Nicholas J. DuBois is a patent attorney and litigator with an extensive, large-firm background in complex litigation and appeals in the federal and state courts of several jurisdictions. His matters have included intellectual property rights and infringement; secured lending (replevin of fixtures and chattels); bankruptcy relief and adversary proceedings (opposing discharges in bankruptcy), commercial and residential real property transactions and conveyances, commercial property and retail leasing disputes, foreclosure defense, workouts and subprime mortgage challenges; licensing; agency law (powers of attorney), enforcement and revocation; surety and insurance coverage disputes; malpractice and discrimination, plus transactional (contract) matters. He is noted for his cogent briefing and argument style. Mr. DuBois is also experienced in patent prosecution, licensing, trademark and related IP issues in such fields as software, medical devices and so-called ‘cosmeceuticals’ (cosmetics with biological components or absorbed through the skin).
Mr. DuBois participated in one of the longest civil jury trials in N.J. state-court history, a 7-month litigation involving computer fraud, reported by Wall St. Journal and CNN, that addressed novel issues concerning software product liability and triangular mergers between corporations with diverse domiciles. He was a contributing expert to the pioneering, mass-market guide: 101 Things You Need to Know about Internet Law (Random House 2000) by Jonathan Bick, a noted commentator and law professor. Mr. DuBois also volunteers at a rural women’s center, and was involved in a decision of first impression noted in the Congressional Record involving the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act for a noncustodial, military mother of nine while serving in Iraq. Mr. DuBois is the program chair of the Worrall F. Mountain chapter of the American Inns of Court Foundation, putting together monthly presentations from experts in various fields for masters and senior lawyers, and occasionally teaching as well. He has a particular interest in rules, ethics and civility among members of the bar.
Mr. DuBois is admitted to practice as a member of the bars of four states: Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, the Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Federal Circuits, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (reg. no. 41,719).
Before practicing law, Mr. DuBois worked in R&D for a small telecomm firm pioneering microprocessor-based applications. He was a senior application specialist (programmer-analyst) in the international network division of the General Electric Company, then a senior training and documentation specialist for its worldwide staff and designated officials of developing countries through a State Department program. He wrote extensive custom software for tax-reporting systems to implement a federal Consent Order directing the “Divestiture” of assets and liabilities of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) to the newly formed, regional “Baby Bells,” a major deregulatory event in the U.S. economy. He credits his commercial experience at GE for a deep commitment to clients, service and giving real value for every dollar.
Mr. DuBois received a B.A. in Mathematics and Natural Science from Thos. A. Edison State College in 1985; a B.S. in Computer Science from Upsala College in 1986; and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He enjoys travel – having visited all 50 states and 7 continents with his son, many by motorcycle – reading classics or recorded books, long country walks, and is always ‘working on’ either French or Spanish.
• B.S. in Computer Science from Upsala College 1986
• J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., 1992
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