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Jerry Cohen Esq.

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Employment Law
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences
Pharmaceuticals & Mass Torts
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education
Jerry Cohen, Esq. is a practicing attorney in the area of intellectual property. He is a member of the D.C., Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and various Federal Court bars and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canadian Patent Office. He provides mediation and arbitration services for JAMS and is available for domestic disputes throughout the United States and international disputes (for resolution conducted in the U.S. or abroad). Attorney Cohen was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the Intellectual Property specialty.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Practiced in intellectual property law and related areas for over 40 years as a Patent Examiner, a corporate patent attorney, and in private practice, including prosecution, licensing, and litigation
  • Fifteen years ADR experience
  • Available to resolve disputes remotely through a number of videoconferencing options

Representative Matters

  • Employment Law
      • Represented employees (full time and freelancers) and employers as an advocate
      • Arbitrated employment disputes including severance agreements
      • Mediated computer enhanced farming included issues of IP rights between the employer and former employees
  • Intellectual Property
      • Patents: prosecution, litigation/ADR, and licensing
      • Trade Secrets: counseling, litigation/ADR, and licensing
      • Copyright: publishing, music, software, architecture, art, music/film-video, virtual worlds
      • Trademark: prosecution, litigation/ADR, and licensing-franchising
      • Legal Ethics
      • International trade and distribution/licensing relationships: export controls for goods and data
      • Civil Procedure and Evidence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Vice President, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2010
  • Member, United States Patent Quarterly advisory board, 1987-present
  • Member, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 1994-1998
  • Editor-In-Chief, Massachusetts Law Review, 1991-1993; currently on the Editorial Boards of the Massachusetts Law Review and Rhode Island Bar Journal; formerly served on editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Association's Law Journal, 2004-2007
  • Author, "Trademarks and Unfair Competition, BNA Corporate Practice Series vol. 18, four editions over 15 years and supplement to 2007 4th edition (2009)
  • Board of Trustees Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2007-2010 (currently Vice President and Member, Executive Committee)
  • Lecturer, International Institute for Intellectual Property ADR Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, South Korea (April 2014)
  • Authored and presented articles and other presentations on patents, copyright, trademarks, unfair competition, licensing/franchising, visual arts, software, databases, and publication law and regarding legal ethics and the administration of Justice. Recent publications and seminars include:
    • Suffolk University advanced legal studies seminar paper: Federal Issues in Trade Secrets Law, 2003, Rhode Island Bar Journal paper on Basics of Intellectual Property Law, 2003
    • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) - Representing High Tech Start-Ups, 2000; The Information Superhighway, 1994; Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Law, 1991 and 1987; Trade Secrets in Employment Seminar participant, 1993; and editor/organizer of MCLE's book on IP practice (2004) and second edition (2010)
    • Book (with Allen S. Gutterman, Esq.): Trade Secrets Protection and Exploitation, BNA Books, 1998
    • Article on EBay decision (with Howard Susser) in Boston Bar Journal, Nov./Dec. 2006 issue
    • Chapter on Ethics in IP in four editions of MCLE Ethics Book (latest, 2009) over ten-year period
    • Presenter at American Conference Institute IP Seminars in Boston, 1996 and 2008
    • Arbitration/Mediation of IP Disputes, Suffolk University Law School Advanced Studies Program, 1996
    • "Ethical Issues in Intellectual Property," a chapter of the first, second, and third editions of the MCLE book, "Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts" (Bolan et al. Ed.), 1992, 2002, 2005 and 2009 supplement
    • Editor Team and article contribution to Benjamin Kaplan, An Unhurried View of Copyright (1966); Republished with contributions from Friends (2006)
    • Lectures with U.S. judge/lawyer panels to Russian judiciary in Moscow regarding IP and ADR under U.S. State Dept. auspices, 2004 and 2005
    • Article (in press) "Secrets of Government Enterprises and People Affecting Access to Justice" (Mass. Law Review)
  • Serves as an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, teaching Trade Secrets and Global Technology Transfer and an Advanced Copyright seminar; and as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I., teaching intellectual property and patent law courses
  • Member, ABA (IPL, Antitrust, Business, Litigation, Science-Technology, International Sections and Franchise Forum), AIPLA, MBA, BBA, LES, FICPI, BPLA
  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, First Circuit, Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. and Canadian patent and trademark offices
  • Member, Board of Directors, ACLU/Massachusetts and representing Guantanamo detainees with coordination of Center for Constitutional Rights, New York

Background and Education

  • Currently, Partner, Burns & Levinson, LLP - Boston and Providence
  • U.S. Patent Examiner, 1957-1962/ Patent Counsel, National Research Corporation/Norton Company, 1962-1971
  • JAMS Mediation Training, 1998; Arbitration Training, 2000; and Advanced ADR Training, 2003-2009
  • JAMS and American Arbitration Association Training Programs: 1999, 2001-2008
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Mediation Training (two day program), 2006
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Mediation of Intellectual Property Dispute Training, 1996
  • J.D., with distinction, George Washington University, 1962
  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1957


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