After obtaining an engineering degree at Rutgers, Mr. Abate attended law school. He currently is a partner in the law firm of Goodwin Procter and is a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. He is a former president of both the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, and a current board member of the Federal Circuit Historical Society.
Mr. Abate is consistently recognized as one of the nation's foremost IP lawyers. U.S. News-Best Lawyers recognized him as its New York City patent litigation "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015. He has been continually recognized by Chambers USA, Who’s Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation’s foremost patent lawyers. The Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business states Mr. Abate is “a true gentleman and a fantastic trial lawyer,” notes he “is respected by the judges” and “is sought after for his lengthy experience before the ITC” and that clients “commend his winning combination of legal and technical expertise.”
He concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases, and has particular expertise in electronics, electrical devices, computers, computer software, financial systems, consumer products, and medical devices. Mr. Abate has brought cases to successful conclusions in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission and has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He began his career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Howard T. Markey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.