Last week, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP secured a case victory on behalf of client Applied Medical Resources, Inc. in an inventorship dispute filed by Covidien and Gaya Ltd. On July 11, the Central District Court of California issued a 132 page ruling in Applied Medical’s favor, stating that no individuals associated with Covidien or Gaya should be named as either sole or joint inventors on any of the Applied Medical patents at issue.
Eli Loots, Ph.D., a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP’s San Francisco office, has been named to the 2014 Northern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers magazine for his intellectual property practice. The Rising Stars list includes the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the region who are age 40 or younger and/or have been in practice for less than ten years.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP associate Carrie Zhang has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes junior and mid-level lawyers of color under 40 who have excelled in their careers working as in-house counsel, government attorneys or law firm associates and partners.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, was recently recognized at the 2014 International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards (ILASA) as the “Best USA IP Law Firm,” receiving the Gold Award for the firm’s excellence in patent prosecution law.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP successfully defended client STAR EnviroTech, Inc. against competitor Redline Detection, LLC. In early 2013, Redline filed a petition for inter partes review with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board challenging the claims of one of STAR’s patents for its evaporative emission testing tools. In an exceptional result (based on current statistics), the Board upheld the patentability of the challenged claims, resulting in a complete victory for STAR and the Knobbe Martens legal team.
Melanie Seelig and Christopher Sweeney, partners in the Seattle office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, will serve as faculty members at the 2014 Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) Summer Institute, hosted by the University of Washington School of Law, July 17- August 1, 2014.
Merz and Ulthera, Inc. announced on June 26, 2014 that they have entered a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Merz will acquire Ulthera, Inc, a global medical device company focused on developing and commercializing technologies for aesthetic and medical applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform technology. Valued at up to $600 million in upfront cash and milestone payments, the acquisition is the largest in Merz’s history.