- Representative Matters
- Honors & Awards
- Speeches & Events
Ian G. DiBernardo is the Co-Practice Group Leader of Stroock’s Intellectual Property Department. He counsels both emerging and established companies, focusing on complex intellectual property and technology transactions and intellectual property litigation.
Mr. DiBernardo's transactional practice includes structuring and negotiating a variety of agreements, including outsourcing, cloud computing, license, distribution and joint venture agreements. In addition, he negotiates and conducts due diligence on the intellectual property and information technology aspects of a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities and corporate finance transactions. As part of his transactional practice, Mr. DiBernardo frequently counsels clients on cybersecurity, data protection and privacy issues.
Mr. DiBernardo also works closely with Stroock's financial services and capital markets clients, structuring and negotiating market access, electronic trading and dark pool agreements, as well as licenses to financial indexes, market data, back office systems and other trading technologies.
As a litigator, Mr. DiBernardo has first-chair trial and appellate litigation experience, successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trade secret, copyright and breach of contract matters. He has also successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. DiBernardo has particular experience with financial products and systems, consumer electronics, Internet technologies and medical devices and systems.
- Tomita Technologies USA LLC, et al. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd., et al., Case No. 1:11-cv-04256 (S.D.N.Y. March 14, 2013) – Obtained $30.2 million jury verdict on behalf of Tomita Technologies in a patent infringement suit against Nintendo’s Japanese parent and American subsidiary for infringement of a patent related to 3-D display technology. Nintendo appealed and, following remand, the case is again on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- British Telecommunications plc, et al. v. Haier America Trading LLC and Haier Group Corp., Case No. 09-CV-7114 (WGY) (S.D.N.Y. 2009) – Defended Haier against 13 plaintiffs asserting infringement of 41 patents relating to digital encoding and digital television transmission standards, settling on favorable terms.
- Honeywell International Inc. et al. v. Nokia Corporation et al., Case No. 04-CV-01337-JJF (D. Del. 2009) – On behalf of defendant FUJIFILM, obtained grant of summary judgment of patent invalidity of a patent directed to liquid crystal displays.
- Protein Bar Technologies, LLC v. Next Proteins, Inc., et al., Case No. 8:07CV464-T30-MSS (M.D. Fla. 2007) – On behalf of defendant, Forward Foods LLC, secured stay and ultimately dismissal of litigation based on rejection of over 100 asserted claims in inter partes reexaminations.
- Carl Zeiss Meditec in connection with licensing and joint venture matters.
- FUJIFILM Medical Systems in its acquisitions of Problem Solving Concepts, Inc. and Empiric System LLC, providers of medical imaging and information systems.
- Versamed Corporation, a provider of portable ventilators, in its acquisition by GE Healthcare.
- NRDC Equity Partners, LLC in its acquisition of the 48-store Lord & Taylor retail chain from Federated Department Stores (NYSE: FD) for $1.2 billion in cash.
- The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. in its acquisition of The Disney Store chain of retail stores in the U.S. and Canada from The Walt Disney Company.
- Guggenheim Global Trading in its negotiating licenses to trading analytics and order management, risk management and portfolio management systems.
- Evolution Markets in its licensing of trading technology for use with its electronic OTC derivatives trading platform.
- Arch Insurance in negotiating outsourcing and cloud computing transactions relating to claims processing and back-office systems.
- Nomura Holding America, Inc. and Nomura Securities International Inc. in structuring and negotiating software development and license agreements relating to bespoke alternative trading systems and risk management software and back-office systems.
- Instinet Holdings Incorporated and Nomura in connection with the sale of ATS operator Chi-X Canada Ltd. to Nasdaq, Inc and Chi-X Asia-Pacific entities to private equity firm, J.C. Flowers.
HONORS & AWARDS
Mr. DiBernardo has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in the practice area of Intellectual Property: Patent. He has also been named to Super Lawyers in each of the specialties of Intellectual Property, Information Technology/Outsourcing and Intellectual Property Litigation.
