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Jerry Cohen


Office Phone: 617.345.3276
Location: Boston, MA
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Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia
Rhode Island
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, D.C. and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Canadian Patent Office


Prior to joining Burns & Levinson LLP in January 2006, Mr. Cohen was a partner with the firm Perkins Smith & Cohen LLP.

He has more than 40 years experience as a lawyer dealing with patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, licensing/franchising, visual arts, software, databases and publication law, formation and operation of business enterprises and not-for-profit organizations, international trade, litigation/ADR, and legal ethics. He handles acquisition, licensing and litigation of intellectual property rights. He has also served as an expert witness, arbitrator and mediator in intellectual property matters.


Additional Information:




  • 11/14/2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Proposed new copyright panel raises questions
    Jerry Cohen was quoted in this article by David E. Frank.
  • 8/29/2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - In ‘Kung Fu Panda’ suit, a surprise ending
    Jerry Cohen was quoted in this article by David E. Frank.
  • 3/1/2012, The Boston Globe - In hacker trial, issues of theft and free access
    Jerry Cohen was quoted in this article by Milton J. Valencia.
  • 7/20/2011, The Boston Globe - Activist charged with hacking
    Jerry Cohen was quoted in this article by Milton J. Valencia.

Recent Articles and Publications:

Review of J.F. Witt's "The Lincoln Code"
Massachusetts Law Review Vol. 95 Num.4, April 29, 2014

Introduction to Trademark Law
Intellectual Property Practice, MCLE, October 2011
Editor: Jerry Cohen. Burns & Levinson contributing authors: Sara Beccia, Renee Inomata, Deborah Peckham and Mark Schonfeld.

Trademarks and related unfair competition law (no. 18-5th)
May 2011
Jerry Cohen wrote the 5th edition of this book, published by the Bureau of National Affairs.

A patent lawyer at Guantanamo Bay
PATNEWS Newsletter, August 8, 2010
Jerry Cohen's article was featured in the section titled, "Patent examiners versus Guantanamo Bay military lawyers" in PATNEWS.

Speaking Engagements:

Center For Competitive Management Webinar, 9.16.2015
Role: Speaker
Topic: Inside Counsel’s Guide to Trade Secret Protection Now and In the Future

Massachusetts Bar Foundation Annual Meeting 2015, 3.3.2015
Location: John Adams Courthouse, Boston MA
Role: Keynote Speaker
Topic: Great Friend of Justice Award

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Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA), 10.27.2014
Location: Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol RI
Role: Speaker
Topic: Intellectual Property Law

Chilean Entrepreneurial Summit, 10.6.2014
Location: Burns & Levinson LLP, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Overview of Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets