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Best Lawyers in America selects Alan Fisch for eighth consecutive year
Alan has once again been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. Alan has long been a fixture in this publication, which is distributed with the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Best Lawyers makes its selections based entirely on a peer-review process designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices Blog Lauds Fisch Sigler's Bespoke Recruiting Approach
The Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices blog, authored by Gerry Riskin, is the latest to laud our bespoke Superstar Attorney recruiting process. Gerry Riskin, a respected and influential author on the subject of law firm excellence, praises our process as "intriguing" and "ultimately successful." Our unique process is designed to identify men and women who share the firm's winning ethos and posses the necessary IQ and EQ to thrive on our team.
Super Lawyers recognizes SIX of Fisch Sigler's Superstar Attorneys
A publication recognizing only the top 5% of the legal profession honored 50% of Fisch Sigler's Superstar Attorneys with accolades. Alan Fisch, Bill Sigler, and John Battaglia have been named to the Washington, DC Super Lawyers list. Jeffrey Saltman, David Saunders, and Silvia Jordan have been named 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Jeff was named to the Washington, DC list, David to the Northern California list, and Silvia to the New York list.
American Bar Association Journal chronicles Fisch Sigler’s search for candidates who go above and beyond
The most successful people know how to deliver that special something extra. For men and women who live by such a credo, we provide a welcoming and collaborative environment for growth and success. That is one reason why we ask candidates seeking to join our team to go above and beyond. The ABA Journal is the latest publication to report on our firm's bespoke recruiting process, one designed to identify Superstar Attorneys who fit our firm's ethos and winning ways.
Managing IP Magazine once again selects Alan Fisch, Bill Sigler and John Battaglia as "IP Stars" in the 2016 World IP Handbook and Survey
Managing IP magazine's IP World Handbook and Survey is the publication's definitive guide to the top intellectual property attorneys in the United States, through its selection of "IP Stars." Alan, Bill, and John have once again been selected as "IP Stars."
Bloomberg Law covers Fisch Sigler’s Bespoke Superstar Attorney hiring process
While a great lawyer can win a motion, it takes a great team to win trials and appeals. For that reason, every Fisch Sigler Superstar Attorney, present and future, must possess a winning IQ and EQ. Bloomberg Law's Big Law Business details some of the unique approaches we take to help us understand a candidate’s IQ and EQ fit for our firm. Do you have what it takes to join us?
Law360 covers the Supreme Court's sounding of the final horn in Fisch Sigler's victories for Amazon.com over Appistry
"The High Court's denial of a writ of certiorari brings an end to a dispute that has spanned two suits asserting four total patents over the course of three years," Law360 said of our latest victory for Amazon over Appistry. As Law360 also reports, Amazon identified the Appistry cases to shareholders as significant pending lawsuits in its 2016 annual financial report (10K) to the SEC. The article quotes Amazon's 10K filing statement that: "we dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in these matters." With the Supreme Court's decision sounding the final horn in the dispute, our vigorous defense resulted in four invalidated Appistry patents, two district court victories, and two Federal Circuit victories.
JD Journal continues its coverage of Fisch Sigler's Unique Recruiting Process
"Do you have what it takes to work here?" This is more than just a rhetorical question. At Fisch Sigler, it is the start of a process designed to evaluate the whole of a candidate, including not just their IQ, but also their EQ. To enhance that process, Fisch Sigler has always asked candidates to complete a quiz. And for our latest job posting seeking a patent damages-focused attorney, we have added a math question. Once again, JD Journal lauded the firm's approach, pronouncing "their latest job listing has proven that they are consistent with their human resource creativity."
Law360 Covers Fisch Sigler’s Federal Circuit Filings for Imperium Against Samsung
As part of the epilogue to Fisch Sigler’s jury trial win for Imperium against Samsung, the IPR process continues. Law360 published an article covering the most recent development: Fisch Sigler’s filing of two Federal Circuit appeals addressing the PTAB’s improper invalidation of two of three Imperium patents-in-suit. The article identifies Imperium’s objection to the board reaching "its obviousness conclusions based in part on reasons the board itself raised and decided as to the motivation to combine the cited references, contrary to this court’s precedent." The story also reminds readers that the Court deemed Samsung’s infringement willful, and found that Samsung "lied under oath several times," thus leading to the enhancement of the damages to $21 million. Imperium’s District Court motions for court costs and attorneys fees remain pending.
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners once again ranks Alan Fisch a top litigator
Intellectual Asset Management has once again recognized Alan Fisch as one of its top litigators in its IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals." This year the publication says of Alan: "IP trial lawyer with swagger," who has "met with success every step of the way" and "has a broad perspective on IP protection which keeps him grounded in the heat of battle."
