Furgang & Adwar, LLP

Furgang & Adwar, LLP

7 employees
23 years in business

About this pro

Philip Furgang is a founding partner of Furgang & Adwar, LLP. He represents clients across all areas of intellectual property law, with a special focus on complex patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters, including litigation. He leverages his background in electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering and extensive cross-disciplinary legal experience.

He represents his clients in all other aspects of intellectual property law, including licensing, litigation, intellectual property evaluation and purchase of major corporate assets, major project computer systems, advertising agreements, software agreements, non-disclosure "work for hire" agreements, settlement and release agreements, employment agreements, contracts for the performance of scientific research and to settle litigation, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, transactional work, internet and e-commerce, advertising review, antitrust, and international transactions. He has a strategic and tactical ability that melds the law with the practical business realities and necessities of competing in a new highly fluid environment. He has advised business and law firms with respect to the strategies and tactics of starting new Internet businesses and litigating in a modern environment.

Mr. Furgang contributes his expertise to the bettering of the practice of his colleagues in intellectual property law and legal ethics through publications, lectures, and by his leadership in professional organizations.

He serves and has served in multiple capacities in such organizations as the New York State Bar Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the International Trademark Association. He is:

     a past president of the Rockland County Bar Association;

     a past member of the Leadership Committee of the International Trademark Association;

     a representative of the New York State Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law and of the Patent Committee of the New York City Bar Association to the United States-European Patent Office Liaison Counsel 

     a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association;

     a founder, with others, of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association;

     a member of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association;

     a past Chair of the Patent Committee and current co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the New York State Bar Association; and

     a former Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

He is a frequently an invited speaker to lecture to lawyers on intellectual property law, intellectual property law litigation tactics, and legal ethics before such professional organizations as the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association; the International Trademark AssociationNew York Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association, American Law Institute, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the New York State Bar Association's Section on Intellectual Property Law.

He has been interviewed as an expert by national and international broadcast news channels, including NBC, CNBC, CNN, WABC-Eyewitness News, the German First Channel, and the BBC, as well as by publications including the Wall Street Journal.

Among other honors and awards, Mr. Furgang is a "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Law an honor reserved for only five percent of all lawyers, 2007 through 2020. ; he has received an "AV Preeminent" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, indicating the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability as determined by peers. He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.


  • New York University, School of Law (JD)
  • New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering (BEE)
  • Brooklyn College, City University of New York (BA)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Appearances before various US District Courts in 13 other states and the International Trade Commission

Charitable Organization

  • The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights - Member of the Board of Directors and pro bono Intellectual Property Law counsel.

The ability to assist businesses, startups, and individuals to preserve, protect, license, and defend their intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and franchising  

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

At a first consultation I answer all of the client's questions.  I also explain the law as it affects the client's intellectual property rights and provide estimates of the costs of the steps the client desires to take and make recommendations on how, in my opinion, is the best way for the client to proceed. The consultation can be in any one of our three offices (New York City, White Plains, West Nyack), or via e-mail, telephone, or WhatsApp.

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