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Clarkson University, B.S., With Distinction 

Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., Cum Laude 

George Washington University Law School, L.L.M., With Highest Honors

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
  • Optics
  • Semiconductors
  • Consumer products and appliances
  • Sensors
  • “Green” technologies
  • Heat-transfer devices
  • Visual displays
  • Conveyor belts
  • Protective clothing
  • Superconductors

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.


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017 - 2019

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.

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Professional Associations

  • 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