- Member, Licensing Executives Society
- Vice Chair Elect, High Technology Sector, 2016-2017
- Secretary, High Technology Sector, 2015–present
- Co-chair, Cloud Services & Software Committee, 2012–2015
- Member, Publication Review Committee, Wall Street Technology Association, 2011–present
- Adjunct Professor, New York University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 2010-2012
SPEECHES & EVENTS
- Moderator, "Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: New Tools for the Digital Economy," Licensing Executives Society International 2018 Annual Conference, April 30, 2018
- Panelist, "High Tech Sector Presents Protecting Trade Secrets Today," Licensing Executives Society, Webinar, May 24, 2017
- Presenter, "IP & Tech Transactions for the In-House Practitioner: Key Considerations," Stroock Intellectual Property Group CLE, January 26, 2017
- Speaker, "Ensuring the Continuity of Business Operations to Raise Profits and Curtail Interruptions in Service," 18th Annual IT Service Agreements and Licensing – Cloud, Open Source & Software, November 17-18, 2014
- Speaker, "Special Techniques and Insights When Valuing Intellectual Property Transactions: From Early Stage to Maturity," Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, September 22-25, 2013
- Faculty presenter, "Software: Licensing Without Patents," Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, September 22-25, 2013
- Speaker, "Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing of Financial Indices," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, June 19, 2012
- Speaker, "Investing in Intellectual Property: Evaluating Opportunities and Managing Investments," SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference, May 10, 2012
- Co-author, "Pen Testing: The Good, the Bad and the Agreement," New York Law Journal, March 2, 2018
- Co-author, "Under close inspection," Intellectual Property Magazine, February 28, 2018
- Co-author, "SEC Updates its Focus on Business Continuity and Transition Plans," Wall Street Technology Association - Ticker e-Zine, August 25, 2016
- Co-author, "SEC Focuses on Business Continuity and Transition Plans: Implications for Registered Investment Advisers and Funds and Their Critical Service Providers," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 2, 2016
- Co-author, "Federal Circuit Finds Software Invention Eligible for Patenting," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 23, 2016
- Co-author, "Trends and Observations in Software," les Nouvelles, December 2013
- Co-author, "Special Techniques and Considerations when Valuing Property Transactions," Licensing Executives Society, Insights, December 2013
- "Using Data Maps as an Effective Tool for Data Security Collaboration," Wall St. Technology, Ticker Magazine, 2013, Issue 3
- Co-author, "Patentability of Business Methods: Decoding the Federal Circuit's CLS and Bancorp Decisions," Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, February 2013, Vol.25, No. 2
- Co-author, "Patentability of Business Methods: Decoding the Federal Circuit's CLS and Bancorp Decisions," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 23, 2012
- Co-author, "Case Study: Ultramercial v. Hulu," IP Law360, November 14, 2011
- Co-author, "Ultramercial v. Hulu: Is the Patentability Pendulum Swinging in Favor of Business Method Patents?" Stroock Special Bulletin, October 13, 2011
- Co-author, "Business Method Patents: A Tale of Two Decisions," New York Law Journal, October 13, 2011
- Co-author, "Cybersource Corporation v. Retail Decisions, Inc." Stroock Special Bulletin, August 23, 2011
- Co-author, "Second Circuit: You Make It, They Can Break It: The Fly on the Wall Eludes the Ghost of INS v. AP," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 23, 2011
- "Reviewing Joint Infringement," IP Law 360, May 9, 2011
- "Kodak v. Apple Squabble Could Spread; Patriot Coal Fraudco Theorists Howl – Distressed Briefing," Debtwire North America, June 22, 2012
- "Where Now for Google v. Oracle?" Managing Intellectual Property, May 25, 2012
- "High Court Tells Fed. Circ. To Rethink Software Patent Ruling," IP Law360, May 12, 2012
- "Dish Stuck With $104M Tab in TiVo Patent Case," e-Commerce Times, October 7, 2008
- "High Court May Not Hear Any IP Cases This Term," Law360, October 7, 2008
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
New York, 1996U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2009; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1996; U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
PATENT ADMISSIONSU.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997
J.D., magna cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 1995; Order of the Coif; Syracuse Law Review
B.S.E.E., cum laude, Bucknell University, 1992; Tau Beta Pi
NEWSBack To Full Bio
Stroock Becomes Charter Member of Legal Center of Excellence, a New Global Platform for Studying Developments in FinTech and Blockchain
February 23, 2018|Press Release
Stroock Advising Atlas Merchant Capital as Co-Lead Investor in $2 Billion Acquisition of Talcott Resolution from The Hartford
December 5, 2017|Press Release
Stroock deal team mentioned in "Hartford Sells Life Insurance Business For $2.05B"
December 4, 2017|As mentioned in: Law360
Ian DiBernardo and Kenneth Stein quoted in "Signs of Life for Doctrine of Equivalents in the US"
September 27, 2017|As mentioned in: Managing Intellectual Property
