Posts Tagged: "patent litigators"

Terry Ahearn and Stuart Bartow join Lewis Roca

Terry Ahearn and Stuart Bartow have joined the Silicon Valley office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP to lead the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice group in Northern California.

Hubbs, Enatsky & Auito Expands IP Law Firm in Northern Virginia and Japan

The firm has more than doubled in size with the addition of Darrin Auito, Hirotsuna Yamashita, Jessica Harrison, and James Judge. These new members bring many years of experience as counsel at top 25 law firms and examiners and senior level staff (SME and Central Reexamination Unit Supervisor) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (Chief Appeal Examiner and Director).

Kathi Vidal joins Winston & Strawn to Lead Silicon Valley Office

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce that prominent technology patent litigator, Kathi Vidal, will join the firm as managing partner of its Silicon Valley office and will be proposed as a member of its firmwide Executive Committee.

Reed Tech Rolls Out LexisNexis PatentOptimizer for Litigators

The original PatentOptimizer™ product was created by patent attorneys for patent attorneys in order to help provide internal well-tailored patent applications that are internally consistent. The goal of PatentOptimizer™ is to serve as a critical quality control check for drafted patent application, which helps ensure the filing of higher quality patent applications. The new PatentOptimizer for Litigators offering includes special tools to help litigators with claim construction arguments, locate Section 112 anomalies in the specification, and generate charts to illustrate patent infringement claims that are supported by a prior art analysis.

Patent Litigators Mark Howland and Sam Joyner Join Carrington Coleman in Dallas Office

Patent litigators Mark C. Howland and Samuel E. Joyner have joined the Dallas-based law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, marking an expansion of the firm’s existing intellectual property practice.

Patent Litigators Can Bring Patent Valuations Down to Earth

A patent litigator knows the ultimate truth about patents: their real value is only revealed in the gauntlet of litigation. In a bygone era, patents were reputed to have a statutory presumption of validity, the power to exclude by way of injunction, and the capacity to yield treble damages if an accused infringer were so wanton as to disregard a notice letter and fail to obtain an opinion of counsel. It was often unnecessary for a patent holder to flex its muscle by bringing suit to enforce its intellectual property rights. Instead, the arms-length Georgia-Pacific theoretical license negotiation might well have occurred even before the commencement of any infringement. Those days are over.

Largest Patent Settlement Scores $2.15 Billion for Pfizer, Takeda

The settlement comes after a nearly 10-year legal battle in which Pfizer and Nycomed (now part of Takeda) sought to enforce the patent for its blockbuster acid reflux medicine. Pfizer subsidiary Wyeth and Takeda will divide the proceeds of the settlement with Pfizer receiving $1.376 billion and Takeda receiving $774 million. Collectively, this $2.15 billion patent infringement settlement is the largest patent settlement in history, dwarfing the $1.7 settlement achieved by Johnson & Johnson in 2010 and the $1.35 billion settlement achieved by hall-of-fame inventor Dr. Gary Michelson against Medtronic in 2005.

Fish & Richardson Scores Patent Victory with Motions in Limine

So what is unique about this particular victory at the district court that caught my attention? The timing of the victory and circumstances surrounding the culmination of the case seemed peculiar to me. Moments before opening arguments were set to begin and after the jury had been selected ISE consented to entry of a judgment of non-infringement in favor of CBOE. ISE had been seeking over $400 million in actual damages and was requesting those damages be tripled. But why throw in the towel right before trial on a case that had already once gone up to the Federal Circuit? Fish & Richardson attributes the victory, and particularly the timing of the victory, to a strategy that involved a series of pre-trial motions, including motions in limine to exclude certain evidence at trial.

Managing Costs of Patent Litigation

It’s no secret patent litigation costs are immense. According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the cost of an average patent lawsuit, where $1 million to $25 million is at risk, is $1.6 million through the end of discovery and $2.8 million through final disposition. Adding insult to injury, more than 60% of all patent suits are filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs) that manufacture no products and rely on litigation as a key part of their business model. Patent litigation will always be costly, but by planning, preparing, assessing, narrowing and focusing – the attentive client or counsel may succeed in achieving some predictability and keeping costs to a minimum.

Patent Contingent Fee Litigation

In the last decade, a substantial market has begun to develop for contingent fee representation in patent litigation. Wiley Rein — a traditional general practice law firm with hundreds of attorneys practicing all areas of law — represented a small company, NTP, Inc., in its patent infringement lawsuit against Research in Motion, the manufacturer of the Blackberry line of devices. The lawsuit famously settled in 2006 for $612.5 million, and the press reported Wiley Rein received over $200 million because it handled the lawsuit on a contingent fee basis. And Wiley Rein is not alone in doing so. Many patent litigators around the country have migrated toward handling patent cases on a contingent fee basis.

An Exclusive Interview with Ray Niro, Part 2

Ray Niro is a nationally recognized trial attorney specializing in the enforcement of patent, trade secret and related intellectual property rights. The name Niro, however, is not like any other in the patent industry. It was as a consequence of a lawsuit one of his clients brought against Intel in 2001 that the term “patent troll” was coined. On March 12, 2012, Niro went on the record with me in an exclusive interview. We discussed many things, including the nearly constant attempts to erode patent rights, make it more difficult for patent owners to seek redress for infringement and what the America Invents Act will mean for patent litigation moving forward. We also discussed the undeniable reality that there are bad actors in the industry.

An Exclusive Interview with Ray Niro, Mr. Patent Litigation

Raymond P. Niro is patent litigator with tremendous experience and a reputation that is larger than life. To some he is a champion of independent inventors and small business community, frequent clients of his. To others he is nearly the definition of evil. It was as a consequence of a lawsuit one of his clients brought against Intel in 2001 that the term “patent troll” was coined. He has been trial counsel in literally hundreds of intellectual property cases, and since 1996, has won verdicts and settlements for his clients totaling more than $1 billion. On March 12, 2012, he went on the record for this exclusive interview.

What Will Prior User Rights Mean for Patent Litigators?

If you believe that prior user rights are insignificant and don’t deserve discussion you have permission to keep your head firmly planted in the sand. Everyone else keep reading. Think of all that will easily be fair game in discovery. The defendant has the burden of proof and controls the evidence. Judges are going to allow liberal discovery, particularly where the evidence is uniquely held by the defendant and cannot otherwise be obtained by the patentee. When things go wrong it will be the lawyers who are at the short end of the pitch-fork. Don’t let that be you!

How Private Investigators Help Patent Litigators

Patent litigation often turns on obscure and long-buried facts, and some private investigative firms are developing expertise that can help patent counsel – on both the defendant and plaintiff sides – find information to support and even shape litigation strategy. Below are five examples of common problems that patent counsel often face in contemplating, bringing or defending lawsuits, and how…