Arthur Seidel, recognized as a “legend” in Intellectual Property Law in Pennsylvania and of counsel to Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, has been named the first recipient of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award.  Seidel accepted this award May 21 in a ceremony at the Union League Club of Philadelphia. 

Seidel, founding partner of the intellectual property boutique Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna & Monaco, which combined with Drinker Biddle in 2001, has been involved in hundreds of intellectual property cases and Patent and Trademark Office proceedings.  His practice has included all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, licensing, Internet disputes, trade secrets and the rights of publicity and of privacy.   

Among Seidel’s many accomplishments, he was the sole patent attorney in private practice to be appointed to the prestigious Advisory Committee of the American Law Institute, which rewrote the Restatement of the Law of Unfair Competition.  For 15  years he taught a year-long course on patent law at Temple University Law School, and chaired the annual American Law Institute - American Bar Association Seminar on Trademarks, Copyrights and Unfair Competition.

Seidel was also the senior author of a two-volume treatise on trademark practice published by Matthew Bender, as well as senior author of three American Law Institute – American Bar Association books, Patent Law Practice (now in its sixth edition), Trademarks and Copyrights (seventh edition), and Trade Secrets and Employment Agreements (third edition).  In 2008, Chambers USA conferred its “Elder Statesmen” ranking upon Seidel for his intellectual property practice in Pennsylvania, lauding him as “[a] legend in the Pennsylvania IP Bar.” 

“This is a great honor for Arthur,” said Greg Lavorgna, a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a managing partner of the firm.  “Arthur usually shies away from public displays, preferring instead to let his prodigious abilities speak for themselves, but this is a fitting capstone for a long and distinguished career.  I have known and worked with Arthur for almost 30 years.  He’s been a teacher, a mentor, a partner and a friend – to me and to many others.  I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”  

Founded in 1923, PIPLA is one of the oldest intellectual property law associations in the country.  It was established to further the development and knowledge of intellectual property law, and promote the highest standards of ethics and professional relationships in the intellectual property law field.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to a PIPLA member with a distinguished career, and who has made outstanding contributions to PIPLA and the Philadelphia region’s IP community.  Seidel was selected by the nominating committee and approved by unanimous decision of PIPLA’s Board of Governors to be the first recipient of this award.


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