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Eckert Seamans Attorneys Serve as Faculty at Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA – The national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC announced that attorneys Wendy West Feinstein and Roberta Jacobs-Meadway recently served as faculty at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, held April 17 and April 18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Firm Chief Executive Officer Timothy P. Ryan served as course planner and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

Ms. West Feinstein presented the "IP Damages" session, which examined damages in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation.

Ms. Jacobs-Meadway, along with the Honorable David M. Mermelstein, Administrative Trademark Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Fred W. Hathaway, Esq. of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, lectured on the subject of "TTAB Practice & New Rules". The session focused on practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and specifically, the new rules that took effect in late 2007 pertaining to pretrial practices, namely, service of initial pleadings, mandatory conferences and disclosures and discovery. The session also included a discussion of the new Accelerated Case Resolution (ACR) provisions.

Ms. West Feinstein focuses her practice on complex business and commercial litigation, including the representation of public and private corporations and partnerships, non-profit corporations and national banking institutions in a wide variety of matters including contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property disputes and class action defense. She represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level. She also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration proceedings before American Arbitration Association panels, and private and court directed mediation. Ms. West Feinstein has been recognized by Pennsylvania SuperLawyers® in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as a Rising Star. She holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Jacobs-Meadway focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, unfair competition law and related licensing and litigation in the federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has also served as mediator in numerous trademark and copyright disputes. Frequently praised for her expertise in the discipline of intellectual property law, Ms. Jacobs-Meadway has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the "Leaders in Their Field" in the area of intellectual property law in the 2003 through 2007 editions. She is ranked in the top tier of intellectual property attorneys in Pennsylvania and is referred to as "the preeminent trademark attorney in Pennsylvania." The publication also wrote, "According to interviewees ‘no one in the city knows more about copyright’ than Roberta Jacobs-Meadway." She has been honored by Law & Politics Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine among the "Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" and has also been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in the area of intellectual property law for 2007. Law Business Research Ltd. named her to the "International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers."

Mr. Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the firm and a Member of the firm’s Litigation Division. He has a broad range of experience in commercial, business and regulatory litigation, covering matters such as patent, trademark, copyright infringement, licensing, franchising, unfair competition, contracts, RICO, securities fraud and toxic exposure issues. During the past twenty years, Mr. Ryan has focused his practice primarily on the litigation of intellectual property and business tort disputes. He has represented a wide variety of clients in matters involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition claims, licenses and franchises. Mr. Ryan is one of the attorneys who represented petitioners in the landmark Markman case at trial and before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. The case involved the constitutional right to jury trial of disputes involving the construction of patent claim terms. Mr. Ryan has tried cases in numerous federal and state courts across the country. He also has extensive experience in trying cases before administrative agencies and arbitration panels. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Mr. Ryan has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers® for several years including 2007, as selected by Law & Politics and published in Philadelphia Magazine. He holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

About Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC (, a national law firm with ten offices throughout the eastern United States, provides a full range of legal services nationwide to businesses of all sizes, institutions, municipalities, colleges and universities, government agencies and individuals. Its practice areas encompass litigation, including mass tort and products liability litigation, corporate and business law, intellectual property law, labor and employment relations, aviation law, bankruptcy and restructuring, employee benefits, environmental law, construction law, municipal finance, real estate, and tax and estate law. Eckert Seamans has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, West Chester and Southpointe, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Morgantown, West Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and White Plains, New York.

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