• 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.

Exergen Corporation vs. Kaz, USA, Inc.

Sunstein lawyers won a $14.6M verdict for patent infringement following a two-week jury trial for our client Exergen, the people who pioneered the temporal artery thermometer.

Comair Rotron v. Nippon Densan Corporation and Nidec Corporation

After securing a judgment 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 Post Grant Proceedings

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.

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Spotlight on Patents

A recent patent we obtained for our client Nexsan, of Santa Clara, CA,  U.S. Patent No. 9218406 covers a private cloud storage system in which security is maintained by storing the data on devices (sold under the Transporter brand) of  individual users.  Data is shared on a peer-to-peer basis.  A central  server governs access based on user privileges without storing any of  the shared data. This patent has issued in one of the fields in which recent court rulings have been propelling rapid evolution of the law.

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  • The Federal Circuit rescues a pharma company from the “on-sale bar” where the drug batches it ordered more than one year before it applied for a patent were not legally saleable. Companies must nonetheless take pains to file patent applications as soon as possible.

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  • Recent trial court opinions can teach accused patent infringers what they can do to avoid being labeled willful and consequently tagged with enhanced damages. The lessons are valuable now that the Supreme Court has eased the standard for awarding such damages.

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  • Massachusetts has just introduced a tax credit program designed to stimulate investment in local high-tech startups.

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