Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its New York office upon hiring three new attorneys: two electrical engineering partners, Jonathan Berschadsky and Frank DeLucia, Jr., and an industrial engineering associate, Luciano Ricondo. The addition of these three 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 two 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 and Frank are both well-known and active members of the New York IP community, and we are thrilled to have them join our office,” said Dianna G. El Hioum, managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “Luciano brings a much-needed set of skills to further support the growing business from our East Coast clients. These three top attorneys are an excellent complement to our mechanical, chemical, and life sciences practices in New York, enabling us to provide a full suite of sophisticated IP legal services to our clients in industries across the board.”
Previously colleagues at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, both Jonathan and Frank are seasoned patent attorneys with nearly 40 years of experience combined.
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.
Frank focuses his practice primarily on patent prosecution and the strategic management of client patent portfolios, and he also represents clients in contested proceedings at the USPTO and trademark matters. Frank has particular experience with inter partes review, a specific patent post grant proceeding at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. With a degree in electrical engineering, Frank handles patent matters in the electrical, software, mechanical, and business method arts. Drawing on knowledge gained from a recently-completed Executive M.B.A. program, Frank understand clients’ business needs, strategies, and goals.
Frank is a regular instructor at the Practising Law Institute, a board member for Futures and Options, and a volunteer at New York University’s Varick Street Incubator. In 2014, Frank was awarded the City Bar Justice Center’s Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.
Frank received a B.S.E.E. from Boston University, a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and an Executive M.B.A. from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.