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners once again ranks Fisch Sigler LLP among top firms
Intellectual Asset Management has ranked Fisch Sigler in its IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals. The publication notes that "winning jury trials is the signature move of Fisch Sigler," and identifies that our team has also chalked-up "a string of crucial wins at the Federal Circuit." Fisch Sigler is once again grouped alongside firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel, and WilmerHale.
Chambers Names Alan Fisch Top 10 IP Litigator in Washington, DC
In naming Alan one of the top 10 IP litigators in Washington, DC in its 2016 list (published in May 2017), Chambers wrote that Alan is "highly regarded for his extensive experience litigating IP matters and is particularly expert on technology and computing matters." Alan has been a fixture of this publication for many years. Chambers' reviews in prior years noted that Alan is "highly intelligent, and has a very good sense of strategy and how to communicate well with juries," and "an excellent scientist and knows his patent law backwards." Chambers develops its rankings through confidential, in-depth telephone interviews with lawyers and clients around the world.
Retuers quotes Alan Fisch on Supreme Court decision to hear case about the constitutionality of the PTO's Inter Partes Review process
The Supreme Court's decision to hear Oil States Energy v. Greene's Energy Group, a case about the constitutionality of inter partes review, could portend a seismic shift in PTO practice and patent litigation strategy. Reuters' coverage of this case, quoted Alan as saying that although "the case involves a patent relating to hydraulic fracking," it will be "closely watched by technology companies" because of their "frequent use of inter partes review." This wire service story also appeared in other media outlets such as The New York Times and US News & World Report.
Bill Sigler presented on an IPO IP Chat Channel webinar about venue transfer and § 1400(b) in light of the Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision
Bill Sigler shared his insight on the panel titled "Venue Transfer and 35 USC Section 1400(b) After Heartland." The panel offered a spirited discussion about this reinterpretation of the venue provisions governing patent litigation. Bill's co-panelists were Kenneth Adamo of Kirkland & Ellis and Brett Johnson of Winston & Strawn. The panel was held on June 13, 2017.
Law360 includes commentary from Bill Sigler in its coverage of HBO's "Silicon Valley" Episode on patent litigation
Oscar Wild remarked in 1898 that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life." But this famed author, poet, and playwright would have been disappointed by a 2017 episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley titled "The Patent Troll," which drew inspiration from the patent enforcement suits of nonpracticing entities. In a story recounting the episode’s plot, Law360 included commentary from Bill Sigler. Bill reminded readers that "the quality of the patent should be the focus, not who owns it," and cautioned that the "exclusive focus on ownership distracts from significant issues like venue, patentable-subject matter and claim quality."
Congratulations to Coke Morgan Stewart on her appointment as Acting Chief of Staff to the USPTO Director
Alan Fisch and Bill Sigler congratulate their former teammate Coke Morgan Stewart on her appointment as Acting Chief of Staff to the Director of the USPTO. "Coke has always been a special talent, the USPTO is enhanced by Coke's presence," said Alan, a former Patent Examiner. Bill added that "the American People will benefit from Coke’s knowledge, experience, and judgment."
Law360 covers Fisch Sigler's motion to dismiss under 28 USC § 1400(b) for Juniper Networks against Blue Spike
Instead of answering Blue Spike's 62-page amended complaint asserting willful infringement of 14 patents against over 100 Juniper Networks' products, we filed a motion to dismiss under 28 USC § 1400(b). Law360 covers this filing, quoting frequently from our briefing, including: "'Here, Blue Spike does not allege that Juniper is incorporated in, or has a regular and established place of business in, the Eastern District,' the motion reads in urging dismissal. 'Rather, Blue Spike conformed its allegations to the pre-TC Heartland approach that accepted personal jurisdiction as a basis for holding venue.'"
Law360 continues coverage of Fisch Sigler's defense of Juniper Networks in the largest-ever US patent suit
In the article "Blue Spike Trims what was Largest Ever US Patent Suit," Law360 continues its coverage of our defense of Juniper Networks against Blue Spike’s assertion that more than 100 Juniper products willfully infringe 26 patents. The article identifies that, in response to Juniper’s motion seeking a 150-day extension to answer the 109-page complaint, Blue Spike filed an amended complaint reducing its willful infringement allegations by 12 patents, leaving 14 patents still in the case. Blue Spike’s reduction transforms the case from the largest-ever US patent infringement suit to one of the largest-ever US patent infringement suits.
