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Vinita Ferrera

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Ferrera, Vinita

Vinita Ferrera focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret claims. She has litigated cases involving a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, computer hardware and software, financial services and electronic commerce. Her practice has encompassed all facets of litigation, including discovery, trials, injunction proceedings, appeals, settlement, and alternative dispute resolution, before federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

In 1999, Ms. Ferrera served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ms. Ferrera is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Ferrera was named to the Boston Business Journal's 2008 "40 under 40" list, which profiles 40 rising stars within Massachusetts' innovative business and nonprofit communities. Ms. Ferrera has also been named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers' Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and a "New England Super Lawyer" in the 2011 and 2012 issues of Boston Magazine.

Publications & News

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September 30, 2011

WilmerHale Settles Two Patent Infringement Suits for Palomar Against Candela and Syneron

May 21, 2009

Federal Circuit Upholds Validity of Procter & Gamble Blockbuster Drug Patent

October 6, 2008

Vinita Ferrera Recognized in Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” List

August 23, 2007

Three Important Victories for Broadcom in Litigation with Qualcomm

Bush Administration Upholds the ITC’s Ban On Imports of New Cell Phones Containing Some Qualcomm Microchips; Two Additional Qualcomm Patents Found Unenforceable; and Damages in Previous Case Are Doubled

February 1, 2007

WilmerHale Secures Patent Infringement Victory for Broadcom

January 3, 2006

WilmerHale Names 16 New Partners

May 11, 2005

WilmerHale Attorneys Named Rising Stars by Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Recognition Awarded to Twenty-nine of WilmerHale’s Massachusetts-based Attorneys

July 21, 2003

Protection of Non-U.S. Trademarks under U.S. Law

by Mark Matuschak and Vinita Ferrera

March 6, 2003

Moseley v. Secret Catalogue, Inc.: Supreme Court Blurs the Test for Trademark Dilution

by Mark Matuschak and Vinita Ferrera

Recent Highlights

During the last several years, Ms. Ferrera has:

  • Successfully tried a patent case for a small biotechnology company accused of infringement by its larger competitor
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict for a provider of cloud-based collaboration solutions in a patent infringement case
  • Successfully represented a large automobile manufacturer in several arbitrations arising from the manufacturer’s termination of dealers during bankruptcy
  • Represented a large financial services company in prosecuting claims of breach of non-competition and non-disclosure covenants and theft of trade secrets arising out of the “lift-out” by a competitor of a team of asset managers
  • Obtained a jury verdict of trade dress validity and infringement for a Japanese manufacturer involving the unique design of its engine
  • Represented an online health marketing company in asserting claims of copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of an employee’s misconduct
  • Successfully defended a semiconductor company against allegations of patent infringement involving video-compression technology
  • Obtained a jury/bench verdict in a trademark case for a major paper manufacturer involving its distinctive mottled design for notebook covers 
  • Successfully tried a trademark case for a large financial institution involving competing claims to a trademark used by both parties for over a century
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an Internet company in a case involving novel trademark and copyright issues arising from online advertising practices
  • Represented numerous pharmaceutical companies in ANDA-related patent litigation

Professional Activities

Ms. Ferrera is a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Practices

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Education

JD, cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1995, Member, National Moot Court Competition Team; Order of Barristers

BA, magna cum laude, University of Colorado, 1992

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New York