Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars, the definitive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers, has listed Sughrue Mion and three of its partners among D.C.'s leading Intellectual Property firms and professionals for 2018. Sughrue was named as highly recommended in Patent Prosecution and Trademark Prosecution, and recommended in the area of Patent Contentious. Proud partners Jody Drake, Gary Krugman, and John Callahan were specifically recognized as some of the firm's top attorneys for Trademarks and Patents, noting each of them as "frequently mentioned by peers and clients" as highly accomplished. Congratulations on this fantastic recognition, Sughrue!
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.
Sughrue Mion Partner, Gary Krugman, has recently published an update to his book "Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice and Procedure, 2017-2018 ed". This is one of the first comprehensive texts on the intricacies of practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Sughrue is proud to host the Intellectual Property Group (IPG) Seminar on Wednesday, April 25th. Mr. Tomoki Sawai, esteemed General Director of Patent and Design Examination Departments of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), will be attending and speaking at this notable event.