Law360 continues coverage of Fisch Sigler wins for Amazon.com against Appistry
Our Appistry victories for Amazon.com continue to generate well-deserved press coverage. In this article, Law360 reminds its readers that we triumphed over Appistry in two district court cases and two Federal Circuit cases as part of the publication’s coverage of Appistry's petition for a writ of certiorari at the Supreme Court of the Appistry II patents.
Law360 covers the latest round of Fisch Sigler post-trial victories against Samsung on behalf of Imperium
Last year, Fisch Sigler successfully tried a patent infringement case against Samsung on behalf of Imperium. After a seven-day trial in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, the jury returned a verdict that Samsung had willfully infringed two of Imperium's patents. Post-trial briefing ensued thereafter, and Law360 covers the latest round of Fisch Sigler's post-trial successes for Imperium. This article reports on the Court's granting of Imperium's requests for a running royalty, and pre- and post-judgment interest. These decisions also pave the way for Imperium to file its bill of costs and a request to recover its legal fees.
Law360 covers Fisch Sigler's defense of Juniper Networks in the largest patent infringement case in United States history
Blue Spike's 109-page complaint asserts 26 patents against more than 100 Juniper products for a combined 1,849 infringement allegations. This is the largest infringement case in the United States history in terms of number of patents, accused products and potential asserted claims. Law360 covers our motion seeking an additional 150-day extension to prepare a proper answer to the complaint.
The Recorder quotes Alan Fisch on the recent trend of District Court Judges Seeking technical Information
In a front-page article aptly headlined "In Complex Cases, Some Judges Geek Out," The Recorder discusses an emerging trend in the Northern District of California for judges "to delve deeper into the technologies themselves." In particular, the story discusses recent efforts by Judges Donato and Alsup to obtain technical information from the parties without the use of an advocacy model. The article quotes Alan Fisch discussing this emerging trend.
JD Journal Praises Fisch Sigler's Uncommon Approach to Hiring Superstars
In a story praising Fisch Sigler's attorney recruiting, JD Journal begins: "Finding a new lawyer who is a perfect fit for a law firm isn't an easy task." The article continues, "but one IP trial law firm has its own unique approach—quizzes!" After detailing some of the firm's techniques, it quotes Alan Fisch: "Our recruiting is specifically designed to identify superstars with the right IQ and EQ fit for our organization. We acknowledge that our approach is uncommon, but so are the people we are seeking. We also value the candidate self-selection that results from our different approach." The article concludes by praising the firm's methodology: "Well played Fisch Sigler, well played."
Law360 names John Battaglia to its Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
Law360 has selected John Battaglia for its Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board for a second consecutive year. The advisory board consists of thought leaders and specialists who provide Law360 with industry insight and editorial feedback.
Law360 covers our motion to compel arbitration for Amazon.com against Broadcom in an 11-patent litigation
The motion seeks the enforcement of a written agreement at arbitrate disputes between the sophisticated parties to the lawsuit. By that agreement — the Amazon Web Services Customer Agreement — Broadcom expressly promises not to assert or assist a third party in asserting any patent infringement claim against any Amazon Web Services’ products used by Broadcom. It also requires Broadcom to arbitrate any claims relating in any way to those services. Broadcom breached both of those promises through its complaint accusing Amazon Web Services of infringing Broadcom’s patents.
Law360 selects Fisch Sigler LLP as a "Legal Lion"
Law360 selects Fisch Sigler LLP as a "Legal Lion" as a result of the firm's two Federal Circuit victories for Amazon.com against Appistry LLC. This is the second time in the past three years that Fisch Sigler LLP has been selected by Law360 as a "Legal Lion."
Law360 covers Fisch Sigler LLP's two Federal Circuit victories for Amazon.com
Law360 features the two Federal Circuit affirmances that our team obtained for client Amazon.com against plaintiff Appistry LLC. Less than 48 hours after oral argument, the Federal Circuit affirmed via Rule 36 the dual lower court victories that resulted in the invalidation of four Appistry patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
Eastern District of Texas Blog by Michael Smith praises Sruli Yellin's article on amendments to the Northern District of California's patent rules
Sruli Yellin recently authored an article in Law360 discussing recent changes to the patent local rules of the Norther District of California. The influential Eastern District of Texas Blog discusses these same changes in the context of the Eastern District of Texas patent local rules, and praises the "good analysis from Sruli Yellin of Fisch Sigler LLP on the Northern District of California’s amendments to its patent rules."
