Louis J. Virelli Jr. focuses his practice on patent and trademark matters in the United States and internationally. Lou’s background includes managing all aspects of complex, international, and multijurisdictional intellectual property (IP) litigation, developing and managing patent and trademark portfolios, in the US and globally; preparing patent and trademark clearances; conducting due diligence and valuation of patent and trademark portfolios; negotiating the IP terms of acquisition and divesture agreements; and negotiating and preparing licensing agreements.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Lou was senior vice president and general counsel-IP worldwide at Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products companies. In this position, he was directly responsible for and actively participated in numerous IP litigations and disputes against major competitors throughout the world. Lou was also responsible for more than 24,000 patents in Unilever’s patent portfolio and more than 150,000 trademarks. Prior to his 22–year career at Unilever, Lou was a partner in a Philadelphia IP firm, where he specialized in litigation.
The former board member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and former president of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, Lou frequently lectures on IP issues, including international IP law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution at professional conferences, and Fordham Law School in New York.
University of Tennessee College of Law, 1972, J.D.
Villanova University, 1970, B.S.E.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Numerous U.S. District Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, Chambers Guide to UK Legal Profession – Top In House Lawyers