Deep Patent & Trial Experience
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.
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.
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.
In the News
We delivered a win for our client American Science and Engineering in an interference proceeding against its competitor Rapiscan Systems. The proceeding secured a judgment that AS&E held priority of invention over Rapiscan of certain detection technology used in personnel scanners. The outcome effectively cancels a Rapiscan patent on this technology and clears the way for AS&E’s patent application directed to technology invented at AS&E for security screening applications. More. . .
This semester, Steve Saunders is a guest lecturer at Boston University’s “Product Design and Innovation in Biomedical Engineering,” and “Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market” courses.
Bruce Sunstein was honored to participate in a meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye. President Park invited some of America’s foremost entrepreneurial leaders to participate in “The Leaders’ Meeting for a Creative Economy” to provide ideas for boosting South Korea’s economy through entrepreneurial activity and development of new technologies.
Lisa Tittemore was named among “The Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts” (Boston Magazine, April 2013). Lisa is one of only nine women recognized in the area of intellectual property litigation.
Meredith Ainbinder has been honored with an Excellence in Law award by The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Ainbinder was chosen in the Up and Coming Lawyers category.
Our Latest Thinking
- What is the future for the patent protection of computer-related inventions? Recent Federal Circuit opinions portend unwarranted difficulties in stepping over the patent-eligibility threshold. More...
- Licensing your standard-essential patents: Federal courts and agencies have been busily defining the benefits and pitfalls of such agreements and calculating the royalties that they may generate. More...
- An accused infringer’s ace in the hole? An epic brawl proves that patent reexamination can overcome courtroom losses, even at the eleventh hour. More...
- No turning back – Voluntary surrender of a trademark registration is irreversible. More...
A federal appeals court recently upheld a decision ordering Verizon to pay over $260 million to ActiveVideo Networks for patent infringement. Verizon will be responsible for paying future royalties as well. The patents are for interactive TV technology that SUNSTEIN attorneys Bruce Sunstein, Robert Asher and John Stickevers prosecuted for ActiveVideo.
SUNSTEIN recently brought a successful conclusion to its defense of MacNeill Engineering against patent infringement claims asserted by its competitors. More. . .