CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        John E. Ottaviani

        John, Chair of our Intellectual Property & Technology Group, concentrates his practice in protecting and enforcing trademarks and copyrights, in preparing and negotiating intellectual property licensing agreements, and in representing businesses and their owners. He regularly advises clients on trademark, copyright, domain name, and trade secret issues that arise in the physical world and on the Internet. He also works on the intellectual property aspects of business financing, acquisition and sale transactions. 

        John also has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating agreements for technology companies and for companies using technology in all industries.


        • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
        • Bowdoin College, A.B. Mathematics and Government, magna cum laude

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

        Practice Areas


        • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2018 as an expert in copyright and trademark law
        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
        • Recognized as a leading intellectual property and corporate attorney since 2008 by
          Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
        • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers
        • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Data & Information Technology 2018
        • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2015

        Professional Affiliations

        • American Bar Association
          • co-Chair Smart Contract and Blockchain Subcommittee
        • International Trademark Association
          • Publications Committee
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Business Organizations Committee (former Chair)
        • Massachusetts Bar Association

        Community Activities

        • Adoption Rhode Island
          • Board of Directors (former Board President)
        • Bowdoin Law Advisory Network
          • Member
        • Bowdoin College Alumni Club of RI
          • Member (former President)

        Representative Intellectual Property Experience

        • Managing trademark portfolios for trademark owners ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals, including determining availability of marks, preparing and filing applications to register marks, maintaining registrations, and enforcing trademark rights throughout the world.
        • Representing Rhode Island's largest not-for-profit museum in its trademark, domain name, licensing and reproduction programs.
        • Negotiating the multi-million dollar acquisition of a line of personal care products and related trademarks.
        • Shutting down a website and obtaining transfer of the domain name that infringed our client's trademarks and copyrights.
        • Establishing a copyright registration program to protect the constantly changing database of an online real estate listing service.
        • Enforcing the trademarks of an internationally-recognized modeling agency in federal court litigation.

        Representative Technology Experience

        • Preparing and negotiating software license agreements, website and software development agreements, application service provider agreements, software-as-a-service agreements, e-commerce agreements, GDPR agreements, outsourcing agreements, website terms and conditions of use, privacy policies, other online agreements, service and consulting agreements, and nondisclosure agreements.
        • Advising a financial institution on its GDPR compliance obligations.
        • Guiding a non-profit organization through the complex interaction of federal and state laws relating to charitable raffles on the Internet resulting in over $15 million being raised since inception.
        • Preparing online subscription agreements for an educational technology software company.
        • Updating privacy policies and terms of use for the websites of a publicly traded company and its affiliates.
        • Preparing supply agreements, distributor agreements and sales representative agreements for a technology manufacturing company.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements