Walter B. Welsh

An established IP attorney and engineer that advises clients on implementing profitable IP protection strategies. He is consistently successful at the USPTO and has a reputation for aggressively and effectively enforcing his clients’ IP rights. He strives to increase the value of his client’s business, make their job easier, and reduce their costs.

Walter regularly travels throughout the United States and Internationally to meet with clients and colleagues to implement strategies for effective identification, protection, and enforcement of IP rights. He lives in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and children and enjoys cycling.

Education and Admissions

  • D. University of Connecticut, 2006
  • S. Tufts University, Mechanical Engineering, 2001
  • USPTO, Connecticut, New York,

Representative Technologies

  • Mechanical and Material Arts
  • Software and computer systems
  • Brand protection and anticounterfeiting

Representative Patent Prosecution Clients

  • High performance additive manufacturer serving biomedical, aerospace, and industrial markets.
  • Distributor and supplier of pro audio equipment and accessories.
  • Robotics equipment manufacturer.

Representative Litigation Matters

  • RegenLab USA LLC v. Estar Tech. Ltd. Et al, (patent)
  • Doctor’s Associates, Inc. v. King & Prince Corp, (trademark)
  • Novadaq Tech. Inc. v. Karl Storz GmbH, (trademark)
  • MedPricer v. Karl Storz Endoscopy Am., Inc., (commercial)
  • Tommie Copper, Inc. v. Ideavillage Products Corp., (trademark)


The Whitmyer IP Group (WHIPgroup) is a full-service, global IP law firm. We are counsel to some of the most well-known IP owners in the world.

Clients come to us for our technical and legal expertise, and we leverage our skills with advanced technology to efficiently solve complex IP problems. Every IP specialty is well represented at the firm with physicists, mechanical, civil, electrical, biomedical and chemical engineers, computer scientists, brand managers, and trademark attorneys.

WHIPgroup attorneys have a wealth of experience in counseling clients and prosecuting large, international patent and trademark portfolios. We are experts with PTAB appeals and were recognized as one of the most active firms in the country for PTAB trial work. Our attorneys clear, register, and maintain trademarks, and regularly handle opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB. We have long-standing relationships with associates throughout the world to support us in asserting our clients’ global IP rights.

WHIPgroup attorneys also enforce patents and trademarks in litigations around the country. We have developed efficient litigation strategies for winning big cases. Our litigation successes inform our prosecution insights, and vice versa. This combined skill set yields superior IP protection for our clients in a cost-effective manner.

From high-stakes patent litigation to global brand management, we have a track record of providing exceptional representation for sophisticated clients.

Michael J. Fritz

Michael Fritz practices in the area of business, finance and real estate.

Michael’s business and corporate practice consists of representing private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other business entities in connection with a variety of commercial transactions, including, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, distressed investments and private placements.  Michael also represents clients in the capacity as “outside general counsel”, advising on matters such as business formation, corporate governance, business operations, commercial contracting and other general corporate matters.  His clients are in a broad range of industries including real estate, healthcare, technology, financial services and manufacturing.

In his finance practice, Michael represents borrowers, commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, and other lending institutions in connection with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial, asset-based, and acquisition financing transactions.  He also has experience representing senior and junior lenders in connection with drafting and negotiating intercreditor and subordination arrangements.

Michael’s real estate practice focuses on transactional commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, development and disposition of real estate assets, mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity investments, and the formation of joint ventures. Michael also has significant experience representing borrowers and lenders in connection with working out and restructuring distressed real estate loans and investments.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer RISING STAR®: Business/Corporate, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut

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Shipman & Goodwin’s value lies in our commitment — to our clients, to the law and to the community.

We have one goal: to help our clients achieve their goals. How we accomplish it is simple: we devote our considerable experience and depth of knowledge to understand each client’s unique needs, business and industry, and then we develop solutions to meet those needs.

