The Innovation Firm

Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D.

Practice Areas

Technologies

Education

  • Duke University, B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, 1994 - Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship
  • Harvard University, A.M. in Chemistry, 1997 - National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Biophysics, 2002
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2005 - Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal of Law and Technology

Professional Associations

  • Boston Patent Law Association - Co-chair of the Antitrust Committee
  • Boston Bar Association - Co-chair of the Life Sciences Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Smaller Business Association of New England - New England Innovation Awards Mentor

Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D.

Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. Attorney

Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D.

Principal
Boston office
617.607.5907

Larry is an experienced litigator and patent prosecutor, and a former law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In 2017 Larry was named to Super Lawyers, which is a rating of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  From 2012 - 2016, Larry was named a Massachusetts Rising Star in IP Litigation by Super Lawyers.  Larry has represented a wide range of companies in cases asserting up to over a dozen patents, often with the counter-assertion of multiple patents by the defendant.

In addition to litigating before the district courts and Federal Circuit, Larry handles contested matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post-grant proceedings such as Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and trademark oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  In addition, Larry maintains an active patent prosecution docket that includes representing clients in ex parte reexaminations. 

Larry has a multidisciplinary scientific background and training.  He handles cases across a diverse range of technologies, including materials science, pharmaceuticals (ANDA litigation), telecommunications, polymers, medical and biopharmaceutical devices, biotechnology, antibodies, electronics, computer hardware/software, and mechanical devices.  For his doctoral work in biophysics, Larry focused on interdisciplinary methods spanning the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, molecular modeling, and chemical kinetics.  For his master’s degree in chemistry, Larry focused on methods of inorganic synthesis of highly reactive transition metal compounds.

Drawing on his experience in both litigation and prosecution, Larry devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling clients on infringement, validity, enforcement, freedom to operate, licensing, and due diligence matters. Larry has particular interests in counseling clients on IP issues in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and in the emerging digital health space.

Prior to joining the firm, Larry worked as a Senior Associate at a Boston law firm where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation groups.  

Other Publications

  • The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, 55 Am. U. L. Rev. 821 (2006).  Co-authored with The Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  [This article was named one of 2006’s best intellectual property articles by Intellectual Property Law Review (Thomson West), and reprinted therein in 2007.]
  • Understanding and Addressing the Unfair Dilemma Created by the Doctrine of Willful Patent Infringement, 41 Houston L. Rev. 393 (2004).  Co-authored with William F. Lee.
    [This article was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re EchoStar, 448 F.3d 1294 (Fed. Cir. 2006).]

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Represented a Massachusetts corporation as the plaintiff in contract, tort, misrepresentation and 93A actions against several corporations and their officers, arising from a failed, decade-long environmental remediation effort.
  • Defended a condominium unit owner against an action by the unit owners’ association to enforce its regulations extra-territorially.
  • Successfully settled claims against a major pharmaceutical company stemming from a failed business collaboration.
  • Advised a major Massachusetts energy supplier about its legal options and strategy for pursuing administrative, statutory, and Constitutional takings claims against the Commonwealth.
    • Advised a major electronic goods manufacturer on enforcement and pre-litigation strategy relating to its multi-billion dollar patent portfolio.
    • Defended a major communications company against a patent infringement action brought by a nonpracticing entity. Also defended the same communications company in a separate infringement action brought by a different nonpracticing entity on different patents.
    • Defended a major internet services company in a suit brought by a nonpracticing entity, favorably settling before trial.
    • Represented clients in four separate appeals to the Federal Circuit, relating to such diverse technologies as contact lens chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, automobile user interfaces, and banking systems.
    • Advised a major pharmaceutical company on how to minimize risk in its collaboration with an outside manufacturer.
    • Counseled a major research hospital on a strategy for minimizing potential risks involved in licensing a portfolio of novel drugs.
    • Advised an international consumer goods manufacturer on the protection of its internationally recognized trademark in the U.S. marketplace.
    • Represented two major companies in patent litigation relating to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
    • Defended a large telecommunications company at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) Proceeding.
    • Represented a medical device manufacturer in both offensive and defensive patent litigations against a major rival.
    • Represented a major hospital in ANDA litigation relating to its novel anticancer drug, successfully settling before trial.
    • Successfully represented a major integrated circuit manufacturer in patent litigation against its chief rival.