Law360 covers the two Federal Circuit oral arguments in our protection of two lower court victories for Amazon.com
Fisch Sigler LLP secured two different lower court victories invalidating a combined four patents asserted by Appistry. This article covers the two oral arguments at the Federal Circuit seeking to protect those two wins. The article identifies that questions from the bench focused on other recently-decided cases under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
Law360 publishes Sruli Yellin article on amendments to the Northern District of California's patent rules
Revisions to the Northern District of California's influential patent local rules (PLRs) became effective on Jan. 17, 2017. The most notable and significant of these changes impact damages discovery and the disclosure of damages theories and positions. Sruli's article walks through the new obligations that parties solidify their damages theories and produce damages information early in the case, long before expert discovery closes, and even before claim construction.
Law360 continues its coverage of our treble damages award against Samsung on behalf of Imperium
Fisch Sigler’s treble damages award against Samsung remains in the news, as Law360 published a story on Samsung’s efforts to overturn the Court’s decision. The article highlights the grounds for the Court’s opinion, including that Samsung "lied under oath several times" and misrepresented its knowledge of Imperium’s patents.
U.S. News once again ranks Fisch Sigler LLP among top firms
U.S. News & World Report once again ranks Fisch Sigler LLP as one of its Best Law Firms nationwide for patent litigation. The publication's 2017 Best Law Firms rankings result from a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer reviews from leading attorneys. The rankings incorporate over 6 million evaluations of over 55,000 lawyers.
Alan Fisch moderates panel at the 2016 EDTX Bench Bar Conference
Alan moderated at the annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference a panel titled "Inside the Judges' Chambers: An Introspective Fireside Chat with Federal Circuit Judges." The panel consisted of Federal Circuit Chief Judge Sharon Prost and Federal Circuit Judge Raymond T. Chen. The conference was held from October 19 to 21 in Plano, Texas.
Law360 covers post-trial briefing in our treble damages win against Samsung
The press coverage of our treble damages award against Samsung continued, with Law360 publishing a story on the parties’ post-trial briefing in support of Rule 50 motions. The article recounts the jury’s verdict finding that Samsung infringed two valid patents held by Imperium, and details the Court’s post-verdict imposition of treble damages due in-part to Samsung’s multiple misrepresentations under oath.
Best Lawyers in America selects Alan Fisch for seventh consecutive year
Alan has once again been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. Alan has long been a fixture in this publication, which was distributed on October 7 with the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Best Lawyers makes its selections based entirely on a peer-review process designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
The Korea Herald covers our treble damages award on behalf of Imperium against Samsung
The Korean press has joined the coverage of Imperium's treble damages award against Samsung. The Korea Herald reports the news of the $21 million award, including that Samsung "misrepresented facts and offered false testimony at trial."
Texas Lawyer covers our treble damages award on behalf of Imperium against Samsung
In an article for the Texas Lawyer, sister publication to The American Lawyer, noted-Texas journalist John Council writes on the significance of the decision to the Eastern District of Texas, and beyond, in light of the Supreme Court's recent Halo decision. The article also identifies that Samsung "did not have a good faith belief of non-infringement and instead tried to purchase the plaintiff's patent in secret, made multiple material misrepresentations under oath and presented false testimony to the jury."
Law360 covers our treble damages award on behalf of Imperium against Samsung
The coverage of the team’s treble damages award against Samsung continues in Law360. The article details the highlights of the Court’s opinion, including that Samsung "lied under oath" during the trial.
Reuters covers our treble damages award on behalf of Imperium against Samsung
Retuers in an article titled "Samsung Punished with Triple Damages in Patent Case" covers our team's jury victory and subsequent awarding of treble damages for wilful infringement. Reuters details the key portions of the Court's opinion establishing the grounds for this full trebling of the damages to nearly $21 million.
Benchmark Litigation names Bill Sigler to its inaugural national "Under 40 Hot List"
Bill Sigler has been selected by the editors of Benchmark Litigation to the publication's first ever national "Under 40 Hot List". In creating its list, Benchmark Litigation's work included researching high stakes cases, evaluating trial results, and soliciting input from thousands of practitioners.
The Wall Street Journal Quotes Alan Fisch on the Supreme Court phase of Apple v. Samsung
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung now heads to the Supreme Court, where the Justices are being asked to define how damages should be calculated for design patent infringement. In The Wall Street Journal's coverage of the case, Alan provides commentary on the likely aftermath of such a Supreme Court ruling.
Law360 Covers Our Second §101 Victory on Behalf of Amazon.com Against Appistry
Appistry's second suit against Amazon.com ended much the way that Appistry's first case against Amazon ended – with a finding of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. §101. This time it was Judge Richard A. Jones of the Western District of Washington who granted our Rule 12 motion. Judge Jones invalidated both asserted patents in light of the Supreme Court's Alice decision. Law360 covers the victory, including quotes from the opinion.
