With over 30 years of practice, Anthony Handal counts among the most experienced attorneys in the United States. Tony focuses his practice on patent, trademark and copyright trial and appellate work as well as on internet and commercial matters.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has served as lead counsel in over 200 intellectual property lawsuits with amounts at risk ranging up to $2 billion, representing such clients as ADM, JVC, Conair Corporation, Dayco, Estee Lauder, Clear Channel, Neiman Marcus and Target. These actions have been before the U.S. Supreme Court, many Federal appellate and district courts, and overseas tribunals, and include jury and bench trials. In his career, he has also obtained over 700 patents for his clients. He has experience representing clients from various technologies and industries, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, business methods, medical devices, software, molecular biology, biomedical systems, holography, apparel and retail. Tony has taught patent litigation strategy at the Patent Resources Group. He has also presented in-house training programs at many corporations, including Xerox, Pitney Bowes, J.P. Morgan Chase and General Electric.

A former engineer who conceived the first digital data compression system while a University researcher under Project Apollo, Tony also has worked for many years in licensing, and related corporate matters, as well as in the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Polytechnic University (1969) and his Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center (1972).

Admitted to Practice

Tony is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Texas.


  • “Does the Power of the Internet Justify Changing Traditional Rules for Trademark Infringement?” - Intellectual Property Today, February 2009
  • “Intellectual Property Update: Inter Partes Reexamination Becoming Efficient and Effective in Removing Weak Blocking Patents” - Thompson Hine LLP Bulletin, September 2008
  • “Second and Fifth Circuits Clash on Copyright Protection for Costumes and Clothing” - Intellectual Property Today, October 2005

David Dushane is a member of the firm’s corporate law team, focusing his practice on intellectual property and civil litigation, as well as advising clients on entertainment and intellectual property licensing matters. David’s clients range from high tech electronics companies and other manufacturers to professional models, screenwriters, visual artists and apparel designers.

David’s notable accomplishments include two seven figure settlements in complex business litigation matters involving copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual properties. In addition to successfully litigating business disputes in Los Angeles Superior Court, David has also prevailed on an appeal from a dismissal and a writ petition to the California Court of Appeals.

Mr. Dushane earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (2002), and holds an LL.M. in intellectual property law from George Washington University School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in history (1999).

Admitted to Practice

David is admitted to practice in the Federal and state courts of the State of California.                     


Mona is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney. Her technical areas of specialization include biomedical devices, cosmetics, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, paper technology, sports equipment and material science. A former engineer, her work involved the design of biomedical devices.

Mona earned a B.E.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac College School of Law.

Admitted to Practice

Mona is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Gwen R. Acker Wood, Ph.D. is a consultant to the firm’s biotechnology practice and a principal of Acker Wood Intellectual Property Law. Gwen is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice on patent prosecution in the United States and internationally, client counseling and providing patentability, infringement, and freedom to operate opinions. Her technical expertise includes biotechnology, medical devices, life sciences and the chemical arts.

Before attending law school, Gwen worked as a research scientist, designing and conducting experiments in psychoneuropathology and psychoimmunology. She has served as an adjunct professor in key disciplines: biology at Duquesne University, general nutrition at Robert Morris University, and advanced pathophysiology at New York University and Duquesne University. She also taught “Environmental Science” in the General Studies Program at New York University and “Principles of Weight Control” at the department of nutrition and home economics at New York University.

Gwen earned her Bachelor of Science, Masters and Ph.D. at New York University and her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University.

Admitted to Practice

Gwen is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the Ohio and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bars.


  • “The KSR Decision and Its Impact on Biotech Patents” - The Legal Intelligencer; Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Intellectual Property Supplement, October 2007
  • “Peptide influences on the development and regeneration of motor performance.” - Peptides, 3: 439-449, 1982
  • “ACTH peptide neuromodulation in the developing mammalian neuromuscular system seen through three different perspectives.” - N.Y. Acad. Sciences, 435: 370-375, 1984
  • “ACTH neuromodulation of the developing motor system and neonatal learning in the rat.” - Peptides, 6: 41-49, 195.
  • “Synaptosomal membrane-bound form of endopeptidase-24.15 generates leu-enkaphalin from dynorphin (1-8), alpha- and ß-neoendorphin and met-enkephalin from met-enkephalin-Arg(6)-Gly(7)-Leu(8). “- J. Neurochem., 48: 284-292, 1987
  • “Exercise-induced alternations in natural killer cell number and function.” - Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. (Germany), 74(3): 227-233, 1996
  • “Lymphocyte function and cytokine production during incremental exercise in active and sedentary males and females.” - Int. J. Sports Med. (German7), 17(8): 585-591, 1996
  • “The effects of incremental submaximal exercise on circulatory leukocytes in physically active and sedentary males and females.” - Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. (Germany), 74(3): 211-218, 1996

Awards & Honors

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1984-1986
  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992-1994

Sean M. Douglass is an associate and patent engineer with the Handal & Morofsky intellectual property group. Sean is a graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law (2013) with a concentration in intellectual property law.

Sean received his Bachelors of Art in Biology from Boston University in 2008. Sean also received his Masters of Science in Forensic Science with a concentration in Clinical Forensic Medicine from Drexel University in 2010.


Sheela G. Kar is an associate in the Handal & Morofsky intellectual property group. Her practice focuses on patent applications and prosecution.

A former electrical engineer, Sheela worked at Con Edison and, as an engineer, assisted legal counsel in contract matters, rate cases, Department of Public Utility Control hearings and related legal issues facing the electrical utility industry.

Sheela earned her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Calcutta University and her Juris Doctorate from the Qunnipiac University.

Admitted to Practice

Sheela is licensed to practice in Connecticut and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Laura L. Pollander is a law clerk and patent engineer with the Handal & Morofsky intellectual property group. Laura is currently a law student at the Quinnipiac University School of Law and will graduate in May 2014.

Laura received her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Mount Union in 2010 with specific research in biofuels.


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