaboration, technology and M&A agreements. Tapping his background in electrical engineering and years of prosecution experience, Jonathan often provides technical advice in litigation cases as well.

For the first time this year, Jonathan was named to the IAM Strategy 300 list of IP professionals skilled “in the development and roll-out of strategies that maximize the value of patents, copyright, trademarks and other IP rights,” according to the publication. Jonathan is a co-chair of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s (NYIPLA) Patent Law & Practice Committee and a co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp, and he regularly speaks and writes on IP matters.

Jonathan received a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Boston University and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.


Luciano prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications in the mechanical, electrical, computer, and software-related arts. As part of his patent prosecution practice, he advises clients on subject-matter eligibility challenges and drafts opinions regarding patentability, patent infringement, and freedom-to-operate. Luciano will provide support for the office’s growing prosecution practice.

Luciano received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University – Schreyer Honors College and a J.D. from Hofstra University – Maurice A. Deane School of Law.