Gibbons Director Robert Rudnick Elected President Of The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 16:30

Gibbons P.C. has announced that Robert E. Rudnick, a director in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, has been elected president of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA). Mr. Rudnick has been an NJIPLA board member for the past four years.


Mr. Rudnick counsels clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent procurement and portfolio development strategies, value generation from patent portfolios, patent and technology licensing, patent clearance studies, patent non-infringement/invalidity evaluations and opinions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and patent prosecution, especially in the medical device and telecommunication technologies. In addition, Mr. Rudnick has significant business and legal experience negotiating and providing counsel with intellectual property-based transactions. He has also counseled and defended clients from other aggressive patent licensing entities such as non-practicing entities (“patent trolls”). He spent time in various in-house roles at AT&T and subsequent spin-off companies Lucent Technologies and Avaya Inc. before joining Gibbons.

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Gibbons P.C. has announced that five attorneys have been named firm directors and counsel in 2013.

“The 2013 class of directors and counsel comprises some of the most impressive, up-and-coming attorneys in the area, all of whom exemplify the exceptional   qualities that define Gibbons as a firm,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., chairman and managing director of Gibbons.

Attorneys promoted to director (partner) are Ivette P. Alvarado, Joshua R. Elias, Paul J. St. Onge and Lisa H. Wang.

Ivette P. Alvarado (Real Property & Environmental Department – Newark) focuses her practice on commercial leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and real estate finance. She has extensive experience negotiating and drafting office, retail, and commercial building and ground leases and subleases throughout the United States. She conducts extensive due diligence investigations for multiple-property leasehold and fee title acquisitions and counsels clients in connection with contract and lease compliance issues related to land use, zoning, and other governmental permits and approvals.

Joshua R. Elias (Business & Commercial Litigation Department – Newark) focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Elias handled complex legal malpractice matters, commercial/warranty litigation, and general litigation. With extensive experience drafting pleadings and written discovery, conducting depositions, drafting dispositive and non-dispositive motions, arguing motions before the court, performing investigations, and negotiating settlements, Mr. Elias manages all stages of the litigation process.  

Paul J. St. Onge (Government Affairs Department – Trenton) has broad-based public and private sector experience. He served as a senior advisor to Governor James E. McGreevey’s Transition Team, assisting with matters relating to New Jersey’s independent authorities and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. He has held a number of other senior level positions including serving as Special Assistant to the New Jersey State Treasurer, where he coordinated approximately $200 million in state investment transactions. Mr. St. Onge also served as Assistant Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). During his tenure with the State of New Jersey and the NJEDA, Mr. St. Onge helped to negotiate, structure, and otherwise complete several major high-profile public-private development and redevelopment projects. Mr. St. Onge also served as Special Projects Director in the Washington D.C. Senate office of Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate.

Lisa H. Wang (Intellectual Property Department – Newark) centers her practice on patent prosecution and patent reexaminations, focusing on the areas of large and small molecule pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and nutritional supplements. Ms. Wang represents clients in both ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues, including due diligence studies, clearance and pre-suit investigations, and freedom to operate opinions. 

Promoted to counsel is Melissa DeHonney (Business & Commercial Litigation Department – Newark), who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has successfully represented clients in a broad range of matters, including consumer fraud actions, partnership disputes, estate litigation, and unfair competition, trademark, and copyright matters. Her experience encompasses all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts, from inception through appellate review.