Eric P. Raciti
Eric Raciti focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling, particularly in the fields of alternative energy, medical devices, consumer products, and mechanical engineering. He has worked with such diverse technologies as cardiac rhythm management and cardiology, electrochemical diagnostics, biomechanics and orthopedics, neuroscience, neuroradiology, biofuels, and smart grid management. Mr. Raciti chairs Finnegan’s alternative energy practice and was a resident partner in Finnegan’s European office in Brussels for two years. Mr. Raciti also serves as editor-in-chief of Full Disclosure, Finnegan’s patent prosecution newsletter, as well as the French language version, Le Feu Vert.
Mr. Raciti works with start-up and established companies to develop comprehensive and sophisticated international patent strategies, including strategic patent procurement, portfolio development, competitive intelligence and analysis, patent office procedures, and litigation. Mr. Raciti assists clients to understand the competitive patent landscape surrounding their technologies, and helps identify opportunities to develop and leverage portfolios. He also has provided freedom-to-operate guidance to clients introducing new products to the market, as well as due diligence for acquisitions representing both buyers and targets, as well as financing rounds for earlier-stage companies.
Mr. Raciti began his career as a management consultant for a large health insurance company. While attending law school, he worked for five years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a mechanical patent examiner in a medical device art unit. Following his studies for a Masters of Law degree in European Community competition law, he served as an attorney for the commissioner of patents in the USPTO’s Office for Legislative and International Affairs. Before joining Finnegan, Mr. Raciti worked for prominent Boston general practice firms, gaining experience in agreement drafting and corporate transactions involving intellectual property, as well as patent prosecution and strategic IP counseling for major medical device companies.
- Counseled IT sector client in combatting importation of knock-off products by multiple competitors.
- Performed competitive IP landscape analysis for prominent company in alternative energy field.
- Provided comprehensive competitor review for large medical device company involving thousands of patents.
- Provided portfolio development and freedom-to-operate counseling for medical client in crowded and litigious technology field.
- Provided IP legal representation for client in acquisition negotiations with major market player.
- Selected as one of the "Top 100 Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Attorneys" by LMG Clean Technology and Renewable Energy, 2013.
- American Bar Association (vice-chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Section, 2010-present; member, Intellectual Property and International Law Sections)
- Licensing Professionals Society Benelux (2013-present)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (Committees on Patent Law and International Law, 1997-present)
- Boston Patent Law Association (co-chair, International Law Committee, 2014; co-chair, Medical Devices Committee, 2007-2011; Committee on Patent Law, 1997-present)
- The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (foreign member)
- Coauthor. "How Design Patents Strengthen a Medical Device IP Portfolio," Medical Design Technology, Nov. 13, 2013.
- Coauthor. "Inter Partes Review: Making Heads or Tails of the 'Reasonable Likelihood of Success' Standard," BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Oct. 25, 2013.
- Coauthor. "Marine Polymer's Wake: Understanding Intervening Rights and the New U.S. Patent Office Procedures," CIPA Journal, Sept. 2012.
- Coauthor. "The Not-So-Amazing Grace Period Under the AIA," CIPA Journal, Sept. 2012.
- Coauthor. "A Summer Bunfight: USPTO First Action Interview Program Plus Two New Numbers by the Supremes," CIPA Journal, Sept. 2011.
- Coauthor. "Is IP Standing in the Way of a Green Planet?" Renewable Energy World, Nov. 5, 2010.
- Coauthor. "Greentech IP Landscaping," Greentech Media, June 30, 2010.
- Coauthor. "Healthcare Reform Calls for Proactive IP Portfolios," Medical Design, Oct. 2009.
- "Patent Standards and Investment in Alterative Energy", Law360, Feb. 1, 2008.
- "A Trap for the Wary: How Compliance with FDA Medical Device Regulations Can Jeopardize Patent Rights," IDEA, 2006.