Patent Office Trials Blog
  • August 01, 2019

                    Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce that Sughrue Partner, Fadi Kiblawi, has joined the firm’s Tokyo office. 

                    Fadi brings with him a wealth of knowledge as a member of the firm’s litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and prosecution practice groups.  Fadi has litigated cases in federal district courts across the country, representing Japanese companies in the most popular patent venues from California to Texas to Delaware.  He has also been counsel on over 40 inter partes reviews before the PTAB, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners.  Fadi began his career prosecuting patent applications from among the world’s largest technology companies, and continues to handle a significant prosecution docket including high priority standards-related and targeted applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

                  “For over half a century, Sughrue has provided legal services to Japanese companies on the full range of intellectual property matters,” said the firm’s Managing Partner, John F. Rabena.  “With Fadi’s extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law, he is the perfect fit to continue this tradition and best serve our clients in Japan and across Asia.”

                    “Fadi’s move to Tokyo will greatly benefit Sughrue’s clients in Japan, giving them direct and convenient access to legal counseling founded on his comprehensive background in U.S. patent law, from prosecution to litigation, including inter partes reviews,” according to Yoshinari Kishimoto, Managing Partner of the firm’s Tokyo office.

                   Fadi adds: “Japanese companies continue to be among the world’s greatest innovators and technology exporters, and no firm is better equipped than Sughrue Mion to help these companies navigate the legal challenges in the United States.  I am thrilled by the opportunity to directly work hand-in-hand with the firm’s clients to protect their rights in the United States.”

                   Fadi earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.  His patent practice includes litigation, prosecution, PTAB proceedings, legal opinions, due diligence reviews, and licensing negotiations.

  • 7/11/2019

    Building a patent portfolio which can be utilized for monetization and surviving multiple invalidity challenges are important for entrepreneurs and companies, both of large and small. Strong patents are even more important in the life science space where a product is covered by a relatively small number of core patents and a very long R&D period is required prior to launching a product in the market.  This lecture will go through how a patent portfolio can be and should be aligned with business activities including from R&D to marketing in life science space and provide a case study of a blockbuster drug.

    The lecture will take place on July 11th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Sughrue's Washington, D.C. Office (9th floor). For more information, Click here.

  • 5/30/2019
    Sughrue Mion will be moving from 2100 Pennsylvania Ave NW to their new offices at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20006. The move is effective June 1st, 2019. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.
  • 5/9/2019

    There are two categories of prior art under the America Invents Act (AIA). 35 U.S.C. §102(a)(1) prior art disclosures, including patents, which are considered prior art as of their grant date; printed publications, which are considered prior art as of their publication date; and evidence that the claimed invention was in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public, which are eligible as prior art as of the date of public use or offer for sale. 35 U.S.C. §102(a)(2) prior art includes U.S. patents, U.S. pre-grant patent application publications and WIPO published applications that designate the United States. These patents and patent publications are eligible as prior art as of their effective filing date. Our presentation is directed to the different types of prior art disclosure set forth in §102(a)(1). We will refer to the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) and recent case law.

    The lecture will take place on May 9th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Sughrue's Washington, D.C. Office (6th floor). For more information, click here.

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