• X-Ray Inspection System

    Sunstein prosecutes patents for AS&E, an industry leader in advanced detection systems, which sells products employing sophisticated x-ray imaging technology used to inspect cargo and vehicles at ports of entry for explosives and contraband.

  • Programmable Switch

    Sunstein patents protect integrated circuits, such as the synchronous switch post rotator shown here, that our clients have developed for innovative applications in computer, automotive, manufacturing and testing industries.

  • iBOT® Mobility System

    For renowned inventor Dean Kamen, Sunstein obtained patents for the iBOT® Mobility System sold by Independence Technology (a division of Johnson & Johnson), which allows the physically challenged to climb stairs and traverse uneven terrain, and, notably, to raise themselves to the level of standing persons.

  • LAV Valve

    Sunstein won a jury verdict for Abbott Laboratories and NP Medical, defeating a multi-million dollar patent infringement claim relating to intravenous valve devices. The verdict and judgement of non-infringement were affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Patents. Juries. Success.

Some of our wins include:

Abbott Laboratories v Syntron Bioresearch, Inc.

In a case involving immunoassay technology, we obtained a jury verdict of patent infringement and a permanent injunction on behalf of Abbott Laboratories.

Gates Formed-Fibre Products, Inc. v. Delaware Valley Corp.

By persuading a jury that the patents in suit were invalid, we successfully defended our client against accusations of infringement concerning a process for making fused-back automotive carpeting.

Comair Rotron, Inc. v Matsushita Electric Corp. of America

We obtained a $25 million jury verdict against industry giant Panasonic for willful infringement of our client Comair’s patents on fans for electronic equipment.

Our successful advocacy extends to patent reexaminations and interferences.

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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  • The Supreme Court curtails the Federal Circuit’s long-running practice of considering claim construction anew on appeal. Greater deference to trial judges must now be shown.

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  • Patent validity can be challenged both in the Patent Office and in court. Isn’t it confusing if a different standard of claim construction applies in each forum? The Federal Circuit is unperturbed.

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  • In the wake of Supreme Court rulings unfriendly to software patents, the Federal Circuit sends out a ray of hope that not all such inventions can be rejected as abstract ideas.

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  • Premature public use of an invention can deprive an inventor of the right to a patent. What happens if the public use results from foul play by secretive villains? The Federal Circuit answers that question.

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  • Recent developments in trademark law involve .sucks domain names; “tacking” of variant marks; preclusive effect of TTAB rulings; and Romanian soccer.

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  • The preparation of course packs for college students raises thorny fair-use questions under copyright law, thornier still when state universities are involved.

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