Conor McDonough | Gish PLLC
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Conor  McDonough


  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.), 2009
  • University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., Neuroscience), 2006
  • Bowdoin College (A.B. Neuroscience), 1999


  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Conor McDonough

Tel: (212) 518-2620
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Conor is an enthusiastic polymath, and holds a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.  He brings scientific aptitude and intellectual curiosity to bear on the resolution of complex legal disputes involving patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights.

Conor has a broad range of experiences representing clients in intellectual property litigation in federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and in post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  His work has included disputes involving an array of cutting-edge technologies such as LTE cellular radio hardware, wireless networking, cybersecurity, and non-volatile memory.  He has also represented clients in high-stakes disputes involving biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.  His intellectual curiosity and scientific aptitude allow him to quickly digest and present clear distillations of complex technical material. 

Selected representations include:
  • representing a biotechnology company in a dispute regarding nucleotide and amino acid sequence analysis, flow cytometry experiments and other antibody affinity analyses;
  • successfully resolving a patent dispute regarding biometric data access and mobile payments technologies;
  • securing summary judgment victory and favorable settlement in Digital Millennium Copyright Act litigation regarding a cybersecurity testing platform;
  • BPCIA litigation on behalf of a biotechnology company regarding filgrastim and pegylated filgrastim;
  • representing a major technology company in an ITC investigation regarding LTE physical layer radio properties and functions;
  • a FRAND dispute regarding Wi-Fi and video compression standard-essential patents;
  • a class action representation of Sudanese refugees victimized by Darfur genocide.
Prior to joining Gish PLLC, Conor was an associate in the patent litigation practice groups at Ropes & Gray LLP and at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Beyond IP litigation, Conor has represented clients in class action matters involving human rights, consumer protection, and employment disputes.  He also has extensive pro bono experience, including immigration work on behalf of LGBTQ asylum applicants, as well as advising STEM education and submersible robotics organizations.

Conor is an avid photographer, woodworker, a budding technical diver, novice electric guitarist, and a devoted dad.