Press Releases

  • Firm Elects Eric M. Balicky, Ph.D. and Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. as Principals more
  • Numerous Firm Attorneys Appointed to Boston Patent Law Association Openings more
  • Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. Joins Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds as an Associate more
Biography

Larry is an experienced litigator and patent prosecutor, and a former law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In 2017 Larry was named to Super Lawyers, which is a rating of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  From 2012 - 2016, Larry was named a Massachusetts Rising Star in IP Litigation by Super Lawyers.  Larry has represented a wide range of companies in cases asserting up to over a dozen patents, often with the counter-assertion of multiple patents by the defendant.

In addition to litigating before the district courts and Federal Circuit, Larry handles contested matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post-grant proceedings such as Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and trademark oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  In addition, Larry maintains an active patent prosecution docket that includes representing clients in ex parte reexaminations. 

Larry has a multidisciplinary scientific background and training.  He handles cases across a diverse range of technologies, including materials science, pharmaceuticals (ANDA litigation), telecommunications, polymers, medical and biopharmaceutical devices, biotechnology, antibodies, electronics, computer hardware/software, and mechanical devices.  For his doctoral work in biophysics, Larry focused on interdisciplinary methods spanning the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, molecular modeling, and chemical kinetics.  For his master’s degree in chemistry, Larry focused on methods of inorganic synthesis of highly reactive transition metal compounds.

Drawing on his experience in both litigation and prosecution, Larry devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling clients on infringement, validity, enforcement, freedom to operate, licensing, and due diligence matters. Larry has particular interests in counseling clients on IP issues in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and in the emerging digital health space.

Prior to joining the firm, Larry worked as a Senior Associate at a Boston law firm where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation groups.  

Other Publications

  • The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, 55 Am. U. L. Rev. 821 (2006).  Co-authored with The Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  [This article was named one of 2006’s best intellectual property articles by Intellectual Property Law Review (Thomson West), and reprinted therein in 2007.]
  • Understanding and Addressing the Unfair Dilemma Created by the Doctrine of Willful Patent Infringement, 41 Houston L. Rev. 393 (2004).  Co-authored with William F. Lee.
    [This article was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re EchoStar, 448 F.3d 1294 (Fed. Cir. 2006).]
Representative Experience
  • Represented a Massachusetts corporation as the plaintiff in contract, tort, misrepresentation and 93A actions against several corporations and their officers, arising from a failed, decade-long environmental remediation effort.
  • Defended a condominium unit owner against an action by the unit owners’ association to enforce its regulations extra-territorially.
  • Successfully settled claims against a major pharmaceutical company stemming from a failed business collaboration.
  • Advised a major Massachusetts energy supplier about its legal options and strategy for pursuing administrative, statutory, and Constitutional takings claims against the Commonwealth.
    • Advised a major electronic goods manufacturer on enforcement and pre-litigation strategy relating to its multi-billion dollar patent portfolio.
    • Defended a major communications company against a patent infringement action brought by a nonpracticing entity. Also defended the same communications company in a separate infringement action brought by a different nonpracticing entity on different patents.
    • Defended a major internet services company in a suit brought by a nonpracticing entity, favorably settling before trial.
    • Represented clients in four separate appeals to the Federal Circuit, relating to such diverse technologies as contact lens chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, automobile user interfaces, and banking systems.
    • Advised a major pharmaceutical company on how to minimize risk in its collaboration with an outside manufacturer.
    • Counseled a major research hospital on a strategy for minimizing potential risks involved in licensing a portfolio of novel drugs.
    • Advised an international consumer goods manufacturer on the protection of its internationally recognized trademark in the U.S. marketplace.
    • Represented two major companies in patent litigation relating to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
    • Defended a large telecommunications company at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) Proceeding.
    • Represented a medical device manufacturer in both offensive and defensive patent litigations against a major rival.
    • Represented a major hospital in ANDA litigation relating to its novel anticancer drug, successfully settling before trial.
    • Successfully represented a major integrated circuit manufacturer in patent litigation against its chief rival.
Education
  • Duke University, B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, 1994 - Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship
  • Harvard University, A.M. in Chemistry, 1997 - National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Biophysics, 2002
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2005 - Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal of Law and Technology
Speaking Engagements
Professional Associations
  • Boston Patent Law Association - Co-chair of the Antitrust Committee
  • Boston Bar Association - Co-chair of the Life Sciences Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Smaller Business Association of New England - New England Innovation Awards Mentor
News
  • Firm Elects Eric M. Balicky, Ph.D. and Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. as Principals more
  • Numerous Firm Attorneys Appointed to Boston Patent Law Association Openings more
  • Lawrence P. Cogswell III, Ph.D. Joins Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds as an Associate more
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

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