Herbert F. Schwartz
In Memoriam (1935-2014)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired partner Herbert F. Schwartz, who died July 15.
Herb was one of the leading intellectual property trial lawyers of his generation, a trailblazer in the development of intellectual property law, and a mentor and colleague to hundreds of lawyers and law students who learned from him.
After receiving his degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957, he received an M.A. in business and an L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He was a partner at Fish & Neave from 1971 to 2004, serving as managing partner from 1985 until 1991. He continued as a partner when the firm merged with Ropes & Gray in 2005 until his retirement in 2007. Herb served as lead trial counsel in many cases for such prominent companies as Polaroid, Purdue Pharma, AstraZeneca, Digital Equipment and Motorola, among many others. His landmark victory for Polaroid against Eastman Kodak preserved Polaroid’s exclusive position in instant photography. He was recognized for his courtroom excellence by being elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition to his litigation accomplishments, Herb worked outside the courtroom to advance the law, having served as a professor at both Penn and NYU law schools and as a 25-year member of the American Law Institute. He was the principal author of Patent Law and Practice, an oft-cited treatise originally prepared for use by federal judges.
- LLB, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1964; Order of the Coif; Editor, Law Review
- MA (Applied Economics), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1964
- BSEE (Electrical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957