Cara Pinto is an associate in the firm's Pittsburgh office. Cara is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice on various intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for utility and design patent applications. Cara works on trademark portfolio development and maintenance which includes trademark clearance, prosecution, protection, enforcement, and supporting portfolio management for clients ranging from multi-national to start-up companies across a variety of industries. Cara also assists in advising clients on the selection and registration of trademarks in the United States and abroad, proper trademark usage, and trademark protection for packaging. In addition, Cara advises on maintenance and enforcement issues, and litigates trademark opposition proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Cara deals with a wide range of technologies, including surgical techniques, medical devices, surgical staplers, surgical staples, electrosurgical instruments, harmonic scalpels, and portable travel equipment.
Cara's pro bono practice includes intellectual property counseling. Cara is also active with the firm's Protection from Abuse Act (PFA) Program where she helps clients in need of PFA orders.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pinto worked as an e-discovery attorney in Pittsburgh. During law school, Ms. Pinto interned with the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Ms. Pinto also worked as a legal research teaching assistant at Duquesne University School of Law, and worked as a patent engineering intern at IBM in Endicott, New York. Ms. Pinto also worked as a law clerk at an intellectual property boutique law firm in Pittsburgh. In addition, Ms. Pinto served on the executive board of the Duquesne Appellate Moot Court Board as the vice president.
- Named to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in Intellectual Property
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
- Duquesne Law Alumni Association
- Mentor for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program