Global law firm Goodwin today announced the addition of three partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice, resident in the New York office. The group includes Scott Weingaertner, Stefan Mentzer, and John Padro

Together, Weingaertner, Mentzer, and Padro have built a cross-disciplinary practice focused on solving the most challenging issues at the intersection of intellectual property, contract, business tort, and antitrust law.

“Scott, Stefan, and John’s collective expertise in patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property across our core industries, particularly in technology and life sciences, will perfectly complement our practice,” said Daryl Wiesen, co-chair of Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice. “Their additional perspectives will be an immediate benefit to our clients. We are thrilled to welcome all three partners to Goodwin as we continue to amplify our offering on the East Coast and globally.”  

Weingaertner has for over 30 years represented clients in their most complex and challenging technology and life sciences disputes. He has prevailed in litigation and, when needed, at trial, in disputes involving consumer electronics, mobile operating systems, network security systems, implantable heart pumps and other cardiological devices, biologics, drug delivery systems, blood assay technology and many other disciplines. His practice also focuses heavily on licensing, procurement, and other commercial disputes concerning technology and life sciences, as well as disputes involving FRAND commitments, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues, arbitration, and appeals. Weingaertner has, among other recognition, been awarded Managing IP Law’s Milestone Case of the Year. 

Mentzer has represented clients in high-stakes, precedent-setting matters for more than two decades. He advocates for clients in a wide range of commercial and intellectual property disputes, with a focus on copyright, trade secret, trademark, unfair competition, and commercial litigation. He represents clients across an array of industries, including consumer electronics, online platform, ecommerce, media, music, medical device, pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, and financial services companies.

Padro has represented many of today’s leading technology and life sciences clients with their most pressing and challenging patent, trade secret, and contractual disputes. From machine learning and consumer electronics to biologics and biomedical devices, he has a track record of prevailing in bet-the-company patent and trade secret disputes as well as joint ventures and licenses gone awry. Padro was shortlisted as a Euromoney LMG Rising Star in 2020.

The arrival of Weingaertner, Mentzer, and Padro builds on the recent global additions of litigation and regulatory partners including John Goheen and Gregory Demske in Washington, D.C., Thomas Gallagher and Allison DeLaurentis in Philadelphia, Miranda Hooker in Boston, Sharon Smith in San Francisco, and Sarah Jordan, Sarah McAtominey and Eram Khan in London. 

Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice handles a wide range of matters for technology and life sciences companies, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and licensing disputes. The practice has been named Intellectual Property Practice Group of the Year by Law360 on five separate occasions. The firm’s intellectual property lawyers are consistently recognized for excellence by leading publications, including Chambers, U.S. News — Best Lawyers, Managing Intellectual Property, IAM Patent 1000, and LMG Life Sciences.