Douglas Sharrott

Partner
Sharrot Douglas
Doug Sharrott has been a trial attorney in more than 60 cases, primarily before the federal courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  He has also written and prosecuted numerous patent applications, provided scores of legal opinions, served as an arbitrator, and conducted IP due diligence for several multi-billion-dollar transactions.  

Before joining Venable in 2018, Doug was an attorney for 24 years at the IP boutique firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where he chaired the firm's Telecommunications and Networks, Medical Devices and Nanotechnology Industry Practice Groups.  Doug is a 1994 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, magna cum laude, and holds an M.S. and B.E. in electrical engineering.  He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, and before the USPTO and several federal courts.

Before starting his law practice, Doug was an electronic systems engineer at Grumman, Hazeltine, and Fairchild-Weston Corporations, where he developed hardware, software, and algorithms for various defense-related communication, navigation, identification, and tracking systems.

 

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Representing Gibbs & Cox in trade secret dispute involving boat hulls. FastShip v. Lockheed Martin and Gibbs & Cox (D.N.J.) 
  • Represented Geotab in patent infringement dispute involving vehicle tracking systems.  Perdiem v. Geotab (E.D. Tx.)
  • Represented PVH in patent infringement dispute involving step counters. SportBrain v. PVH (N.D. Ill.)
  • Represented Connery (HP) in patent interference involving computer network bypass protocols. Connery (HP) v. Boucher (Alacritech) (USPTO)
  • Represented PVH in patent infringement dispute involving a laser process for fading denim.  Icon Laser v. PVH (N.D. Tx.) 
  • Represented Powerwave in patent infringement dispute involving remote electrical tilt antennas. Powerwave v. Jaybeam (D. Del.)
  • Represented Johnson Outdoors in patent infringement disputes involving side scan sonars. Johnson Outdoors v. Navico (M.D. Ala.) and Johnson Outdoors v. Garmin (ITC and M.D. Ala.)
  • Represented IBM in patent infringement dispute involving business software. Fair Isaac v. IBM (D. Minn.)
  • Represented Johnson Outdoors in patent infringement dispute involving sit-on-top kayaks. Glenwa v. Johnson Outdoors (C.D. Cal.)
  • Represented CPi in patent infringement dispute involving an automated reminder system.  Whitserve v. CPi (D. Conn.)
  • Represented Old Town Canoe in IP disputes involving roto-molded plastic canoes. Old Town Canoe v. Confluence (D. Or. and M.D.N.C)
  • Represented Drehmel (IBM) in two patent interferences regarding computer memory systems. Drehmel (IBM) v. Perego (Rambus) (USPTO and N.D. Cal.)
  • Represented Heid (Microm Int'l) in patent interference regarding a specimen transport system. Stiller v. Heid (Microm Int’l) (USPTO)
  • Represented Althaus (Schick) in patent interference regarding razors. Oldroyd (Gilette) v. Althaus (Schick) (USPTO)
  • Represented Allgon in patent infringement dispute involving mobile telephone base station antennas. Allgon v. EMS Technologies (N.D. Ga.)
  • Represented Novartis in patent infringement dispute involving cyclosporin as a hydrosol. Novartis v. Eon (D. Del.)
  • Represented Novartis in patent infringement dispute involving bone-resorption inhibitor. Novartis v. Ben Venue (D.N.J)
  • Represented Hanyu (Canon) in patent interference regarding chiral smectic liquid crystal displays. Shinomiya (Sharp) v. Hanyu (Canon) (USPTO)
  • Rerpresented Katayama (Canon) in patent interference regarding half-tone imaging systems.  Levien v. Katayama (Canon) (USPTO)
  • Represented BD in patent infringement dispute involving insulin pen needles.  Novo Nordisk v. BD (S.D.N.Y)
  • Represented Canon in patent infringement dispute involving solar panel technology. Canon v. Solarex (E.D. Va.)
 

Representative Clients

  • Becton Dickinson
  • Cambridge Nanotherm
  • Canon
  • Emigrant Savings Bank
  • Fanatics
  • IBM
  • Johnson Outdoors
  • MPEG LA
  • PVH
  • The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation
 

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. magna cum laude Brooklyn Law School 1994
  • M.S.E.E. Polytechnic University 1987
  • B.E.E. Cooper Union 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association 
  • Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association 
 

Recognition
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  • Doug is regarded to be a "real expert in the field of electronics and mechanics, and a brilliant patent attorney" (Legal 500, 2009)
  • Recognized in Legal 500, Patent Litigation: Full Coverage, 2008 - 2010, 2015; Patent Prosecution: Utility And Design, 2008 - 2010
  • Listed in the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers Influencing Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology Law & Business, 2008
 

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Provided pro bono representation on various patent and trademark matters

Volunteerism

  • President's Advisory Counsel of Brooklyn Law School
  • Nanotechnology Law and Review Advisory Board
  • Cooper Union Alumni Association, Constitution Committee
 

Personal Activities

  • Golf, chess