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Overrule of long standing precedent
SSJR’s litigation expertise extends to its appellate practice. In Knorr-Bremse v. Dana, et al, when SSJR client Haldex was faced with a finding of willful infringement, SSJR recognized the law was unfairly treating defendants in patent cases and challenged the law on appeal. On appeal, SSJR was able to convince the entire Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to overrule its own long standing precedent. In a virtually unanimous opinion, the court overruled its own long standing precedent in holding that no adverse inference may be drawn against an alleged infringer from either failure to obtain or produce an exculpatory opinion of counsel. The ruling resulted in the willfulness finding against Haldex being reversed and has been considered by some to be one of the most influential rulings in the history of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affecting patent law.
Early disposition of cases for clients
SSJR’s litigation expertise in patent law often results in early disposition of cases for its clients before a case gets to trial. For example, in Luma v Karl Storz Endoscopy America, SSJR was able to successfully acquire rulings on summary judgment motions for non-infringement and invalidity with respect to the claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,740,801 being asserted against its client KSEA. The patent related to a system for storing and displaying images during a medical procedure. The Court compared KSEA’s accused products against the claims of the patent and found that 53 of the 55 claims of the ’801 patent were not infringed. The Court went on to find that the remaining two claims of the ’801 patent were invalid based on a prior art patent that was never considered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but which was brought to the Court’s attention by SSJR. The Court’s ruling resulted in a complete victory including an award of costs to KSEA.
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