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

Publication

What to do When a Lender Receives a Notice from the Municipality that Mortgaged Property is Going to be Condemned or is in Violation of the Building Code?

Occasionally, a lender will be served a notice from a municipality alerting the lender that a mortgaged property has had unpermitted construction projects, or otherwise violates the municipal building code. The Maine Uniform Building...

News

Attorney Joseph Donahue Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2022

Preti Flaherty attorney Joseph Donahue has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 as the “Lawyer of the Year” for the Augusta region in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law. Inclusion in Best Lawyers...

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Health Coverage Incentives for Unvaccinated Employees

Employers wrestling with COVID-19 vaccination-reluctant employees have a lot on their plates. New federal mandates may require affirmative action but even without these new rules, the real problem is how to persuade your workers...

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New Maine Law Limits Employers’ Ability to Request Applicant Criminal History Information

Last month Governor Mills signed into law LD 1167, “An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment.” Maine joins a growing number of states in adopting a “ban-the-box” law that restricts employers’ ability to...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Jonathan Piper elected to Portland Public Library Board of Trustees

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that Jonathan Piper has been elected to serve on the Portland Public Library’s Board of Trustees. Jon has a long history of service to several local organizations including...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Cameron Ferrante, Paola Maymi, and Anne Sedlack to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of three new members to the firm: Cameron A. Ferrante, Paola A. Maymi, and Anne E. Sedlack. Cameron Ferrante is a graduate of Northeastern University School...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

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Understanding the New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Many Maine healthcare facilities were already in the process of evaluating, drafting, and implementing mandatory vaccine policies when the Maine Department of Heath and Human Services issued an Emergency Routine Technical Rule on the...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...