Chambers names Alan Fisch to its list of the top 8 IP litigators in Washington, DC
In naming Alan to its list of the top 8 IP litigators in Washington, DC, Chambers wrote that Alan is "a highly regarded patent litigator with extensive knowledge of the computer software space. Sources say he is 'very good at thinking outside the box and approaching issues from a different perspective.'"
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners ranks Fisch Sigler LLP among top firms
For the third year running, Intellectual Asset Management has ranked Fisch Sigler LLP in its IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals. We are once again ranked alongside firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel, and WilmerHale. Managing Partner Alan Fisch is also personally ranked in the top grouping for individuals. The publication highlights our "hotshot trial capabilities," and identifies that our team "boldly draws lines in the sand for clients whose business-critical products and services are under threat."
The American Lawyer Quotes Alan Fisch on "Googacle" Trial
The American Lawyer turned to Alan for commentary on the $9 billion copyright trial between Oracle and Google. The article, which ran in the The Recorder, AmLaw Daily, on law.com, included Alan’s comments regarding Judge Alsup’s suggestion that Oracle and Google waive their pretrial stipulation precluding either party from referring to the parties’ prior related trial.
Law360 publishes Bill Sigler article surveying the actual trial impact of Section 298
In patent infringement jury trials, a defendant’s failure to obtain an opinion of counsel despite having knowledge of a patent is often powerful evidence. A plaintiff can potentially use the absence of an opinion to support its positions on infringement, willfulness, validity, damages and other issues. The America Invents Act includes a provision — 35 U.S.C. § 298 — that seeks to limit the use of the absence of such an opinion to prove willful infringement and inducement. Bill's article studies the past five years of published trial court and Federal Circuit opinions addressing Section 298, revealing differing applications of the statute, and lingering uncertainty about how it will impact the admissibility of evidence at trial.
Financial Times quotes Alan Fisch about smartwatch patent litigation expectations
Alan appeared in the Financial Times in a piece entitled "Smart Watches Herald New Legal Battles." The article quotes Alan as follows: "Smartwatch patent battles will increase or decrease as a function of the demand for the product itself. Substantial patent disputes often follow a substantial demand for a new product class. This was true for sewing machines in the 1800s, disposable diapers in the 1900s and smartphones in the 2000s."
Law360 Covers the Supreme Court's preservation of our EDTX jury trial win and Federal Circuit appellate victory for Gap, Inc.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review a Federal Circuit decision that found all of the asserted claims of two disputed patents invalid, and an Eastern District of Texas jury finding of noninfringement. The Supreme Court’s decision puts the final stamp on a case that began in March 2010, when Alexsam sued The Gap in Marshall, Texas for patent infringement.
Law360 names John Battaglia to its Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
Law360 has selected John Battaglia to join its Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board. The advisory board consists of thought leaders and specialists who provide Law360 with industry insight and editorial feedback.
Law.com covers our jury trial win for Imperium over Samsung
The American Lawyer Law.com website selected as a top intellectual property law story the firm's jury trial victory over Samsung on behalf of Imperium. The jury awarded Imperium $7 million and found Samsung a willful infringer. This article also ran in The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily.
Texas Lawyer covers our jury trial Win for Imperium over Samsung
Texas Lawyer covers the Fisch Sigler LLP jury trial victory over Samsung on behalf of Imperium. This article addresses specifics of trying the case in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The jury awarded Imperium $7 million and found Samsung a willful infringer.
Law360 covers our jury trial Win for Imperium over Samsung
Law360 covers yet another Fisch Sigler LLP jury trial victory, this time a plaintff's win for client Imperium against Samsung. The jury awarded Imperium $7 million and found Samsung a willful infringer.
Reuters covers our jury trial win for Imperium over Samsung
Reuters quotes Bill Sigler as part of its coverage of the Fisch Sigler LLP jury trial victory over Samsung on behalf of client Imperium. The jury awarded Imperium $7 million and found Samsung a willful infringer.
Law360 covers our stay obtained in the District of Delaware for Amazon.com
Once again Fisch Sigler LLP was the subject of coverage in Law360, this time for our successful motion to stay on behalf of Amazon.com in a patent case in the District of Delaware. The Law360 article, "Amazon Gets Patent Suit Paused for Invalidity Assessment," discusses the Court’s decision to stay all case deadlines while it considers our pending motion to dismiss under Section 101, and includes quotes from the Court’s Order.
Benchmark Litigation again honors Fisch Sigler LLP
Once again Fisch Sigler LLP has been honored by Benchmark Litigation in its annual review of the nation's top intellectual property litigation practices. Fisch Sigler ranked alongside law firms such as Covington & Burling, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Finnegan Henderson and Fitzpatrick Cella.
