On June 12th, 13th and 15th, 2018, Sughrue Mion and Japan-based client NGB Corporation jointly hosted a series of seminars focusing on one of the highest trending topics in the world of Intellectual Property, Inter-Partes Review (IPR). Sughrue partners John Bird, Mark Boland, Steven Gruskin, Fadi Kiblawi, Jay Lytle, Bill Mandir, John Rabena and Keiko Takagi, and associate Roman Rachuba, conducted captivating lectures that provided basic knowledge of IPRs and reviewed relevant ground breaking cases, such as SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu (No. 16-969) and Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC (No. 16-712). John Bird and Jay Lytle, co-authors of The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials, published by the ABA, were excited to use their highly praised IPR treatise as an educational resource throughout the lectures. Held in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, respectively, each event was met with an eager audience who engaged in deep discussions about IPR practice and strategy with our attorney speakers. Thank you to NGB Corporation and to our Sughrue attorneys for such a successful outcome!
Sughrue Mion PLLC represented CRJ Inc., owned by retired Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr., in a successfully fought case against claims that its Ripken Performance Metrics (RPM) system (a programmable ball machine system for evaluating a player’s ability to field a baseball) infringed two patents. The RPM system operated with a FungoMan programmable ball machine that allowed the machine's operator to select how a baseball is launched based on a player’s skill level. The RPM system also included RFID technology that allowed the system to track a player’s performance. Zito LLC brought forward claims that the RPM System violated Zito’s '921 patent, issued in July 2008, and its '369 patent, issued in September 2016. Sughrue attorneys Bill Mandir, John Rabena, and Aiyda Cobb, however, proved that the RPM's RFID technology in the RPM System was used differently from what is described and claimed in the patents-in-suit. U.S. District Judge James Bredar in Baltimore, Maryland, granted summary judgment of no infringement for both Zito patents, earning Sughrue another big win.