Nicholas L. Coch - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Nicholas L. Coch

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Nicholas Coch's practice focuses on patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright litigation and transactions and antitrust aspects thereof.

In his more than thirty years of practice, Mr. Coch has handled numerous complex trials, argued myriad appellate issues and has had significant experience in global and U.S. transactions involving intellectual property.

Mr. Coch and the Kramer team recently successfully defended Endo Pharmaceuticals permitting it to compete in the market for OxyContin, the highly profitable painkiller. The District Court, after previously preliminarily enjoining another competitor based on the same patents and having its decision affirmed by the Federal Circuit, found the patents unenforceable because they were procured through inequitable conduct before the PTO. Mr. Coch's varied career includes defending the Associated Press in Kregos v. The Associated Press, a copyright infringement action that was among the first to amplify the Supreme Court's Feist decision concerning the copyrightability of databases. Mr. Coch was also the lead attorney in Keene v. Paraflex and Coach House v. Coach and Six, which clarified the trademark law of aesthetic functionality and acquiescence, respectively.  Mr. Coch was also lead attorney in successfully obtaining back-to-back preliminary injunctions in patent litigations in Genentech v. Novo Nordisk and in Genentech v. Bio-Technology General and in gaining reversal of a summary judgment of invalidity in Groz-Beckert v. Monarch Knitting Machinery .

Mr. Coch is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, where he has chaired committees and subcommittees on antitrust, inequitable conduct and patent misuse, trade secrets and FOIA. Mr. Coch is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Coch regularly lectures and writes on intellectual property issues. Such subjects include "Jury Trials in Patent Cases," "Preliminary Injunctions in the 1990's," "Risky Business in the Late 1990's-Tying," "The U.S. Patent System and its Challenge to Competition--Standard Setting, 2003," "Trademarks in the Global Marketplace," "Due Diligence Required of Exporters to the U.S." and "Trade Secret Considerations in Hiring, Continuing or Terminating Employees."

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Coch earned his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Coch was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, prior to commencing private practice.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2001
U.S.C.A., Federal Circuit, 1982
U.S.C.A., 11th Circuit, 1989
U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit, 1976
U.S.C.A., 5th Circuit, 1984
U.S.C.A., 3rd Circuit, 1980
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit, 1967
U.S.D.C., District of Arkansas
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Texas
U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York, 1977
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, 1966
New York University School of LawJ.D. 1962

Client Comments

"Nicholas Coch is at the top of his game. He has a thorough understanding of his field. He is adaptable, responsive, and dependable."

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Patent Law

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