For more than 90 years, clients have turned to us when they need a trusted advisor. With our invaluable awareness of each client’s challenges, we can counsel them at every step — to keep their operations running smoothly, help them navigate complex business transactions, position them for future growth, or resolve business disputes. We handle the most sophisticated assignments while being responsive and attentive to each client.  The success of our clients is of primary importance to us and our attorneys are skilled in the practice areas and industry sectors critical to that success.

With more than 175 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, New York and in Washington, DC, we serve the needs of local, regional, national and international clients. Our clients include public and private companies, institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Mark W. Heaphy

Mark is a nationally recognized outsourcing lawyer and is Chair of the firm’s Outsourcing and Technology Practice Group and Co-chair of the India Practice Group, where he counsels clients in complex international transactions related to outsourcing, software, robotics, and the cloud.

Mark has significant expertise in all aspects of sourcing and procurement, from the initial RFP through implementation, go-live, and beyond. Clients rely on Mark to help them structure and negotiate complex commercial relationships and outsourcing strategies throughout the world.

He has worked on hundreds of sole-sourced and competitively bid transactions, including business process and information outsourcing, robotics and digital automation, software development and licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and distribution and cross-border technology transfers. Mark also helps clients navigate the complex web of global privacy and security regulations and mitigate cyber threats and related data security challenges.

Mark is regularly honored in Best Lawyers in America for technology law and is ranked nationally by Chambers USA. He frequently lectures on outsourcing, licensing, and privacy issues and also served as an adjunct professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac School of Law for more than a decade, where he taught intellectual property, computer law, and the law of cyberspace.

Mark earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, his M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in Philosophy and International Relations from the College of William and Mary.


– University of Virginia School of Law  (J.D., 1996)

– Yale University  (M.A., 1993)

– College of William & Mary  (B.A., 1990)

* Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

– Connecticut

Memberships and Affiliations

– American Bar Association

* International Law and Practice Section

* Intellectual Property Law Section

* Science and Technology Section

– Connecticut Bar Association

– International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Paul Levin

Attorney Levin has been admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut since 1989 and in New York Federal district court since 1992. 

He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The Connecticut Bar association and the National Association for for American Justice. Prior to establishing his own law firm Attorney Levin was associated with the Hartford, CT based law firm or Calvocoressi & Gale.

Attorney Levin is rated by AVVO ( Independent Lawyer Research Organization) as “Superb” and has recently been recognized by Hartford Magazine as a Top Personal Injury lawyer in the Greater Hartford, CT area ( 2010) . 

He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The Connecticut Bar association and the National Association for for American Justice.

While in law school which was attended at California Western School of Law in San Diego, Mr. Levin was admitted to the National order of Barristers for mock trial and moot court accomplishments in numerous competitions across the country. 

An undergraduate Bachelors degree was earned with a major in accounting in 1985 from Nova University, located in Davie, Florida.

Attorney Levin has focused his legal practice in the area of Personal injury achieving significant Jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who brought cases related to medical malpractice, products liability, Construction and serious motor vehicle accidents. Also, do to a longstanding commitment to workers rights and the familiarity with workers compensation issues, serious injuries falling into this category are also accepted. 

Attorney Levin has only lost one case tried to a Jury in twenty(22) years of practice. Attorney Levin has won substantial verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, products liability, construction injury, automobile and trucking accident cases, some of which may be viewed by clicking the “verdicts and settlements”link on the website

Attorney Levin is a member of the American Bar Association,The Connecticut Bar Association, The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and The Association For American Justice.

Statewide help for all Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers’ Compensation matters is a click or telephone call away. 

We are regularly retained to prosecute serious and complex Connecticut personal injury and work safety matters with residents from not only Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex Counties but New London, New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. Satellite conference facilities are available to meet you near where you live throughout Connecticut for this purpose. 

In addition, we have developed an extensive network of local-based counsel in virtually all regions of Connecticut to service you should that be your preference and as you might imagine a client referral will engender a significant effort by the receiving attorney to make sure that you are satisfied with how your case is handled.

Global Law Experts has selected attorney Paul Levin as its designated personal injury and accident expert in the State of Connecticut.