Francis C. Hand

Francis C. Hand

Francis C. Hand has been of counsel with the firm since April 2000. He was a partner in the patent law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon for over 20 years and later moved his practice from the patent firm of McAulay, Nissen, Goldberg, Kiel, and Hand in New York to our firm in New Jersey. He has broad experience prosecuting patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices, having obtained over 800 United States patents in an eclectic range of disciplines, winning numerous appeals, and successfully defending several Inter Partes Reexaminations.

Francis also has broad experience in the prosecution of trademark applications and has been a member of various committees of the International Trademark Association over several years. He has successfully litigated various patent infringement suits before the United States District Courts of New York, New Jersey, California, and North Carolina.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Past Member of the American Bar Association

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us

Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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