About Donald J. Curry; Intellectual Property Attorney and General Commercial Litigator
Donald J. Curry founded Curry Law Firm PLLC in 2016 and has over thirty years of experience as an intellectual property attorney and litigation lawyer. He started his legal career at the general practice firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore and then spent the majority of his career at the intellectual property law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.
Don has extensive experience in patent, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and general commercial litigation. His litigation firm also offers intellectual property, general legal counseling, and transactional services to corporations, small businesses and individuals.
Don has trial experience in federal court patent infringement and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office inter-partes review trials. He has acted as lead counsel for IBM in patent, trade secret, copyright and breach of contract litigations and has litigated on behalf of Genzyme, Bristol Myers-Squibb, American Maize Products Co., Essilor and other companies. Don has also represented clients in the music, publishing and computer industries in copyright matters and litigation.
Before becoming an attorney and starting his intellectual property law firm, Don worked in industry. He was a systems engineer with IBM and later held a management position at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., where he was responsible for the operation of several of the bank’s online telecommunications networks.
Awards and Recognition
Don was recognized as an IP Star in the 2013 – 2015 editions of Managing Intellectual Property, and as a Top New York City Intellectual Property Litigator in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 issues of Super Lawyers: New York Metro Edition. He was named a recipient of the 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article, “Will The Supreme Court Push Back Again On The Patent Pendulum?” originally published in the February 2009 issue of Intellectual Property Today. In 2012, the New York Law Journal named him as a recipient of its annual “Lawyers Who Lead By Example” awards for his pro bono service. He was also recognized by The Legal Aid Society in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for outstanding pro bono service to Legal Aid clients, and in 2012 received the Society’s Public Interest Law Leadership Award. In 2016, Don received the Partner of the Year Award for Outstanding Support to Military Veterans in recognition of his pro bono work for the New York City Bar Justice Center's Veterans Project.
J.D. cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
M. Eng., Engineering and Applied Physics, Cornell University
B.S., with distinction, Engineering Physics, Cornell University
State of New York; Second Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
American Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; New York Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Circuit Editor for the ABA Appellate Practice Journal (1990-1998); author of articles on Computer Law for the NYIPLA Intellectual Property Law Annual (1994-1999); Advisory Board Member, Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project (2010-2016)
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