• 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.

Patents. Juries. Success.

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.

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.

Our successful advocacy extends to patent reexaminations and interferences.

Winning at Post Grant Proceedings

Apple Inc., Google Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC v. Arendi S.A.R.L.

We won a rare Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of an IPR decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which had invalidated our client’s patent claims. The Federal Circuit accepted our argument that the Board had improperly relied on a “common sense” observation to invalidate Arendi’s patent.

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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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Our Latest Thinking

  • Brandon Scruggs

    Patentees have long had their choice of courts in which to file infringement lawsuits, often seeking advantage in the Eastern District of Texas. The Supreme Court has now drastically curtailed where an allegedly infringing corporation can be sued.

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  • Bruce D. Sunstein

    The patent office had taken a sweeping view of which business-method patents in the financial industry were subject to validity challenges under the America Invents Act. This expansiveness oversteps legal bounds, declares the Federal Circuit.

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  • Kerry L. Timbers

    A license negotiated to settle a patent infringement lawsuit can be used to quantify “reasonable royalty” damages in a later patent suit. The Federal Circuit provides guidelines.

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  • Bruce D. Sunstein

    Patentees with global aspirations should file in China given the country’s economic might and its enhanced protections for intellectual property.

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  • Dorothy Wu Chiang

    The on-sale bar continues to be a strict obstacle to the patentability of inventions that have experienced certain commercial activity, despite some seemingly softer language in the America Invents Act.

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  • Thomas C. Carey

    Cybersecurity is of deep concern to state law enforcement, as illustrated by a consent judgment that imposes strict measures on Target Corp. to improve customer-data protection.

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  • Lawrence M. Green

    Once a patent owner sells a patented product anywhere in the world, it can no longer exert patent rights to control the use or resale of that product, the Supreme Court says.

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