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 past-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 and the NYC Engelberg Center on innovation and Law Policy.
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 and 2017. Chambers USA refers to him as "a zealous advocate and excellent litigator with a warm disposition" and "an accomplished and respected patent litigator" and notes he "is respected by judges," "sought after for his lengthy experience beofre the ITC" and "has superb judgment, is a strategic thinker, and a master in technical matters." IAM Patent Litigation 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals refers to Mr. Abate as "a most sought-after trial lawyer." He was voted by his peers as one of the world's leading patent lawyers in the Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts (Managing Intellectual Property), in the Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, in IAM Patent Litigation 250 - World's Leading Patent Litigators 2011, and in IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals, 2014-2018.
He concentrates his practice on trials and appeals of patent infringement cases, and has particular expertise in electronics, computers, software, consumer products, financial systems, and electrical, mechanical, 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 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.