• Blood Centrifugation

    Sunstein prosecuted blood centrifugation patents for Haemonetics Corporation, a leader in the field of blood processing. The patented technologies allow blood components to be collected and processed for life-saving transfusions.

  • Purification

    Innovations by DEKA Research increase the efficiency of water purification systems, while reducing power and maintenance requirements. International patent applications like the one Sunstein prepared for DEKA can lead to worldwide adoption of a useful technology – one that can supply the developing world with access to safe water.

  • Shaft/hub

    Custom Machine & Tool Co. invented a novel shaft/hub connection device for precise component positioning and tight run-out control in demanding torque transmission applications such as timing-belt pulleys. Rigorous engineering analyses, as shown, demonstrate the benefits of CMT’s invention compared to other connection systems. The patent Sunstein obtained bolsters CMT’s position in a crowded marketplace.

  • Intravascular Stent

    Sunstein prosecuted a patent for a new stent that retains high radial strength but is more flexible and easier to insert into a patient’s coronary artery. The Crown™ stent is the product of our client DEKA’s collaboration with Cordis Corp., a Johnson & Johnson company, to improve the design of the Palmaz-Schatz® stent, the first intravascular stent proven to reduce blockage in arteries.

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.

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.

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

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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