B.S., University of Toledo; M.S., University of Toledo; M.S., Virginia Tech; J.D., Cleveland-Marshall; LL.M., George Washington
As Special Counsel for IP Litigation at the PTO’s Solicitor’s Office, Professor LaMarca represents the PTO in IP and other related federal court litigation. Primarily, that includes arguing appeals at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, district court trial work in section 145 and 1071(b) actions, and defending the agency in other civil suits throughout the nation. Professor LaMarca has been lead or co-counsel on over 100 appeals and defended the agency in a wide array of district court suits. Substantively, he has litigated a spectrum of issues spanning specific patent, trademark and copyright questions to broader issues of jurisdiction, procedure, admin law and cases focused in specialized areas (e.g., reexamination, reissue, IPR/PGR proceedings, etc.). Professor LaMarca also periodically works with SG’s Office, DOJ’s Civil Appellate and other Executive components to assist with the government’s briefing of IP issues before the US Supreme Court and various circuit appeals courts. Professor LaMarca also served as a Special Assistant US Attorney with the DC US Attorney’s Office (Civil Division) to defend the agency in patent suits and served on a rotation with the Criminal Division where he was lead prosecutor on over twenty criminal bench trials. Beyond litigation, Professor LaMarca advises the agency on domestic and int’l IP matters (e.g., legislation, rule-making, agency decisions and policy). Previously, Professor LaMarca worked in private practice concentrating in IP litigation, prosecution and counseling and also served several years as an examiner. Professor LaMarca has an educational background in mechanical and electrical engineering and worked in the aircraft industry as an experimental flight test/design engineer where he was licensed as a PE. Admitted: Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, US Supreme Court, CAFC, EDVA, PTO Registered. Military Service: United States Naval Officer (Reserve EDO) (1993-2018).