Eric H. Yecies is a trial attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Yecies focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trying high-profile cases in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device areas. He has first chair trial experience in multiple federal district courts, as well as significant complex appellate litigation experience in the federal courts of appeal.
Mr. Yecies litigates patent, trade secret, trademark, false advertising, anti-competitive, counterfeiting and licensing cases across a broad range of technical disciplines. His cases have involved controlled-release pharmaceuticals, fixed-dose combinations, nanoparticles, transdermal delivery, immuno-therapies, pain management, endocrine and hormone products, anti-hypertensives, cholesterol inhibition, genetic engineering and therapies, injectables, medical diagnostic agents, consumer products, gas compression, crop science, and oncologic and neurologic treatments. Mr. Yecies also counsels in these areas on patent validity and infringement, licensing, commercial collaborations, patent prosecution, corporate due diligence, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) citizen petitions and other regulatory disputes.
In addition, Mr. Yecies is experienced in commercial matters involving contracts, torts, antitrust, arbitration, bankruptcy, real estate, immigration, private wealth services and corporate transactions – particularly when these issues relate to the technical industries of his clients.
Mr. Yecies provides pro bono services as lead counsel for nonprofit organizations, including as trademark counsel for a Brooklyn-based community outreach organization and as immigration counsel for a client of a Manhattan-based domestic violence nonprofit. Mr. Yecies served as lead counsel for the co-founders of a data gathering, research and distribution center in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation against the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division. He has also drafted intellectual property-focused employment agreements for a nonprofit serving the international medical needs of the poor and vulnerable.
Mr. Yecies is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee for the New York office.
Mr. Yecies regularly speaks and publishes about intellectual property law, including guest lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania. In the community, Mr. Yecies is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program for Bergen County, New Jersey and is actively involved with the Promise Academy Schools in Harlem.
* Matter handled prior to joining Holland & Knight
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