HKW has developed substantial expertise in contested matters relating to patents and is involved in handling all aspects of IPRs

As part of its growing post-grant review practice, Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP (“HKW”), on behalf of its clients American Megatrends, Giga-Byte Technologies, and MicroStar Computers​, has now successfully filed separate petitions for inter partes review (IPR) against eleven different patents owned by Kinglite Holdings. Two additional petitions remain outstanding.  These IPRs are a part of the ongoing defense against Kinglite’s allegation of patent infringement of more than twenty U.S.  patents by HKW clients. The IPR team is comprised of Steve Hill, John North and Vivek Ganti.

HKW has developed substantial expertise in contested matters relating to patents and is involved in handling all aspects of IPRs, including, but not limited to, the preparation and filing of petitions, preliminary responses, patent owner responses, replies, depositions, motion practice, and IPR trials.​  

 

 

 


HKW has been recognized for a second consecutive year as a leading global law firm for patent litigation services in the forthcoming fifth edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guidebook

HKW has been recognized for a second consecutive year as a leading global law firm for patent litigation services in the forthcoming fifth edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guidebook, soon-to-be issued for 2016.  HKW was 1 of 12 law firms in Georgia chosen for this distinction.​ For the third straight year, partners Steve Hill and John North were recognized as among the leading 1000 patent practitioners in the world.

 




HKW Files Inter Partes Review Petition Challenging Obvious Pharmaceutical Formulation Patent

As part of its growing post-grant review practice, Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP (“HKW”), on behalf of its client, Complex Innovations, LLC, filed its first inter partes review petition directed toward a pharmaceutical composition patent (U.S. Patent Number 7,829,595). HKW’s team, including John North, Jenny Calvert, and Vivek Ganti, with the support of a well-respected pharmaceutical formulation expert, demonstrates through the petition that the challenged patent is invalid because a person of ordinary skill in the art “would have been motivated to add these well-known excipients and would have had no difficulty optimizing through routine experimentation the weight ranges of the [active pharmaceutical ingredient] and excipients identified…”

HKW has developed substantial expertise in contested matters relating to patents and is involved in handling all aspects of IPRs, including, but not limited to, the preparation and filing of petitions, preliminary responses, patent owner responses, replies, depositions, motion practice, and IPR trials.

 


California judge strikes down key BIOS security patent in Kinglite litigation…

California federal judge struck down Kinglite’s BIOS security patent that it has asserted against various technology manufacturers, saying it couldn’t stand in the face of scrutiny from the framework established in the U.S. Supreme Court‘s Alice ruling.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna granted a bid by HKW clients American Megatrends, Giga-Byte Technologies, and MicroStar Computers for judgment on the pleadings that certain claims of Kinglite Holdings Inc.’s U.S. Patent Number 6,892,304 detail subject matter not eligible for a patent, according to an order issued Oct. 16. The judge concluded that the patent was directed merely to the abstract idea of authenticating a request using further abstractions, such as numerical keys and a signature produced by an algorithm, making it invalid under Section 101 of the Patent Act. “Similar to the claims at issue in Alice, … the ‘304 patent claims, viewed individually and as an ordered combination, simply instruct the practitioner to implement the abstract idea of authentication with routine, conventional activity on a generic computer,” the judge said. “Defendants have met their burden in showing by clear and convincing evidence that [the challenged claims] are patent-ineligible under section 101.” American Megatrends, Giga-Byte Technologies, and MicroStar Computers are represented by Steven Hill, John North, Martha Decker, Vivek Ganti and Julie Burke of HKW.

 



After successful defense, HKW secures recovery of nearly $1 million in attorney’s fees.

After successful defense, HKW secures recovery of nearly $1 million in attorney’s fees.

In January of 2015, HKW attorneys Steve Hill, Blake Frye and Martha Decker successfully defended Martin Sprock, the founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill, in a federal trial, defeating racketeering and other fraud claims brought by numerous Moe’s franchisees. On September 20, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard Story awarded Mr. Sprock $938,000 in attorney’s fees to go with $51,000 in costs.



In the case of The Meddin Company v. Martin Sprock, the Georgia Court of Appeals today affirmed the trial court judgment obtained by HKW on behalf of Mr. Sprock.

In the case of The Meddin Company v. Martin Sprock, the Georgia Court of Appeals today affirmed the trial court judgment obtained by HKW on behalf of Mr. Sprock.  The Meddin Company was attempting to show that Mr. Sprock owed The Meddin Company real estate commissions relating to site selection for Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants.  Steve Hill and Julie Burke successfully represented Mr. Sprock at trial, and again before the Court of Appeals.


HKW has been recognized as a leading global law firm for patent litigation services in the fourth edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guidebook, recently issued for 2015.

HKW has been recognized as a leading global law firm for patent litigation services in the fourth edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guidebook, recently issued for 2015.

“This is the definitive directory devoted to singling out the leading patent services providers in the world,” said HKW co-founder Steve Hill.  “Our diverse clients have placed great confidence in us across a full range of scientific and technical disciplines, which in turn has given our attorneys a chance to shine.  We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts.”

The IAM Patent 1000 is a comprehensive guide to the world’s leading patent professionals. IAM gathers intelligence on leading patent specialists in major jurisdictions across the globe, and the results are based on 1,500 interviews with patent attorneys, other attorneys and in-house counsel around the world.

 

Specifically, the guide noted:

Breaking into the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year, this dynamic ensemble is “really mixing it up”. The compact team has proved that it can go toe to toe with the best of them: “In litigation, companies often go for the big firms, but Hill Kertscher & Wharton has extraordinarily impressive abilities.” Entrepreneurial name partner Steven Hill is credited as the architect behind many of the firm’s significant achievements. Making light work of tricky litigation, he also takes a creative approach to find flexible billing arrangements and limit the scope of costly disputes. Formerly of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, John North co-pilots the practice. As lead counsel, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for myriad household names.

 


Steve Hill Speaks at 11th Annual IP SpringPosium

Steve Hill recently served as a panelist at the 11th Annual Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property SpringPosium.  This premier event was held at Barnsley Garden in northern Georgia.  Steve’s session was titled “Managing IP Litigation for the Law Firm and Client”.  For more information, please see the press release here.




Doug Kertscher Speaks at American Bar Association Mid-winter Meeting

Doug Kertscher recently served as a panelist at the American Bar Association Employment Section Mid-winter meeting in Naples, FL.  Doug’s session was titled “Have You Seen Her Twitter? Balancing Thorough Investigations and Privacy Rights” and discussed complex legal issues related to the review by employers of personal social media and electronic devices of employees.



Four HKW Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Steve Hill, Doug Kertscher, John North and Martha Decker for being recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication.  Steve, Doug and John were all named Georgia Super Lawyers, while Martha was selected as a Rising Star for the second consecutive year.



After seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Story, HKW Attorneys Steve Hill, Blake Frye and Martha Decker successfully defended Moe’s founder Martin Sprock …

After seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Story, HKW Attorneys Steve Hill, Blake Frye and Martha Decker successfully defended Moe’s founder Martin Sprock and others in racketeering and fraud trial against 17 present and former Moe’s franchisees.  Judge Story found for the defendants on all issues.

Link to article:

http://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/moe-s-cofounder-wins-eight-year-court-case