Partner, Basch& Nickerson LLP
Years in current role:18
What do you enjoy most about practicing intellectual property law?
On nearly a daily basis I am able to engage with inventors and other creative people. As an engineer at heart, and in my earlier careers, working with clients and their inventions regularly provides me with exposure to new technologies. I enjoy being able to assist my clients, whether as individuals or the companies they work with, in protecting their work.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
How to best provide intellectual property services for our clients as we as individuals, as a firm, and as practitioners continue to be impacted by COVID. While in many cases COVID has been disruptive, it has also caused many of us to reconsider the essential aspects of our business. For example, our firm realized that with a number of us able to largely work from remote locations we did not need all of the office space we had. As a result we chose to downsize our space and facilitate remote work options.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
From an intellectual property perspective, I anticipate we will see patents and other forms of intellectual property furthering technologies to address some of the significant concerns of our time, such as climate change, renewable energy generation and distribution, media, etc.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I’m an active member of the Rochester YMCA, having been a past board member I am currently a member of the Rochester YMCA’s Camp Gorham board. I support the Y, and particularly Camp Gorham, as I have seen the magic that happens when children get to experience the beautiful Adirondack mountains in a resident camp setting. I and all of my family have also attended many of Camp Gorham’s programs.
My wife and I also facilitate a youth running program called the Monroe Milers, now in its 10th year. Monroe Milers, a program operated under the Southeast Area Coalition (SEAC), is currently supported by the Baden Street Settlement, which is hosting the program this year.
The Basch& Nickerson firm also provides intellectual property services to clients through Just Cause (VLSP) programs.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
Becoming more active in the community, and returning to restaurants, events and other social activities.