Howard J. Susser

Chair, IP Litigation

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3738

“From top to bottom, on our litigation teams, we roll up our sleeves and work the legal and technical intellectual property issues in partnership with our clients, to achieve the best business results for them.” 

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

J.D., George Washington University

B.S., with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University

Howard Susser is a Partner and Chair of IP Litigation in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He is also a member of the Firm’s Business Litigation, International, Life Sciences and Science & Technology Groups. He has extensive experience in litigation involving patent, trademark, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright, licensing, trade secret, employment and antitrust laws.

For nearly three decades, Mr. Susser has litigated intellectual property cases in the nation’s courts concerning diverse high tech and life sciences industries. A member of the Patent Bar with an engineering background, Mr. Susser advises clients at the intersection of science, technology, and law. Mr. Susser has represented clients in computer hardware and software, telecommunications, electronics, Internet, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical device, chemicals, and numerous other high and low technology industries as to intellectual property and related matters.

Mr. Susser has conducted numerous commercial arbitration and mediation proceedings involving intellectual property. If litigation cannot be avoided through alternative dispute resolution techniques or negotiation, Mr. Susser brings a hands-on, detail-oriented style to the table, and develops close client relationships to understand and efficiently achieve a client’s business objectives.

Mr. Susser regularly counsels clients in complex business transactions involving intellectual property assets, including drafting and negotiating research and development, sales and license agreements, and supporting M&A, funding rounds and other due diligence.

Mr. Susser also counsels clients regarding patent prosecution, and has conducted U.S. Patent & Trademark Office proceedings, including patent reexaminations and interferences as well as trademark oppositions and cancellations.

Experience

Experience

  • Lead counsel in trade secret, copyright and unfair competition suit regarding industrial computer software.
  • Lead counsel in patent infringement litigation involving database management systems and web-based spreadsheet services.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement suit on cell phone communication protocols.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement suit on cable television communication protocols.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement suit on 3-D scanning metrology devices.
  • Counsel for defendant in products liability suit on oscillators for low-noise block downconverters.
  • Counsel for defendant weapons accessories manufacturer in contract and trade secret suit.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement suit on plastic injection molding container manufacturing.
  • Lead counsel for large, international fuel additives defendant in false advertising suit on petroleum dyes.
  • Counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement suit on crystalline forms of pharmaceuticals and processes.

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Intellectual Property Litigation Sub-Committee - Vice-chair
  • Business Law Section - Vice-chair
  • Business and Litigation Committee - Vice-chair

Boston Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Susser has been invited to speak at events by various institutions, including the West LegalEdcenter and the Institute for Economic Development.

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Articles

Mr. Susser has written articles for publications like the WPI Venture Forum newsletter Vantage and the Boston Bar Journal.

Quotes

Mr. Susser has been quoted several times in Pharmawire.

Resources
Howard J. Susser
Practices
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Patent
  • International
  • IP Litigation
  • IP Transactions
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Education

J.D., George Washington University

B.S., with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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