Congratulations to Steve Hill, Doug Kertscher, Scott Wharton, John North, and Vivek Ganti for being named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2017 list of Legal Elite. This honor, which is based entirely on the voting of other attorneys in the state, recognizes a very small percentage of Georgia’s lawyers for excellence in the practice of law.
HKW on behalf of its client GPS North America has won the first two of its Inter Partes Review trials against Per Diem, represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. As a result of these two cases, the claims of two of Per Diem’s patents have now been declared invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark office. HKW attorneys Vivek Ganti and Steve Hill handled these cases for GPS North America.
Steve Hill and John North were recently named to the Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Practitioners. This honor recognizes the top patent attorneys in the world as determined by more than 1,800 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys, and in-house counsel.
Vivek Ganti will lead a roundtable discussion on the topic of litigation strategies relating to patentable subject matter.
This year’s two day conference is being held at Lake Lanier April 28-29, 2017. Jenny Calvert from our firm was selected to be a speaker on IP Litigation Strategies.
A very special congratulations to Lucas Geren and Vivek Ganti who recently became partners in the firm. For more information about this important milestone, please see the firm’s press release here.
All told, HKW attorneys Steve Hill and Vivek Ganti have now won ten separate IPR patent trials, leading to declarations of patent invalidity affecting ten different Kinglite patents. Three other Kinglite patents have been declared invalid in related federal court proceedings for claiming unpatentable subject matter.
The event was attended by over 100 local government officials, inventors and business executives from Jiangsu Province, all interested in innovation, IP development and risk assessment.
Using the inter partes review procedure of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, HKW clients American Megatrends, Gigabyte and Micro Star International have successfully challenged the validity of all asserted claims of eight patents. They are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,373,498, 5,987,604, 6,401,202, 6,487,656, 6,523,123, 5,732,268, 6,519,659, and 6,633,976. In the cases of IPR2015-01079, -01081, -01094, -01197, -01132, -01133, -01140, and -01141, the trial on the merits resulted in the cancellation of all instituted claims. All told, these trials resulted in the cancellation of 165 claims. Steve Hill and Vivek Ganti acted as trial counsel for the petitioners in each of the 8 trials.
HKW has been named one of the top Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) law firms in the United States in a 2015 annual report published by Docket Navigator. The list includes top law firms and corporate legal departments ranked by the number of inter partes review, covered business methods, and post grant review proceedings in 2015 in which the organization represented one of the litigants. Among Atlanta-based law firms, HKW was one of only three firms to make the list.
HKW is sponsoring the Georgia State University and Georgia Tech IP Celebration at the Fox Theatre on October 7, 2016. Intellectual property accomplishments and the people behind these accomplishments will be featured.
Steve Hill will be speaking on the topic of the new realities of U.S. patent litigation at this year’s IP Business Congress of Asia in Shanghai on December 4-6, 2016. Devised for an audience of senior IP business leaders, the program for IPBC Asia 2016 reflects the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving Asian IP market. As part of a speaking faculty composed of thought leaders operating in all parts of the market, Steve and others will be exploring emerging trends and major challenges facing IP owners and their advisers, as well as suggesting solutions. For more information about this event, please visit the website here: http://bit.ly/1rtoy61
United States District Judge James Selna has determined that Plaintiff Kinglite Holdings will have to pay $1.55 million in attorneys fees and expenses of patent infringement litigation incurred by Defendants American Megatrends, Gigabyte Technologies and Micro-Star International. HKW led by Steve Hill successfully represented the Defendants in defeating claims relating to six different patents relating to BIOS technology, and then recovering their attorney fees.
HKW has been recognized as a leading global law firm for patent litigation services in the fifth edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 guidebook, recently issued for 2016.
“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:
“Nationally recognized Hill, Kertscher & Wharton represents a panoply of individuals and businesses in intricate legal matters. Its compact size ensures personal, partner-led support every step of the way. An accomplished trial lawyer with a proven record of success in multimillion-dollar brawls, Steven Hill has secured victories in more than 200 cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Having also dispatched antitrust and franchise-related briefs with aplomb, he knows how to defend companies’ intellectual property from every conceivable angle. Unfair competition claims – including PRE and Walker Process claims – as well as patent misuse and Lanham Act actions are meat and drink to seasoned litigator John North; the courtroom is his home away from home.”
Hill, Kertscher & Wharton recently represented CLX Communications AB (Publ) and its U.S. subsidiaries in its acquisition of Mblox Incorporated for cash consideration of $117 million in a merger which closed on July 11, 2016. Both CLX and Mblox are among the world’s largest providers of cloud-based communications services and solutions, including application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging services.
Scott Wharton led the team, and was joined by corporate associates Lucas Geren and Counsel McCullen on the transaction.
Link to filed case:
United States District Judge James Selna has determined that Plaintiff Kinglite Holdings will have to pay the attorneys fees and expenses of patent infringement litigation incurred by HKW clients and Defendants American Megatrends, Gigabyte Technologies and Micro-Star International. The HKW team led by Steve Hill, John North, Martha Decker and Vivek Ganti successfully represented the Defendants in defeating claims relating to six different patents relating to BIOS technology.