Mr. Zito is a registered patent attorney with over thirty years of Intellectual property experience. Mr. Zito has participated as lead counsel in numerous bench trials and hearings, over a dozen jury trials and seven ITC Investigations. His experience includes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation before Federal District Courts (Maryland; the District of Columbia; New York; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Indiana; Delaware; Wisconsin; Texas; California; North Carolina; Illinois; Michigan; Florida; Ohio; Nebraska; Louisiana; and Alabama.) He has over 40 reported decisions, including several precedential decisions from the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. His practice includes Federal District and Appellate Courts; The United States Supreme Court and The International Trade Commission.
His practice also includes corporate counseling, opinions, due diligence studies; licensing; trademark and patent prosecution; representation in matters before The USPTO, PTAB, ITC and other governmental agencies. His technical areas of experience include: pharmaceuticals, software, semiconductor structure, computers, telecommunications, VOIP, electronic circuit design, electro-mechanical, mechanical, Chemical and optical devices.
Education: Tulane Law - JD 1985
North Carolina State University - BS 1982 Economics/Physics
Maryland State Bar - 1986
The District of Columbia Bar -1986
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
United States Supreme Court - 2009
USDC - Maryland - District of Columbia - ND Florida - SD, ND, ED Texas - SD Indiana - Nebraska - Alabama - WD New York - WD Wisconsin
US Court of Federal Claims
Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
Court of Appeals - 4th Cir.
Court of Appeals - 7th Cir.
Ms. Sanchez has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as in-house counsel for Sanofi Multinational Group in Barcelona, Spain, and in private practice. She has been extensively involved in pharmaceutical transactions and corporate law, in national and international negotiations and licensing agreements for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products.
She has practiced with the Cremades Law Office in Paris, France and with Faus & Moliner Lawyers (Barcelona, Spain). Working as an attorney in Pharmaceutical, Commercial, Corporate Law and Contracts and specializing in international license agreements, Corporate Law and pharmaceutical licensing.
Ms. Sanchez heads the firm's Trademark practice, guiding the accusation and enforcement of Trademarks and Copyrights
Ms. Sanchez also has eight years of US litigation experience in Intellectual Property Litigation assisting in all stages of litigation from prefiling investigation through appeals, including, preparation of discovery documents (interrogatory and document requests, deposition notices and subpoenas), document review, pleadings, legal research, drafting of contracts and settlements documents, depositions, document production, witness preparation and assisting attorneys in hearings and trials.
−1989-1994: Law Degree. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellatera. Barcelona (Spain).
− 1994-1995: Masters Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law and Contracts. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (IDEC). Barcelona (Spain).
Licensed attorney in Spain.
Tennessee State Bar
English, Spanish, Catalan, and French.
Mr. Grandinetti is a registered patent attorney with over thirty years of IP experience. He specializes in complex patent and trademark litigation and is also involved in national and international patent and trademark prosecution. He has served as lead counsel regularly before Federal District Courts throughout the country.
Mr. Grandinetti has handled patent infringement cases involving medical devices, chemical compounds, pharmaceuticals, laboratory equipment, injection molding and polymer processing operations, food processing equipment, and electronic devices. He has participated in more than 30 anti-counterfeiting cases and 70 trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings.
Capital University, J.D., 1983
US Patent and Trademark Office
Ohio State Bar
The District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Mr. Grandinetti is also a licensed pharmacist in Ohio.
Mr. Castellano is a registered patent attorney experienced in intellectual property litigation, patent drafting, preparation and prosecution, opinions, counseling, and licensing. He has participated in numerous litigations and trials in federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, both in private practice and with the ITC in the Office of Unfair Imports Investigations. Mr. Castellano is experienced in post-grant proceedings with the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including reissues, reexaminations, and post-grant and inter partes reviews, trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings. Mr. Castellano is highly experienced in cost-effectively building valuable U.S. patent portfolios for clients in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He has represented large multi-national corporations, government agencies, universities, growing companies, and emerging start-ups in all phases of utility and design patent application portfolio development and management. TECHNICAL EXPERTISE