McCarter Bolsters IP Group: Patent Partner Joins in Boston, Trademark & Internet Partner in NYC

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:33

Two intellectual property partners with extensive experience at large national firms have joined McCarter & English, bolstering the firm’s already nationally recognized IP practice.

Dr. Andrej Barbic, co-chair of the Boston Patent Law Association’s Contested Matters Committee, joined McCarter’s Boston office. Barbic will defend and challenge patents in post-grant proceedings  and assist biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences clients in securing and defending  their intellectual property. He joins the firm after a decade at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, now known as WilmerHale. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, with a sub-specialty in biophysical chemistry, and a strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Beyond defending and challenging patents, Dr. Barbic will assist clients in building robust patent portfolios and in other activities related to protecting and capitalizing on their intellectual property.

Gregory S. Shatan joined McCarter’s New York office, where he will focus on intellectual property and technology transactions, Internet and domain name matters, trademark protection and enforcement, and web accessibility under the ADA. His transactional practice centers on acquisitions and licenses of IP rights and assets, on outsourcing and development transactions, and also on the technology and IP layers of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings. Shatan is president of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the not-for-profit charged with preserving the operational stability of the Internet. He has been a partner at Reed Smith and Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Somewhat far afield from traditional IP practice, but in a burgeoning area of the law in which he has developed significant experience, Shatan helps business clients avoid disputes arising from website accessibility issues. In this incipient area of the law, he is concentrating on guiding companies on how to comply with the ADA but says risk management will give way to defending claims in the next few years.

“It’s a win for the firm and, more important, a win for our clients when two attorneys like Andrej and Greg join us,” said Michael P. Kelly, chairman of McCarter & English. “Our IP practice already is very successful and nationally renowned, and with their addition, we are now that much stronger. Andrej and Greg are both A-plus lawyers and A-plus people.”

Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., the firm’s managing partner, said the firm is continually on the lookout for practitioners of the quality of Barbic and Shatan. “Intellectual property has been, and continues to be, a growth area for our firm, in terms of numbers of lawyers, revenue and recognition,” Vajtay said. “Any firm would benefit from the addition of Andrej and Greg, and we look forward to a long, productive relationship with them.”