Attorney, Patriotic Millionaire
Patricia A. Martone is an attorney specializing in patent law who has practiced for
forty-six years. She lives and works in New York City. In 1983, when she became a
partner in the firm of Fish & Neave, she was the first woman in the United States
to become a partner in a major patent law firm.
Patricia spent thirty years as a patent trial lawyer and partner in the firms of Fish
& Neave, Ropes & Gray and Morrison & Foerster, representing global technology
companies in the United States, Japan and Europe. She developed a major
Japanese practice with clients including Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd, Ricoh Co. Ltd,
Hitachi Ltd., and Aisin AW. While at Ropes and Gray, she led the opening of the
firm’s first foreign office in Tokyo, Japan. For twenty-eight years she served as an
Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law where she taught
patent law and litigation. Patricia successfully tried some of the most famous
intellectual property cases of the time, including Polaroid v. Kodak and the NBA v.
She founded her own firm, the Law Office of Patricia A. Martone, P.C. upon her
retirement from Morrison & Foerster at the end of 2013. Patricia advises clients
on patent disputes and transactions and serves as an Arbitrator on the National
Roster of the American Arbitration Association, resolving disputes about
Patricia has been perennially ranked as a leading attorney by publications
including Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal. For 2019 her firm has
been ranked a Tier 1 firm for “Litigation-Patent” in Metropolitan New York City by
U.S. News -Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
Throughout her career, Patricia also handled litigation for indigent clients on a pro
bono basis, achieving a rare trial victory for the plaintiff in a prisoner’s rights case.
Patricia served on the Boards of the Legal Services Corporation of New York and
the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (“NYLPI”). She
was the Chair of the NYLPI Board from 1996-1998 and continues to serve on the
organization’s Emeritus Board.
Patricia is also actively involved in charitable organizations. She is currently on the
Board of the Center for Italian Modern Art in Soho, New York. For twenty years,
she was on the Board of the National Organization of Italian American Women,
ultimately serving as Chair of the Board. In the last five years, Patricia has become
active in political organizations, including Patriotic Millionaires. She is committed
to increasing the number of women in elective office and works with groups and
individual campaigns in support of that goal.
Patricia received the NOW-NYC Women of Power and Influence Award in 2009
and in 2006 was honored by NYLPI for service to the organization. In 2008 she
was honored by the New York City Council for her service to the Italian American
community in New York.
Patricia received her law degree in 1973 from the New York University School of
Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change
and received the Founder’s Day Award given to the top 10% of the graduating
class. In 1969, Patricia graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an M.A. in
Physical Chemistry. She attended Johns Hopkins on a National Science Foundation
Graduate Traineeship. Patricia received a B.A. degree in 1968 from New York
University’s Washington Square College, where she majored in chemistry.