Our experience is extensive. We have won trials in the federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Federal Claims on a wide range of technologies. We also are experienced appellate advocates with a winning record at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Most IP disputes are fought in federal district court. We have won bench trials and jury trials in district courts from coast to coast. We have tried patent cases on various technologies ranging from pharmaceuticals (“Hatch-Waxman” litigation) to transistor drive circuits and many in between. We also have district court trial experience in copyright cases and other IP-related matters.
International Trade Commission (ITC)
Many patent owners turn to the ITC to block their adversaries from importing competing goods into the U.S. The ITC has its own set of rules and, compared to most district courts, has lightening-fast proceedings. ITC strategy differs from the typical district court playbook. Lawyers who lack ITC experience fall behind quickly. We have a proven track record at the ITC, where we have tried cases for EPROM manufacturers, LCD display panel circuit designers, and mobile handset manufacturers, to name a few.
Court of Federal Claims (CFC)
The CFC is where patent owners assert claims against the U.S. government, which is the world’s largest technology consumer. If the Department of Defense, NASA, National Institutes of Health, or any other government agency practices your patent without a license, it must compensate you. This is where we come in. Two of our lawyers worked at the Department of Justice defending the U.S. in patent disputes. Few IP litigators have any experience in the CFC, let alone an insider’s view and CFC trial experience. Our team knows the federal agencies and their regulations, the DOJ lawyers, the CFC judges, and all the nuances of battling the government on patent issues. If you have a patent claim against the government, this is the team you want.
Our team has technical degrees and industry experience in computer science, electrical engineering, biology, biochemistry, and aerospace engineering. We have a passion for technology and we pride ourselves on being fast learners as well as excellent teachers.
We have experience litigating patents that relate to nearly every stage of semiconductor design and fabrication, including MEBES technologies, mask process optimization, wafer preparation, deposition, lithography, etching, dummy metal planarization, and CMP. Our work has taken us to many of the mask houses and fabs in Silicon Valley, Hsinchu, Singapore, and China.
In the world of e-commerce, we have a track record of success. Our experience includes defending internet technologies for brochure generation, personalized and targeted advertisements, loyalty and reward program administration, mortgage crowdsourcing, and real time auction management, to name a few.
Our pharmaceutical experience includes Hatch-Waxman litigation on NCE patents, method of use patents, formulation patents, manufacturing patents, and dosage patents. We have worked on a wide range of pharma products, including anti-coagulants, anti-cholesterol agents, epilepsy drugs, and treatments for AIDS, hypertension, insomnia, severe pain, asthma, and osteoporosis (selective estrogen receptor modulators and bisphosphonates).
Medical Devices/Life Sciences
Our experience in the medical device and life sciences industries includes litigation and counseling in the following technologies: cardiac stents, pediatric ventilators, DNA microarrays, genetic testing for iron-deficiency disorders, Hepatitis-C testing, HIV testing, nucleic acid synthesis, polymerase chain reaction and DNA fingerprinting, plasma sterilization, and implants for plastic surgery.
Our experience litigating software patents includes asserting and defending claims on computer architecture emulation patents, advanced control system patents, digital post box patents, collision avoidance algorithm patents, remote desktop control patents, and customer relationship management patents.
Mechanical Devices and Manufacturing
We have litigated a wide range of mechanical device patents, including hydraulic door closers, flange connectors for building construction, manufacturing control systems, automobile air bags detonation devices, cutting jigs, ventilation system motors, and laser-assisted manufacturing systems, among others.
Our exposure to military technology comes primarily from our former DOJ attorneys who, between them, spent nearly a decade defending various Defense Department programs in patent litigation. This experience includes: ship-board tactical data systems, hovercraft technology, satellite stabilization systems, Kevlar helmet manufacturing, bomb-proof shelters, night vision equipment, solar cells, munitions, and laser technology, among others.
Litigation is notoriously unpredictable and expensive. But it doesn't have to be. Our goal is to provide you with billing options that allow you to predict and control your costs while creating incentives for efficiency. Many firms today pay lip service to alternative billing, but few have embraced it. We cannot promise a perfect billing solution for every situation. But we can offer great flexibility in tailoring our approach to your situation. For example, in addition to routine hourly rates, we have offered our clients:
- Flat fees
- Monthly retainers
- Blended rates
- Contingency fees
- Discount plus success bonus
For more than 6 years, I have trusted Ed and Marina to protect my patented technology and keep infringers away. They are efficient and effective; they get the job done with minimum cost.
I have admired and learned from Ed Rice and James Hopenfeld since the early 1990s when I worked with them at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ed and James are two of the smartest, hardest working, and most thoughtful attorneys I know. Both have a deep knowledge of and passion for the intricacies and strategies of patent law and litigation, which is evidenced by their superb written and oral advocacy. I applaud their innovative strategies for efficiently staffing patent cases to achieve maximum success for their clients at a reasonable cost.