Prince Lobel Adds to Rapidly Growing Intellectual Property Practice

Litigators O’Konski, Cartwright expand firm’s patent litigation, prosecution capabilities

Prince Lobel Tye LLP has added two additional litigators to its fast-growing Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Patent litigators Thomas O’Konski and Tyrus Cartwright have joined the Prince Lobel intellectual property team as a partner and associate, respectively, and will bring both breadth and depth to the group’s already extensive array of talent.

One of the most highly acclaimed litigators in intellectual property, Thomas O’Konski brings to the firm his vast experience in patent, trademark, and antitrust law, along with expertise in trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and patent portfolio development.  Over more than 40 years as a trial attorney, O’Konski has obtained countless favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients, both patent owners and accused infringers, and has counseled many emerging businesses and start-ups on the importance of protecting their intellectual property.  Thanks in large part to O’Konski’s help, many of these businesses have been acquired by larger companies for substantial amounts on the strength of their patent portfolios.

Throughout O’Konski’s career, many of his cases have been hard-fought and have required years of litigation.  In a recent case involving Savant Systems LLC, O’Konski served as lead counsel on a team of multiple law firms.  After over four years of litigation, O’Konski and his team succeeded in securing a substantial monetary settlement for Savant only one month before the case was due to go to trial.  O’Konski has also given expert testimony on patent and licensing law and has arbitrated patent-related disputes for both the American Arbitration Association and the United States International Chamber of Commerce.

“I am proud to be joining the highly capable attorneys in Prince Lobel’s IP and litigation groups and look forward to adding my expertise to the mix,” said O’Konski.

Also joining the Intellectual Property Practice Group is patent litigator and prosecutor Tyrus Cartwright.  Cartwright’s expertise is in patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.), specifically in the fields of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering.  He has developed and prosecuted numerous patent applications related to a wide range of topics, including business methods, electrical circuits and conductors, power systems, wireless technologies, computer hardware and software, and database management and architecture.  Cartwright has a background in engineering.  He worked as a Substation Engineer at Alliant Energy Corporation – Wisconsin Power & Light in Madison, Wisconsin prior to receiving his degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).

“We are delighted to welcome these two attorneys to what has become a nationally recognized patent litigation practice,” said Managing Partner Craig M. Tateronis.  “Their combined expertise in business, technological, and electrical engineering patent prosecution and litigation complements the many other services our Intellectual Property Group provides to Prince Lobel’s clients.”

With the addition of O’Konski and Cartwright, Prince Lobel’s intellectual property litigation and prosecution practice, chaired by partner Robert Gilman, now consists of 16 experienced attorneys.  Members of this group work to provide the best possible support for clients at all stages of the innovation process, from drafting and prosecuting patents to protecting and defending clients’ inventions, trademarks, and trade secrets.

About Prince Lobel:  Prince Lobel Tye LLP is a Boston law firm whose 80-plus attorneys handle matters of local, regional, national, and international reach.  We offer high-quality advice and cost-effective solutions in practice areas and industries including Construction, Corporate, Data Privacy and Security, Domestic Relations, Employment, Environmental, Estate Planning, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Media and First Amendment, Nanotechnology, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Social Media, and Telecommunications.