SOURCE: Fish & Richardson

March 24, 2011 15:06 ET

Fish & Richardson Principal Frank P. Porcelli Awarded Distinguished Service Medal From Linn Inn Alliance

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Fish & Richardson announced today that Frank P. Porcelli, a principal and chair of the firm's Appellate Group, will be awarded a Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance in recognition of outstanding leadership in bringing the American Inns of Court experience to the Intellectual Property (IP) community. Mr. Porcelli will be honored at a New York City reception on March 25, 2011.

The Linn Inn Alliance, which was founded by Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is a rapidly growing group of special IP law American Inns of Court (AIC) in major cities throughout the U.S. AIC was created to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. 

Mr. Porcelli is one of six American Inns of Court members -- along with Federal Circuit judges Timothy B. Dyk and Paul R. Michel (retired) -- to receive this first-ever award. He is being recognized for his unparalleled support and involvement with five of the 13 Inns of the Linn Alliance including the Boston IP American Inn of Court, the William C. Conner American Inn of Court in New York City, the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court in Philadelphia, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., and the IP & Innovation American Inn of Court in northern New York. 

In 2009, Mr. Porcelli was commended as an "Enduring Leader" for his long-term leadership and commitment to the mission of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. 

At Fish, Mr. Porcelli's practice emphasizes patent and trade secret appellate work, particularly in the fields of pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemistry, and medical devices. He has successfully argued some of the most important patent cases before the Federal Circuit, including the en banc case on infringement under the doctrine of equivalents in Johnson & Johnston v. R.E. Service (2002), as well as a landmark case on the right to trial by jury in trade secret cases in the Supreme Court of Connecticut. 

Mr. Porcelli has taught Patent Law at Harvard Law School as a Visiting Professor from Practice. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, his M.S. in chemistry from Northeastern University in 1981, and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1968. 

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm with more than 350 attorneys and technology specialists practicing intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Fish does cutting-edge legal work for innovative clients who value their intellectual property. For over 130 years, Fish has been serving great innovators, helping protect countless ideas, nurturing discoveries, and facilitating the entry of new concepts to market. The firm has been ranked the number one patent litigation firm in the country for seven straight years (Corporate Counsel, 2003-2010); a top IP firm for America's biggest companies (Corporate Counsel, September 2010); and an elite Tier 1 IP litigation, patent prosecution, ITC, and Life Sciences firm (Managing Intellectual Property, February 2011). Fish was honored as an IP Firm of the Year (Law360, January 2010), named a finalist for top IP Litigation Department of the Year (American Lawyer, January 2010), and was named the number one firm in the U.S. for PCT filings (Managing Intellectual Property, October 2010). The firm also handled two of the top ten most important IP cases of 2009 (Managing Intellectual Property, January 2010). For more information, visit

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