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Alumni of the Month Program

Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school, or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.

November 2013

Jeffrey Berkowitz

Jeffrey Berkowitz

Class of 1988
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Touro Law Center's Office of Institutional Advancement is proud to announce that Jeffrey Berkowitz ’88 has been selected as the alum of the month for November 2013. He was a member of the Touro Law Review while attending law school and is a strong supporter of the Law Center as an alumnus. He is listed as a Super Lawyer – Virginia 2013 in the area of Intellectual property. His accomplished career highlighted in the bio below.  On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Jeffrey Berkowitz '88.
Jeffrey Berkowitz, Class of 1988, partner with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP located in Reston, VA, practices litigation, client counseling, and patent prosecution involving business method and software-related inventions.  He has broad experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including pre-filing investigations, discovery, drafting and arguing claim construction, and summary judgment motions.
Mr. Berkowitz provides opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity of patents. He has drafted and overseen the drafting of hundreds of patent applications for electrical, electronics, telecommunications, and software-based technologies.
Mr. Berkowitz lectures on business method and e-commerce patents at programs sponsored by various trade and academic organizations, including the Practicing Law Institute (program chair 1998-2002), Glasser LegalWorks Seminars (program chair, 2000), Patent Resources Group (coauthored a book used in the workshop), IBC, and EuroForum.
  • Represented clients in software and business method patent cases in several federal district courts, including E.D. Texas, W.D. Pennsylvania, D. District of Columbia, and D. Delaware.
  •  Provided strategic patent counseling to a start-up company to develop and expand a patent portfolio pertaining to information distribution technology, including software updating and browsing. Also represented start-up in litigations resulting in sale of portfolio for more than $35 million.
  • Managed development of patent portfolio covering smartphone technology, including patents covering 3G and LTE standards.
  • Managed patent portfolio protecting software inventions featuring adaptive distributed systems, code mobility, leasing, network self-healing, runtime service discovery mechanisms and shared memory, and transaction management services.
  • Managed patent portfolio protecting features of set-top boxes, modems, and telecommunications services.
  • Managed patent portfolios protecting a wide range of software applications including ecommerce, search, and social networking.
  • Ex parte and inter partes reexaminations of software and business method patents.
  • Adjunct professor for patent practice, strategy and management at University of Haifa, Israel, 2010 and 2012.
  • Served as a member of the firm's management committee, 2010-2013; and served as leader of the firm's electrical and computer technology practice group, 2004-2010.
  • Serves as a regular contributor to Finnegan's AIA blog (
  • Served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Claims Court, 1988-1989, and as an intern for the Honorable David F. Jordan of U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 1987.
  • Worked as a computer programmer with IBM, where he also taught employees how to operate microcomputers and a variety of application programs designed for microcomputers, 1983-1984. 
Professional Recognition
  • Recognized as an "IP Star" in Reston, VA, by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013.
  • Received several American Jurisprudence Awards: Legal Research and Writing (2); Civil Procedure; Jurisprudence; Judicial Clerkship.
  • First Prize, Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition.
Professional Activities
  • American Bar Association American
  • Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • D.C. Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
Select Publications
  • "Practical Considerations for Working with Business Method Patents," Electronic and Software Patents, BNA, 2005.
  • "Update on Business Method Patents," Computer & Internet Litigation Journal, Dec. 2001. "The Claim Game: Amending Claims to Avaid Prosecution History Estoppel," The Patent Journal, Oct. 2001.
  • Associate editor, Computer & Internet Litigation Journal, 2000-2002.
  • Coauthor. "Reiffen v. Microsoft: The Rise and Fall of the So-Called 'Omitted Elements Test,'" IP Litigator, Sept./Oct. 2000.
  • "Protecting Business Methods in Cyberspace," The Licensing Journal, Jan. 2000.
  • Coauthor of bimonthly column, "Federal Circuit Report," The IP Litigator, 1995-2000.
  • Editorial advisory board, Obtaining Patents, by Thomas A. Turano, 1997.

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