Ian DiBernardo and Kenneth Stein featured in "Law firm petitions SCOTUS to review doctrine of equivalents test"
September 6, 2017|As mentioned in: Intellectual Property Magazine
Ian DiBernardo quoted in "Nintendo 3DS Patent Case Heads to High Court"
August 30, 2017|As mentioned in: Courthouse News
Ian DiBernardo quoted in "High Court Urged To Delete Nintendo's IP Win On 3-D Tech"
August 30, 2017|As mentioned in: Law360
Stroock Earns Top Tier Rank in 11 Practices by Chambers USA 2017: 30 Leading Attorneys Recognized
June 1, 2017|Press Release
Stroock Ranked By Chambers USA For 2016
May 27, 2016 |Press Release
Ian G. DiBernardo quoted in "Tomita, Nintendo Lock Horns Anew In 3DS Infringement Fight"
August 4, 2015|As mentioned in: Law360
Kodak v. Apple Squabble Could Spread; Patriot Coal Fraudco Theorists Howl – Distressed Briefing
June 22, 2012
Stroock Represents Arrowpoint Capital Corp. in Management Buyout of Royal & Sun Alliance USA
September 28, 2006
PUBLICATIONSBack To Full Bio
"SIFMA’s New Data Aggregation Principles and What They Mean for the Financial Sector"
April 18, 2018|Stroock Special Bulletin
- “Three Key Federal Income Tax Issues Raised by Cryptocurrencies”April 11, 2018|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Pen Testing: The Good, the Bad and the Agreement"March 2, 2018|New York Law Journal
- "Under close inspection"February 28, 2018|Intellectual Property Magazine
- "December 31 Deadline for Electronically Registering DMCA Agents with the Copyright Office"December 14, 2017|Stroock Special Bulletin
- “SEC Updates its Focus on Business Continuity and Transition Plans”August 25, 2016|Wall Street Technology Association - Ticker e-Zine
- "SEC Focuses on Business Continuity and Transition Plans: Implications for Registered Investment Advisers and Funds and Their Critical Service Providers"August 2, 2016|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Federal Circuit Finds Software Invention Eligible for Patenting"May 23, 2016|Stroock Special Bulletin
- “LES Annual Meeting Mini Plenary Session Review: Special Techniques and Considerations when Valuing Property Transactions”December 16, 2013|LES Insights
- "Using Data Maps as an Effective Tool for Data Security Collaboration"2013 Issue 3|Ticker Magazine
- "Patentability of Business Methods: Decoding the Federal Circuit’s CLS and Bancorp Decisions"Volume 25, Number 2, February 2013|Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal
- Patentability of Business Methods: Decoding the Federal Circuit’s CLS and Bancorp DecisionsAugust 23, 2012|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Case Study: Ultramercial v. Hulu"November 14, 2011|IP Law360
- "Ultramercial v. Hulu: Is the Patentability Pendulum Swinging in Favor of Business Method Patents?"October 13, 2011|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Business Method Patents: A Tale of Two Decisions"October 13, 2011|New York Law Journal
- Cybersource Corporation v. Retail Decisions, Inc.August 23, 2011|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Second Circuit: You Make It, They Can Break It: The Fly on the Wall Eludes the Ghost of INS v. AP"June 23, 2011|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Reviewing Joint Infringement"May 9, 2011|IP Law 360
- "Protect Your Data with the Hot News Doctrine"May 1, 2010|Managing Intellectual Property
- “'Hot News' Doctrine Protects Investment Firms’ Actionable Equity Recommendations”March 22, 2010|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "H&R Block" and "Every Penny Counts" Cases Ask “Where’s the Machine?”March 20, 2009|Stroock Special Bulletin
- “In re Bilski: Federal Circuit Addresses Standard for Patentability of Business Methods”November 5, 2008|Stroock Intellectual Property Practice Group Special Bulletin
- “TiVo v. EchoStar: Federal Circuit Does The Time Warp”May 2008|The Intellectual Property Strategist, Volume 14, Number 8
- "Practical Implications of SanDisk Corp. v. STMicroelectronics"September 1, 2007|Intellectual Property Today
- "Technology Due Diligence"November 6, 2006|New York Law Journal
- "Protection for Financial Indexes, ETFs, Other Products"September 29, 2006|New York Law Journal
- "Intellectual Property Protection for Financial Indexes, ETFs and Other Financial Products"August 3, 2006|Stroock Special Bulletin
- "Copyrights and Trademarks and Patents! Oh, My!"August 1, 2006|Best's Review
- "The Supreme Court’s Integra Lifesciences v Merck KGaA Decision: Adverse Effect on the Relationship between Big Pharma and Biotech?"December 6, 2005|LabtoWallStreet
- "4 Ways to Save an IP License"August 2005|Best’s Review
- "Intellectual Property Issues Surrounding Stem Cell Research"Issue 2, 2005|LabtoWallStreet
EVENTSBack To Full Bio
LESI 2018 Annual Conference: Strong IP Drives the Bottom Line
April 30, 2018
High Tech Sector Presents: Protecting Trade Secrets Today
May 24, 2017
IP & Tech Transactions for the In-House Practitioner: Key Considerations
January 26, 2017
18th Annual IT Service Agreements and Licensing – Cloud, Open Source & Software conference
November 17-18, 2014
Investing in Intellectual Property Assets and Enforcement
November 14, 2012
SALT 2012 Conference
May 8-11, 2012
New York: Media Information Exchange Group's The Legal Side of Digital Media
Thursday May 21, 2009
The Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Seminar: Intellectual Property for the Micro Entrepreneur
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- “Three Key Federal Income Tax Issues Raised by Cryptocurrencies”