Kelley Drye Expands Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Two New Partners

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:17

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce that John F. Ward and Michael J. Zinna, the principals of intellectual property boutique Ward & Zinna, LLC, have joined the firm as partners. They will be based in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices. Ward and Zinna focus their practices on all aspects of intellectual property law, including complex patent litigation, post-grant review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), trademark litigation, IP licensing, and the management of domestic and international IP portfolios.

With over 30 years of experience, Ward has been involved in several of the largest patent litigations ever tried. He has litigated patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition cases at both the trial and appellate levels and overseen intellectual property litigation in numerous foreign jurisdictions. As a registered patent attorney, Ward has extensive experience successfully representing both petitioners and patentees in proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is among the minority of attorneys who have successfully kept clients’ patents from being invalidated during post-grant review proceedings. He has advised clients ranging in size from the largest multinational corporations to individual artists and inventors. He also advises clients on the procurement of intellectual property rights, portfolio development and licensing.

Zinna’s practice encompasses all facets of intellectual property, with a focus on patent and trademark litigation, procurement, clearance and licensing. In particular, he has extensive experience representing his clients in patent litigation against non-practicing entities (NPEs). Zinna also represents patent holders and petitioners in post-grant review proceedings before the PTAB and handles opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB). In addition to his patent and trademark docket, he litigates trade dress, copyright and unfair competition cases and advises clients on branding strategy and patent design-around options.