Alison L. McCarthy

Alison L. McCarthy

Of Counsel
Registered Patent Attorney

Boston, MA
Phone: 617.204.5109    Fax: 617.204.5150

Alison L. McCarthy is of counsel with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. Ms. McCarthy practices in the Intellectual Property Department, where she is primarily focused on patent litigation. Specifically, she routinely handles many aspects of patent litigation, from discovery disputes, to claim construction briefing and hearings, to trial. Ms. McCarthy has participated in two trials before the International Trade Commission representing plaintiffs in patent-based Section 337 investigations.

Ms. McCarthy also prosecutes patent applications in the high-tech arena and handles various aspects of IP due diligence and licensing. Recently, Ms. McCarthy worked to complete a complex patent sale and license agreement that involved a portfolio of over 200 patents. She has drafted and negotiated numerous patent licenses and purchase agreements, often in the context of settlement of patent litigation. Ms. McCarthy also has experience in managing patent portfolios for clients located in both the U.S. and abroad, and has worked with patents in a broad range of technologies, including wireless communication, subsea equipment, digital imaging technology, fiber optic cable connectors, as well as medical devices.

With respect to IP diligence, Ms. McCarthy has conducted in-depth reviews of patent portfolios for companies wishing to maximize the value of their portfolios, whether by asserting existing patent rights, or for the purpose of selling patents and portfolios to other parties. Ms. McCarthy also has assisted in providing due diligence for venture capital funds and other investors interested in understanding patent value and potential intellectual property opportunities from the sale or purchase of intellectual property assets.

Ms. McCarthy recently served as adjunct professor for a trademarks and unfair competition course at New England School of Law.


  • J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2002, note editor, New England Law School Law Review
  • B.S.M.E., magna cum laude, Catholic University of America, 1999
  • B.A., Physics, Saint Anselm College, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Areas

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