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Joseph W. Berenato, III, Attorney
Joseph W. Berenato, III has been with the firm and its predecessors since 1991. Mr. Berenato has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, infringement and validity analysis and opinion writing. Mr. Berenato has also successfully represented parties in investigations conducted by the International Trade Commission. Since 1993, Mr. Berenato has been appointed as a Rule 53(a) Special Master to oversee pre-trial discovery, establish trial schedules, conduct Markman claim construction hearings, and conduct trials.
Jacobs Vehicle Equipment Co. v. Pacific Diesel Brake First chair for 3 week patent trial before United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Capital City Bank Group, Inc. v. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, Case No. 5:03-cv-256(HL), United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Achieved favorable settlement in a trademark infringement suit for the plaintiff.
Certain Weather Stations and Components Thereof, Investigation No. 337-TA-537. Obtained dismissal of patent-based investigation on behalf of domestic distributor of weather station products.
Top Producer Systems, Inc. v. Software Sciences Ltd. Case No. 97-415-MA. Achieved preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement suit that resulted in favorable settlement for the plaintiff. 43 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1312 (D. Or. 1997)
Lambton Mfg. Co. v. Young, Case No. 92-0065-O(CS). Obtained preliminary injunction and summary judgment of willfulness for patent owner. 833 F. Supp. 610 (W.D. Ky. 1993)
Great Lakes Press Corp. v. Froom, Case No. CIV-86-233T. Obtained summary judgment in action to obtain title to patent. 695 F. Supp. 1440 (W.D. Ny. 1987)
Special Master Cases
Eastman Kodak Co. v. Agfa-Gevaert N.V., et al, Case No. 02-cv-6564 T-F. Special Master- United Stated District Court for the Western District of New York. Rule 53(a) Special Master to oversee pre-trial discovery, conduct Markman claim construction hearing, and try the case. (Decison affirmed)
Eastman Kodak Co. v. Sony Corp., et al, Case No. 04-cv-6095(T)(F) and Sony Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., Case no. 04-cv-6547(T)(F). Special Master- United Stated District Court for the Western District of New York. Rule 53(a) Special Master to oversee pre-trial discovery, establish trial schedule, and conduct Markman claim construction hearing. (2006)
Hewlett Packard Company v. Xerox Corporation, Case No. 98-CV-6217. Special Master- United Stated District Court for the Western District of New York. Rule 53(a) Special Master to oversee pre-trial discovery. (1998)
Excel, Inc. v. Redcom, 6:93-cv-06078-MAT. Special Master- United Stated District Court for the Western District of New York. Rule 53(a) Special Master to oversee pre-trial discovery. (1993)
Joseph W. Berenato, III was born in Darby, Pennsylvania, on March 29, 1953, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and before various Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for The Federal Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Virginia Supreme Court. Mr. Berenato is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975 from Lehigh University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore in 1982. Mr. Berenato is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He is also a member of various other bar associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Berenato has served as a court appointed Special Master in patent litigation.
Mr. Berenato has authored articles that have appeared in several publications, including Trial Magazine and the Japanese Intellectual Property Journal.