Erica M. Hines, a partner with the firm, is a registered patent attorney whose practice includes strategic IP counseling, patent preparation and prosecution (primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, and materials science arts), appeals, and post grant procedures.  She assists clients with the domestic and international strategic management of their intellectual property portfolios, including patent preparation and prosecution (primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and materials science arts), post-grant practice, regulatory counseling, and opinion work. She also assists clients with matters relating to copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. She represents a wide range of clients, both domestic and foreign, from individual inventors and startup companies, to universities and Fortune 100 companies.

Ms. Hines graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Albany Law Review, clerked for General Electric, and held several research assistant and teaching assistant positions. She received her first Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Hines also has a Masters in Business Administration from Union Graduate College, and a degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany, where she focused on organic chemistry and participated in a doctoral research laboratory group synthesizing and studying organofluorine compounds of interest.

Ms. Hines is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Hines is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Chemical Society, the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she serves on the Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee. Ms. Hines is a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society, and, from 2013-2016, has been recognized as an Upstate New York Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers magazine.

Ms. Hines’€™ more recent publications include:

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Patent Case that Could Impact Timing of Availability of More Affordable Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, Lexology, April 16, 2014

Blocking patents via third-party preissuance submissions, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, January 21, 2014

Throwing Patent Trolls over the Bridge, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, June 18, 2013

How to Identify, Valuate, and Leverage Your Company’€™s Intellectual Property, NYSBA Corporate Counsel Journal, Inside, Vol. 30, No. 2, Fall 2012

Preparation and Reaction of Aliphatic 2-Pentafluorosulfanyl Aldehydes, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2012, 4902-4905

Court: YouTube May Be Liable for Copyright Infringement, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, May 15, 2012

An update on patent reform legislation, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, April 19, 2011

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Stanford v. Roche, HRFM Newsletter, April 23, 2011

Disclose Prior Art, Material Information, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, June 15, 2010