Areas of Practice
- New York
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
B.S., interdisciplinary engineering and management, with distinction, Clarkson University
J.D., cum laude, Franklin Pierce Law Center
LL.M., with highest honors, George Washington University Law School
Charlie’s practice covers all aspects of patent, trademark, and design law, with a particular focus on U.S. and international patent prosecution and enforcement, transactional intellectual property diligence and licensing, patent validity and infringement opinions, and competitive analysis.
Charlie represents a variety of domestic and international clients in the mechanical, electromechanical, and electrical arts. He has particular experience in the following fields:
- Medical devices
- Consumer products and appliances
- “Green” technologies
- Heat-transfer devices
- Visual displays
- Conveyor belts
- Protective clothing
Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Charlie worked in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Before attending law school, he worked as an engineer in IBM’s 300mm semiconductor fabrication facility and an engineering and environmental consulting firm.
At Franklin Pierce Law Center, Charlie competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich Competition, coached the Franklin Pierce Moot Court patent team, and was a member of the Franklin Pierce Moot Court Board.
Charlie has prevailed in numerous appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; drafted patentability, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions; conducted studies of competitor’s patents and provided design-around advice; and is routinely involved in due diligence investigations for acquisitions and divestitures of IP portfolios.
- The Street, January 7, 2016
- Press Release, December 30, 2014
- Lawyers Weigh in on High Court's Induced Infringement RulingLaw360, June 2, 2014
- August 3, 2011
- Hague to Break It to You: International Design Applications Are Not a Silver Bullet for Multijurisdictional ProtectionIntellectual Property & Technology Alert, May 13, 2015
- Intellectual Property & Technology Alert, August 26, 2011
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Bar Association of Erie County
Community & Pro Bono
- Secretary, Friends of Reinstein Woods board of directors
- Pro bono attorney, Buffalo Housing Court Attorney-of-the-Morning Program