• Home Interface Controller

    Sunstein has prosecuted a portfolio of patents devoted to the emerging industry of interactive television. Our client ICTV has developed technology that enables cable television subscribers to receive video programming that allows them to interact with their television to play games, videos and music on demand; browse news, sports and weather; and view targeted interactive advertising.

  • Molecular Diagnostic System

    We obtained the patent for Source Precision Medicine’s molecular diagnostic system that measures cellular gene expression with significant precision to assess and track an individual’s current health, disease status and response to drug therapy, potentially a foundation for the future practice of medicine.

  • Acoustic Analysis of Bone

    Patents prosecuted by Sunstein protect technologies, including transient signal processing techniques developed by the Metra Biosystems division of Quidel Corp., that are used in compact ultrasonic devices to measure bone density as an aid in detecting osteoporosis.

  • Magnetization Technology

    Sunstein successfully negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of Comair Rotron, following a jury verdict that our client’s patent was infringed. The patent was directed to important magnetization technology for brushless DC electric motors.

Deep Patent & Trial Experience

Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Co.

We participated in the representation of Ariad, obtaining a $65 million jury verdict for infringement of our client’s patents for regulating NF-kappaB cell-signaling activity, the largest verdict in Massachusetts that year.

Comair Rotron v. Nippon Densan Corporation and Nidec Corporation

After securing a jury verdict of patent infringement, we negotiated a multimillion dollar settlement for our client Comair Rotron. The patent was directed to important magnetization technology for brushless DC electric motors.

In disputes over brand names, we have also delivered major successes to our clients.

Winning at IPRs

Motorola Mobility LLC, Google Inc., and Apple Inc. v. Arendi S.A.R.L.

Motorola, Google and Apple attacked the same patent as Samsung raising several additional grounds. Our arguments carried the day and the inter partes review was not instituted, freeing our client’s patent for unfettered assertion in court.

Spotlight on Patents

diagram1For our client Dr. Leslie Stern of Fall River, Massachusetts, we recently obtained US Patent No. 8,460,310, describing a medical device for use in minimally invasive spine surgery.

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