Patent Office Trials Blog
  • 8/9/2018
    Sughrue Mion is pleased to be supporting the Korean-American Intellectual Property Bar Association (KAIPBA) in hosting their Annual Summer Seminar, for which they will be joined by two Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Judges, Michael W. Kim and Rae Lynn P. Guest.

    Judge Michael W. Kim was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge on April 24, 2011, and as a Lead Judge in August of 2013. In addition to his management responsibilities, Judge Kim conducts inter partes reviews and post-grant reviews under the America Invents Act, and also reviews adverse decisions of examiners upon applications for patents. He works primarily in the business methods, mechanical, and electrical technology areas. Prior to his appointment, Judge Kim was a Patent Attorney at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Prior to joining the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Judge Kim was a Patent Attorney at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, before spending a year on a presidential election campaign. Judge Kim received his law degree from the Duke University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California.

    Administrative Patent Judge Rae Lynn P. Guest holds a J.D from American University, Washington College of Law and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Judge Guest prosecuted and litigated patents as an Associate Attorney with Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox. As a Patent Attorney with the Office of Naval Research, she prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technical disciplines and consulted on licensing agreements. She joined the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in 2008, first as a Patent Attorney, after which she became an Administrative Patent Judge. As an Administrative Patent Judge she has served on panels deciding ex parte appeals, trials, interferences, and ex parte and inter partes reexaminations in a variety of technical disciplines.

    Judge Michael Kim and Judge Rae Lynn Guest will be guest speakers for the seminar, taking place on August 16th at Sughrue's Washington, D.C. office. We are looking forward to such an exciting event and would like to thank KAIPBA for sharing this educational opportunity with us.
  • 7/26/2018
    IAM Patent 1000, regarded as "the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US," has named Sughrue Mion, along with partners Mike Dzwonczyk, Alan Kasper, and Bill Mandir, among the top patent firms and professionals in the Washington D.C. area for 2018. Sughrue comes recommended in patent prosecution and litigation, noted as "proficient in litigation and post-grant proceedings thanks to lean and efficient staffing of technically well-qualified teams." The well-respected publication named Dzwonczyk, a "pharmaceutical whizz," Kasper, "a lawyer to whom many look for an authoritative take," and Mandir, a "dependable captain," in the list of top patent litigators. The full article can be found here. Sughrue thanks our clients and business partners for their continued support and confidence.
  • 7/20/2018
    In September, 2017, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe moved to terminate six pending inter partes reviews (IPRs), brought by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and joined by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Akorn, Inc., on the basis of sovereign immunity. In a February, 2018 decision, the PTAB denied the motion. Upholding the PTAB ruling that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to IPRs, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB's denial of the Tribe's motion last Friday, breaking the almost year-long stalemate and clearing the way for a final hearing. Sughrue partners Mike Dzwonczyk and Mark Boland represent Akorn, Inc. on this matter and the counterpart appeal from the District Court litigation in the Eastern District of Texas. Congratulations on this major client victory!
  • 6/15/2018
    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!
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