Adam J. Forman

Partner

Philadelphia
T +1.215.564.1456
F +1.215.568.3439

Overview

Adam Forman focuses on intellectual property in the mechanical and electrical arts, including medical devices, electrical connectors and industrial equipment. Adam's practice includes all aspects of foreign and domestic patent prosecution, and opinions related to patentability, freedom to operate and competitive intellectual property positions. Adam practices with the recognition that intellectual property law is more than the mere procurement and enforcement of legal rights – it is an essential tool in achieving a client's business objectives. Thus, he works first to understand the client's business needs and the competitive landscape, and then applies forward thinking and creativity as needed to achieve the client's objectives.

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  • Works closely with in-house counsel to successfully devise and implement global intellectual property protection strategies in crowded technologies. This often entails ensuring that the client's product is adequately protected and can also entail focusing intellectual property protection toward a competitive product. At other times, it entails focusing intellectual property protection on industry trends to cement a client's market share in an emerging technology.
  • Works closely with R&D personnel in designing products that avoid competitive intellectual property positions, and successfully obtains patent protection that strengthens the client's position in the competitive landscape.
  • Manages a patent portfolio of a Fortune 50 medical device company and leads a team of BakerHostetler attorneys to provide foreign and domestic patent procurement services and opinions related to patentability, freedom to operate and competitive intellectual property positions.
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Experience

  • Works closely with in-house counsel to successfully devise and implement global intellectual property protection strategies in crowded technologies. This often entails ensuring that the client's product is adequately protected and can also entail focusing intellectual property protection toward a competitive product. At other times, it entails focusing intellectual property protection on industry trends to cement a client's market share in an emerging technology.
  • Works closely with R&D personnel in designing products that avoid competitive intellectual property positions, and successfully obtains patent protection that strengthens the client's position in the competitive landscape.
  • Manages a patent portfolio of a Fortune 50 medical device company and leads a team of BakerHostetler attorneys to provide foreign and domestic patent procurement services and opinions related to patentability, freedom to operate and competitive intellectual property positions.
  • Manages the patent portfolio of a privately owned electrical connector company, and leads a team of BakerHostetler attorneys to provide foreign and domestic patent procurement services and opinions related to patentability, freedom to operate and competitive intellectual property positions.
  • Works as intellectual property counsel for a large corporation to devise and implement global intellectual property strategies in technologies related to international air product recovery, pollution control, fluid handling, and filtration and purification technologies.
  • Represented an automation control company in the Eastern District of Wisconsin against a competitor accused of infringing numerous patents related to remote I/O technology.
  • Defended an international electrical connector company in the United States International Trade Commission, accused of infringing patents related to optical transceivers.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Appealed the conviction of a client found guilty of violating 18 U.S.C. § 894 (Collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means) in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Prior Positions

  • Consumer Goods Technologies Fortune 50 Company: Patent Counsel
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association: President (2004 to 2005)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 46,707
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio [Inactive]
  • Illinois [Inactive]
  • Wisconsin [Inactive]

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, 1999, magna cum laude
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996

Blog

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New York Brings Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Message Case
By Adam J. Forman, Eulonda G. Skyles
July 30, 2020
Ever since the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) instituted its first-in-the-nation Cybersecurity Regulation[1] in 2017 (covered in our post here), banks, insurance companies, and others in the financial services...
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