U.S. News once again ranks Fisch Sigler LLP among top firms
U.S. News & World Report once again ranks Fisch Sigler LLP as one of its Best Law Firms nationwide for patent litigation. The publication's 2016 Best Law Firms rankings result from a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer reviews from leading attorneys. The rankings incorporate over 6 million evaluations of over 55,000 lawyers.
Jennifer Robinson speaks at the 2015 EDTX Bench Bar conference
Jen spoke at the 18th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference on a panel titled "Twenty Years with the Chief Judges of the Federal Circuit. Former Federal Circuit Law Clerks Provide Insight Into How to Be Upheld on Appeal. What Goes on Behind the Curtain? Is it All Just Case Specific, or Policy Driven?" Jen was joined on the panel by fellow former Federal Circuit clerks. The conference was held from October 21 to 23 in Plano, Texas.
Alan Fisch moderates panel at the 2015 EDTX Bench Bar Conference
Alan moderated at the 18th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference a panel titled "Views from the Top. A Fireside Chat about Our Nation’s Patent System." The panel included Retired Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel, Former Patent & Trademark Office Commissioner Todd Dickinson and Monica Magnusson, VP Intellectual Property Rights Policy, Ericsson AB. The conference was held from October 21 to 23 in Plano, Texas.
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners ranks Fisch Sigler LLP among top firms
"With every new trial win, Fisch Sigler finds its name splashed on the front pages." Those are the words that the 2015 IAM Patent 1000 used in identifying our firm as one of the top patent litigation practices in DC. The same publication also described Managing Partner Alan Fisch as a "dashing trial lawyer" whom "the patent world is lucky to have." IAM ranked our firm in the same grouping as Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel and WilmerHale.
Law360 Covers Our §101 Victory for Amazon.com
In a case of first impression for the Western District of Washington, Chief Judge Pechman granted our Rule 12 motion challenging a plaintiff's patents as directed toward unpatentable subject matter. The court's order, invalidating all asserted claims of both asserted patents in light of the Supreme Court's Alice decision, came exactly two weeks after the court heard oral argument. Law360 covers the victory, including quotes from the opinion.
Super Lawyers Names David Saunders a "Rising star"
Dave was named a "Rising Star" in the 2015 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers. To be considered for this high praise, an attorney must be 40 years old or younger. Selection is the result of a peer review process. This is Dave's second consecutive year being named a "Rising Star."
John Battaglia leads session at The Center for American and International Law's Innovation Concatenation
The Center for American and International Law traces its roots back to 1947, and its Law and Technology programs are some of its most significant offerings. At the group's 2015 Innovation Concatenation, John lead a group of distinguished thought, opinion, and policy leaders in a session titled "Criticisms, Accolades and Suggestions: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Judicial Proceedings. Is it Necessary to Advance the Cause of Innovation?"
Alan Fisch, Bill Sigler and John Battaglia named "IP Stars" in the 2015 World IP Handbook and Survey
Managing IP magazine's IP World Handbook and Survey is the publication's definitive guide to the top intellectual property attorneys in the United States, through its selection of "IP Stars." Alan, Bill, and John have been selected as "IP Stars."
Law360 Covers Our Federal Circuit Victory for Gap, Inc.
At the district court we obtained a jury verdict of no infringement for our client Gap Inc. in an action brought by Alexsam. But, a jury finding of validity remained, and we appealed that finding. In a 3-0 decision, the Federal Circuit reversed the jury finding, resulting in a clean-sweep win in which all asserted claims of both asserted patents were found invalid. Law360 covers the victory, including quotes from the Federal Circuit's 22-page opinion.
Chambers Again Recognizes Alan Fisch as a top practitioner
Alan has been recognized again this year in the Chambers rankings as a top IP practitioner in the DC area. Chambers observed that Alan is "a highly regarded patent litigator." Chambers also identifies that Alan is an "excellent scientist and knows his patent law backwards."
Law360 Publishes John Battaglia Article exploring the Application of Teva v. Sandoz
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Teva v. Sandoz changed three decades of law in which factual questions relating to claim construction were treated to de novo review on appeal. While Teva ruled that such subsidiary fact findings on claim construction should now receive deference, it did so in the context of considering expert testimony, a source of evidence that courts have long categorized as extrinsic. The related question that Teva and the case law to date have not explicitly addressed is: Will a district court’s reliance on extrinsic dictionaries for claim construction likewise be treated as a type of fact determination entitled to deference? John's article explores this significant topic.
