Biography

Carolyn helps businesses and institutions achieve their strategic priorities around the globe through her work as an intellectual property attorney. She has substantial experience in all areas of the intellectual property practice, including patent prosecution, enforcement and litigation, licensing, trademarks, and IP portfolio management strategies.

In her work, Carolyn has counseled clients across a wide range of industries, from startups and solo inventors to Fortune 500 companies and major research institutions, in obtaining protection for and enforcing their rights to their intellectual property assets. She also has extensive experience in complex patent litigation and has been involved in numerous large-scale litigation matters.

Protecting Intellectual Property in a Global Economy

Carolyn has extensive patent and trademark prosecution and litigation experience both domestically and on matters with international aspects. She has obtained more than 200 patents for her clients, across a range of technical fields, including the chemical, chemical engineering, biotechnology, mechanical, medical and electromechanical arts. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Carolyn had maintained a practice in the Boston region since 1994, including having recently worked at one of the city's largest international law firms.

Before embarking on her legal career, Carolyn worked for several years as a chemical engineer and brings that applied technical knowledge to her work for clients. During this period, she worked as an engineer and consultant for several major companies and research institutions, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electricite de France and Arthur D. Little.

Carolyn is the author of several publications and has for the past several years taught international business students the fundamentals and global dimensions of intellectual property law as a Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany. Carolyn also is fluent in French.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

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Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

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Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...

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David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...

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Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

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Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

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Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

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Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...