Philadelphia, PA | January 2017 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that Ling Zhong, Ph.D. has become a Shareholder of the firm. Ling joined the firm as an Associate in 2010 and has most recently held the position of Counsel. She has practiced all aspects of intellectual property law since 2000, with particular expertise in patent procurement, portfolio management, opinions on patentability, patent validity, patent infringement and freedom-to-operate, IP licensing agreements, and patent litigation in life sciences.
Posted: January 15th, 2017 under Press Release.
Washington, D.C. | November 2016 – Sunjeev Sikand was selected to speak on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable 1 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on November 14, 2016. Mr. Sikand made three recommendations to improve the USPTO’s existing subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples. Recent decisions from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have significantly impacted patent eligibility law and continue to generate substantial public debate.
Posted: November 15th, 2016 under Press Release.
Philadelphia, PA | November 2016 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy will appear as a panelist in a Capitol Hill briefing addressing the importance to the U.S. economy of the Bayh-Dole Act. Mr. O’Shaughnessy also serves as President and Chair of the Board of the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc. The Policy Briefing, which will also feature Joseph P. Allen, Former U.S. Senate Judiciary Counsel for Sen. Birch Bayh; and Stephen J. Susalka, Executive Director, Assn. of University Technology Managers (AUTM), will be held in the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building, Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM, and will be hosted by the Eagle Forum.
Posted: November 14th, 2016 under Press Release.
Philadelphia, PA | November 2016 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce the accomplishments of two Shareholders making headlines in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and Licensing Executives Society (LES) circuits.
Posted: November 3rd, 2016 under Press Release.
Philadelphia, PA | October 2016 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy has been elected President and Chairman of the Board of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES). The election was held at the Society’s Business Meeting of the LES Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., October 24, 2016. His one-year term commences at the close of the Annual Meeting, October 26th.
Posted: October 28th, 2016 under Press Release.
Philadelphia, PA | September 2016 – Jonathan H. Spadt, RatnerPrestia President and CEO, will be speaking at The Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Series Meeting in Paris on October 14, 2016. Mr. Spadt is a member of the Global Series Committee and will be presenting with a group of high level speakers during the Session: Special Issues Concerning International Licensing of Intellectual Property, including Antitrust, Standard Essential Patents and International Exhaustion.
Posted: September 12th, 2016 under Press Release.
Philadelphia, PA | August 2016 – We are pleased to announce that we have moved our Pennsylvania office to 2200 Renaissance Boulevard, Suite 350, King of Prussia, PA 19406. It has been a busy year for RatnerPrestia on the real estate front. This new PA location is one of the three moves by RP within the last twelve months; we also moved our Washington, D.C. office to a larger location and opened a new office in Munich, Germany. We are now positioned to accommodate future growth and continue to provide excellent client service within our state of the art facilities.
For more information about the move or for questions regarding administrative logistics, please contact Barbara Foley at 610-407-0700.
RatnerPrestia is a law firm expert in all things IP. The Firm handles procurement, enforcement, licensing, commercialization, global strategic IP planning, and all related business aspects of IP. The Firm has attorneys experienced and successful in all relevant U.S. and German agencies and tribunals, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, The German Patent Office, The European Patent Office, The U.S. International Trade Commission, and Federal Courts, both trial and appellate, in both the U.S. and Germany. With clients based around the world, RP understands that IP is global. For additional information, visit www.RatnerPrestia.com.
Posted: August 25th, 2016 under Press Release.
In a combined opinion for two cases, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (No. 14–1513) and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc.(No. 14–1520), a unanimous Supreme Court rejected the two-part test for awarding enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. The Federal Circuit had pronounced this test nearly a decade ago in In re Seagate Technology, LLC, 497 F. 3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (en banc). Finding the Seagate test inconsistent with the statute, the Supreme Court broadly endorsed the free exercise of discretion by district courts in deciding whether an enhanced damages award is appropriate.
Posted: June 21st, 2016 under Case Law Update.
Supreme Court: 1) Upholds Use of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation during Inter Partes Review; and 2) Affirms that Inter Partes Review Institution Decisions are Not Appealable
Written by: Christopher H. Blaszkowski
On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a long awaited opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 579 U. S. ____ (2016). In its opinion, the Supreme Court squarely sided with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, approving of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) use of the broadest reasonable interpretation to interpret patent claims during inter partes reviews (“IPR”) The Supreme Court also affirmed that the PTAB’s decision to institute an IPR is not appealable, even where the PTAB considers prior art or arguments outside of the original IPR petition in deciding to institute an IPR. The Supreme Court unanimously decided the broadest reasonable interpretation issue, while a 6-2 vote supported the appealability issue.
Posted: June 21st, 2016 under Case Law Update.
President Obama has signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating new federal civil jurisdiction for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Act defines trade secrets broadly as something that the owner took reasonable measures to keep secret and which has economic value due to the secrecy. In addition to providing a new basis of jurisdiction, the Act also allows the government to seize any documents or other materials from the misappropriating party without notice. Intended to limit the spread of any trade secret upon the filing of a complaint, the seizure provision offers a powerful tool to parties whose trade secrets have been misappropriated. The new federal civil jurisdiction does not replace the previously-existing criminal or state jurisdictions, but runs in parallel, providing another alternative for those who wish to protect their trade secrets.
Posted: May 12th, 2016 under Trade Secret.