Expert Guides Again includes Alan Fisch in its Patent Guide
Alan is among an elite group of patent law practitioners chosen for inclusion in the current edition of Expert Guides: World's Leading Patent Practitioners. Alan has been a staple of this list for a decade. Expert Guides makes its selections through a process that begins with nominations from 4,000 attorneys across the country, and culminates with a vetting process incorporating extensive independent research and interviews with a select group of expert advisors in each field of practice.
Super Lawyers Select Alan Fisch, Bill Sigler, Jeffrey Saltman and Jennifer Robinson
Alan Fisch and Bill Sigler have been named to the 2015 Washington, DC Super Lawyers list. Alan has appeared on this list since its inception in 2007, while this marks Bill's debut. Jeff and Jennifer have each been named to the 2015 DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. This is Jeff's third year on the list, and Jennifer's second year on the list.
Law360 Continues to shower praise on our Federal Circuit Win for Papst Licensing
Our Federal Circuit victory for Papst Licensing was selected by Law360 as one of five recent "Federal Circuit Rulings IP Attorneys Need to Know." Papst marked the first time the Federal Circuit applied the Supreme Court's Teva v. Sandoz decision, which held that factual findings made by a district court during claim construction are entitled to deference on appeal.
The American Lawyer Covers Our Successful Summary judgment Battles for Pall Corporation
Our firm represents Pall Corporation against the 3M Company in what is generally considered the longest running active patent infringement case in the United States – 18 years, and counting. The case centers around filtration technology used in commercial production. The American Lawyer covered the completed round of summary judgement motions. The article identifies that Judge Chen of the Eastern District of New York "sided with Pall on all fronts." Judge Chen granted Pall's motion on 3M's inequitable conduct defense and denied 3M's motions for summary judgment on willful infringement, infringement, and lost profits. Trial could be set for mid-2015.
The American Lawyer Covers Our Successful Motion to Dismiss for Juniper Networks
The American Lawyer details District of Delaware Judge Sue Robinson's granting of our motion to dismiss all of Spherix, Inc.'s willful infringement claims against our client Juniper Networks. Spherix based its allegations on four of the patents-in-suit inclusion in a Nortel portfolio of 6000 patents that Juniper considered bidding on in a 2011 auction. The American Lawyer notes that Judge Robinson agreed with our position that Juniper could not be deemed to have had specific notice of a handful of patents by virtue of its consideration of the portfolio.
Law360 Covers FISCH SIGLER LLP's §101 Motion for Amazon.com
In an article, entitled "Amazon Says Alice Nixes Patents On 'Cave Dwellar' Tech," Law360 discusses our motion for Amazon.com in the Western District of Washington to invalidate two patents. The motion identifies that the patents claim the abstract idea of project management, which is ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §101. The article contains several quotes from the brief, including: "Amazon seeks nothing more than the application of the Supreme Court’s Alice rule, which returns ideas like those covered in the patents-in-suit to their rightful owner — the public."
Law360 Honors FISCH SIGLER LLP as a "Legal Lion"
As part of its continuing coverage of our firm's Federal Circuit victory for Papst Licensing, Law360 selected Fisch Sigler LLP as one of the "Legal Lions" among the entire legal industry for the week of February 2, 2015. Law360 identified that the Federal Circuit victory for Papst Licensing came at the expense of seven digital camera manufacturers represented by Alston & Bird, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Fenwick & West, Jones Day, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
The American Lawyer covers Sigler Sigler LLP's Federal Circuit win for Papst Licensing
In covering our Federal Circuit victory for Papst Licensing, The American Lawyer proclaimed: "the IP litigation boutique Fisch Sigler has made its name scoring defense victories for the likes of Amazon.com Inc. and Gap Inc. But the firm showed its versatility on Monday, winning an appeal for patent plaintiff Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. in a case against a slew of digital camera makers."
Law360 Covers Fisch Sigler LLP's Federal Circuit Win for Papst Licensing
In the first post-Teva case decided by the Federal Circuit, a 3-0 panel agreed with our position that the district court misconstrued five patent terms, and that the lower court's construction was not entitled to deference. The Federal Circuit remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings. The defendants are FujiFilm, Hewlett-Packard, JVC, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Samsung Techwin.
Law360 Publishes Desmond Jui Article Surveying northern district of California Law on Contention Amendments
Oftentimes in patent litigation, a party seeks to amend its infringement or invalidity contentions. Local patent rules typically set forth the circumstances when such amendments can be made unilaterally, and when they can only be made with the court's permission. Desmond's article outlines the Northern District of California's approach to this issue, including a survey of relevant recent decisions in the jurisdiction.
