• 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.

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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  • Not surprising, but no less alarming: Following the lead of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, the Federal Circuit lowers the boom on yet another software patent.

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  • Dolly the cloned sheep is denied patent protection, a sign of narrowing eligibility for innovations deemed to be products of nature.

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