Mr. Connelly, III (Jay), who is Of Counsel to the firm, graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1988 and was later employed as a research scientist at Enzo Biochem in New York City working on DNA fluorescent bio-probe technology and later at Carter Wallace located in Cranbury, New Jersey wherein he assisted in the development of the “Answer Quick and Simple” and “First Response” product lines. Jay graduated St. John’s University School of Law in 1994 and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey (1994), New York (1995) and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (1998).

Jay specializes in the representation of clients in all aspects of intellectual property inclusive of copyrights, and patent and trademark availability searches and related opinions on right to use, infringement and enforceability issues along with patent and trademark prosecution and related licensing and branding strategies. He has litigated trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, dilution, unfair competition and false advertising cases in the state and federal courts, prosecuted and resolved domain name disputes involving trademarks, and litigated inter partes Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”).

As a former municipal prosecutor and former co-chair of the Municipal Court Committee of the Monmouth County Bar Association, Jay has appeared in courts throughout the State of New Jersey and has successfully represented clients charged with DWI and other traffic related offenses, as well as, criminal and juvenile matters.

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey
New York

United States Patent and Trademark Office (1998)

EDUCATION:
St. John’s University School of Law in 1994

wconnelly@mlgiplaw.com