Benchmark Litigation Again Selects Alan Fisch as one of the top IP litigators
Benchmark Litigation has recognized Alan as a National Litigation Star, the publication's highest ranking. In its 2015 edition of The Definitive Guide to the Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, Benchmark selected Alan as one the nation's top intellectual property litigators. Benchmark has annually recognized Alan in its rankings, with the 2012 guide identifying him as "becoming an IP legend."
Law360 Publishes Bill Sigler article on Federal Circuit's Treatment of Post-Grant Review Evidence at Trial
Last year, the Federal Circuit created a new defense to induced infringement: a good faith belief in invalidity. In its decision announcing this new standard, Commil v. Cisco, the court did not establish what evidence would be admissible to support this defense. Many asked if evidence from a reexamination or inter partes review could now be admissible at trial to negate induced infringement? Bill's article discusses the first Federal Circuit decision to address this question, VirnetX v. Cisco, and its potential impact.
Alan FISCH speaks at the 2014 edtx bench-bar conference
Alan spoke at the 18th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference on a panel titled 'ED Texas: A Look From Inside & Out.' The panel included Judge Timothy Dyk (Federal Circuit); Chief Judge Leonard Davis (ED Texas); Judge Rodney Gilstrap (ED Texas) and moderator Michael J. Truncale, President-Elect of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. The conference was held from October 22nd to 24th in Plano, Texas.
Law360 Recognizes Fisch Sigler LLP as "One of 10 Boutiques Giving Big Firms a Run for Their Money"
Our firm was one of ten in the nation to be profiled by Law360 as a boutique firm successfully competing with big firms. The article quotes an industry insider on the reputation of our firm's Managing Partner Alan Fisch: "He's a very successful big case trial lawyer for patent litigation. Trial experience is worth a lot," adding that "what a lot of lawyers think is impossible comes naturally to him."
U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Fisch Sigler LLP in its 2015 Best Law Firms Guide
The U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Law Firms Guide selected our firm as one of the top in the United States for patent litigation. U.S. News makes its selections based on client feedback on firms, including expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. The selection process also incorporated a survey of over 50,000 practicing attorneys regarding expertise, integrity, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.
Expert Guides Includes Alan Fisch in its Best of the Best USA Guide
Alan is among an elite group of patent law practitioners chosen by Expert Guides' as the "Best of the Best" in the United States. Expert Guides makes its selections through a process that begins with nominations from 4,000 attorneys across the country, and culminates with a vetting process incorporating extensive independent research and interviews with a select group of expert advisors in each field of practice. Alan has been a staple of Expert Guides' lists for a decade.
The American Lawyer covers our firm's EDTX Success for Amazon.com
After 28 executed licenses with others, including 11 settlements with co-defendants, Beneficial Innovations dismissed its case against our client Amazon.com less than 300 hours before trial for $0. Preparing Amazon's case to be tried before a jury in Marshall, Texas made all the difference.
The American Lawyer covers our firm's declaratory judgment Success for Hearst Corporation
When Hearst Corporation received a threat letter from the litigious non-practicing entity Webvention, Hearst did not wait to become Webvention’s next victim. On behalf of Hearst Corporation we filed a declaratory judgment action in the District of Delaware. Shortly after filing, the case was transferred to the District of Maryland and stayed pending the outcome of reexamination. The result was the PTO's cancellation of the claims at issue, and the subsequent dismissal of the dispute for no consideration. By the end, Webvention had amassed 361 licensees, and Hearst Corporation was not one of them.
Law360 covers our firm's EDTX Summary Judgment Victory for J.C. Penney
Since 2000, summary judgment for non-infringement has been granted in approximately 1% of all patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas. Our win for J.C. Penney against non-practicing entity EMG is part of that 1%. As a result of the granting of summary judgment for non-infringement, J.C. Penney stopped the challenge of a plaintiff that previously licensed its patent to over 60 companies.
The American Lawyer covers FISCH SIGLER LLP's EDTX Summary Judgment Victory for J.C. Penney
In another article on our firm's summary judgment for non-infringement for J.C. Penney against non-practicing entity EMG, this article writes: "EMG's patent is now on life support following a rare pretrial defense win in the Eastern District of Texas." The article also cites a study that less than 10 percent of all summary judgment motions filed by defendants are granted in the Eastern District of Texas, compared to about 40 percent nationwide.
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners ranks FISCH SIGLER LLP as one of the top
As part of being identified as one of the top patent litigation practices in DC, the 2014 IAM Patent 1000 said that Fisch Sigler LLP is "'supremely good at what it does’: high-stakes patent trials on either side of the docket." Our firm ranked in the grouping with Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel, Morrison & Foerster, and WilmerHale.