Charles "Buzz" Gagnebin, III is an intellectual property attorney who applies his extensive knowledge and experience in the field to help clients across industries manage their intellectual property. He practices Of Counsel with the firm's Intellectual Property Group in the Boston office and was previously a senior and founding partner with Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici. Buzz advises clients on a variety of issues in the high technology industry, intellectual property licensing, trademark, copyright and international issues.
High-Tech Intellectual Property
Buzz has decades of experience helping high-tech companies navigate the intellectual property and legal challenges of their business. He assists clients with the whole range of legal issues that are essential to this industry, especially licensing issues. Throughout his career, Buzz has worked with clients in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of technologies and his patent prosecution work has included many of the most high tech inventions in energy, particle science, quantum physics, laser systems, sophisticated electronics and computer systems, among others.
His technical expertise extends to mechanics, physics and electronics with particular emphasis in light systems, instrumentation, computers, software, and control systems.
Buzz was born in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University (1963) (Applied Physics), a M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1966) (Electrical Engineering), and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan (1969). Buzz has spoken at numerous seminars and has been the author of several MIT Instrumentation Laboratory publications on Reliability Theory and Inertial Instrumentation.
He taught the "Copyright" class at New England School of Law for nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor. In 1977, Buzz organized and ran a multi-participant seminar for all Boston-area attorneys on the Copyright Act of 1976, which was a major revision of U.S. copyright laws bringing them into the modern age. He has since hosted and participated in seminars in various IP areas in the Greater Boston region.
Buzz was the second chair of the BBA Environment Committee in the early 1970's. One of his accomplishments was in drafting for the State of Massachusetts the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency environmental impact statement law. During this period, he also served as a board member and officer of the Conservation Law Foundation. His environmental practice included the formation of 501(c)3 environmental organizations, litigation on environmental issues in Maine and participation in the 1973 seminar on "Living with the Environmental Law".
For many years, he also litigated in federal courts for a national music licensing client against claims of unlicensed music performance.
Buzz was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1969. He is also admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Buzz is a member of the Worcester County, Boston (Chairman, Committee on Environment, 1973-1975) and American (Member, Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law) Bar Associations, the Boston Patent Law Association (Chairman: Committee on Constitutional Bicentennial, 1987-1988 Copyright Law Committee, 1971-1977 Co-chair 1997-), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is recognized as a New England Super Lawyer in the area of Intellectual Property law.