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Tara C. Clancy

Fax +1.617.261.3175
Ms. Clancy is a partner in the firm’s Boston office, where she is a member of the cyber law and cybersecurity practice group. She concentrates her practice in complex technology litigation and provides clients with privacy compliance and cybersecurity preparedness counseling. She provides counseling on best practices in data management and developing privacy and security policies and procedures to meet changing regulatory requirements and assists clients in handling data breach responses and investigations. She has served as the lead counsel for numerous technology companies, including those in the fields of networking hardware and software, security and control systems, chemical compositions, nutritional supplements, heat transfer equipment, medical devices, ion implantation systems, and packaging. She has significant experience in all stages of litigation and has led patent cases to verdict in jury trials as well as bench trials. She is a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice where she shares global responsibility for the firm’s IP litigation resources and strategy.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Clancy worked for the Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company first as an engineer designing capital projects in the papermaking division and then as a business manager responsible for managing the people, pay, production, and profits in the industrial chemicals division. She has design and on the ground experience in mechanical and chemical manufacturing processes and information management systems.

As an experienced counsel to technology companies with the background of working in a multinational corporation, Ms. Clancy knows how to leverage litigation, privacy, and security issues to meet business goals.


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age, Harvard University (VPAL)
  • Top Women of the Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. Teaches a class on international intellectual property law and policy focusing on managing global patent strategies. (2008 -- Present).
  • Member K&L Gates Trial Academy
  • Chair Associate Development Committee, Boston Office of K&L Gates

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “New England Innovates: On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity,” New England Council, October 2019
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Confronting Threats & Safeguarding Energy and the Environment,” Environmental Law Institute, September 2019
  • Speaker, “CFPB Updates Regulation P Instituting Certain Exceptions From Annual Notice Requirements,” January 2019
  • Speaker, “Enforcing University and Institution Patent Rights in Today’s Challenging Environment,” June 2016
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Patents and IP for Technology Companies,” June 2010
  • “Here We Go Again - Proposed reforms to the patent system promise lawyers more reasons to litigate (with Thomas F. Holt, Jr.),” Legal Times, July 11, 2005
  • Court Considers Copyright Extension, Mass High Tech, October 2003

Additional Information

  • Court Considers Copyright Extension, Mass High Tech, October 2003
  • Represented Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world's leading agricultural processors, in a two week jury trial in the N.D.N.Y. on chemical de-icers and obtained defense verdict of no infringement.
  • Represented ADM in a patent infringement action in the D.N.J. concerning its isoflavone technology and obtained entry of a consent judgment that ADM’s patents were valid and infringed.
  • Represented ADM against a global company defending an infringement action in the N.D. Ill. concerning astaxanthin feed products. Obtained favorable settlement prior to trial.
  • Represented ADM in a patent infringement action in the D. Kan. concerning its Kansas Diamond® White Whole Wheat Flour.
  • Represented RiverBank in a trademark infringement action concerning its name in the D. Mass. and obtained summary judgment of no infringement.
  • Represented Aerofin Corp., a leading manufacturer of heat transfer equipment, in a patent infringement action in the D. Conn. and obtained settlement after favorable summary judgment on invalidity.
  • Represented National Fire Protection Association in a copyright infringement action in the N.D. Ill. and obtained favorable settlement with a payment made by plaintiff to K&L Gates’ client.
  • Represented Shurtape, a leading tape manufacturer, in a patent and trademark infringement action in the W.D.N.C. concerning its FrogTape® painter’s tape. The case settled favorably prior to trial.
  • Represented GT Advanced Technologies, a technology company producing advanced materials for the global solar, LED, and electronics industries, in a trade secret action concerning polysilicon production equipment in the D.N.H. The case settled favorably prior to trial.
  • Represented Portola Packaging, Inc., a leading producer of tamper-evident packaging, in a patent infringement action in the W.D. Pa. The case settled prior to trial with favorable terms to Portola.
  • Represented innovative recycling manufacturing company in various technology agreement negotiations, patent litigation and prosecution matters, and licensing issues.
  • Counseled diverse software company on various privacy and security issues including notification requirements.
  • Counseled leading manufacturer on privacy issues relating to vendor agreements.