Keith D. Nowak

USA - New York

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
United States

Tel: 212-238-8610


Mr. Nowak has trial and appellate experience in patent litigation in the Federal District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is also experienced in rendering validity and infringement opinions in the areas of advanced technology, technology transfer, and licensing, and has negotiated numerous international license agreements in the areas of patents, trademarks, and software.

Mr. Nowak spent 8 years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, first as a member of the technical staff, and later as patent counsel preparing and prosecuting patent applications.

Prior to joining Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, he was a founding member of Lieberman & Nowak LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in New York.


  • 1976  U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1976  U.S. Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 1977  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 1979  U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • 1979  U.S. Supreme Court of New York
  • 1982  U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • 1985  U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 2000  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

The Intellectual Property Department offers comprehensive services in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress, and copyrights. We assist clients in industries as diverse as financial services, life sciences, fashion, entertainment, consumer products, publishing, computer software and internet-related services.

We identify core intellectual property rights, create cohesive protection for them, litigate to defend them, and negotiate transfers, licenses and related agreements. We have the scientific background and knowledge necessary to resolve intellectual property issues in the areas of electronics, computer software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.

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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP is a general practice law firm headquartered on Wall Street. We have a ratio of partners to associates of about one to one, and provide personal, partner-level attention to all clients and matters, large and small. This forms part of our Partners for Your Business® commitment, together with the focus we place on providing counseling to help advance the business interests of our clients.

We offer sophisticated legal advice within a culture that encourages innovative problem-solving. We are “can do,” “get the deal done” lawyers, willing to put in the hard work necessary to achieve our clients’ goals. We use the latest technologies to permit swifter and better communications and service. We are available when our clients need us to be available. We are easy to work with. Our clients stay with us because of the quality and efficiency of the service we provide, and because we understand and care about their businesses. Our attorneys stay with us because CL&M is a great place to work.

Building on the foundation of 160 years of legal service, we continue to maintain and develop the broad experience and diverse skills necessary to assist our clients in anticipating and managing business and personal matters in often fast-paced, changing environments.