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As Finnegan’s clients advance innovations that analyze big data, provide back-end storage and data solutions, monitor information from mobile devices and vehicles, and provide user-friendly display interfaces, we help them procure patent protection and build sophisticated portfolios around all related technology areas. We also assist them with developing enforcement strategies and defending against infringement accusations.

Connectivity is crucial for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Finnegan has considerable experience dealing with standards-essential and non-essential patents covering telecommunications and network protocols, including asserting and defending against such patents. We have helped clients develop and license patent portfolios on various network technologies, such as wireless networks, the Internet, and other network architectures.

Finnegan works with clients developing surveillance and home monitoring technologies, where images and videos are captured and transmitted for real-time viewing and monitoring anywhere there is Internet access. We help these clients build portfolios around all technology areas in surveillance, defend against infringement accusations, and perform risk analysis before products are launched in the market.

Finnegan client Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) successfully challenged two check-imaging patents owned by DataTreasury.  These infamous “Ballard” patents were called out by name as troublesome business method patents by Congress when it wrote the covered business method (CBM) patent statute.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in its Final Written Decision, said the two patents—directed to transferring information from one location to another where the transferred information is unreadable without a secret decoder key—cover abstract ideas that, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on patentability in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l, are too abstract to be patentable. The PTAB also held that many of the claims lacked sufficient written description for encrypting subsystem identification information and thus fail to meet the rigors of 35 U.S.C. § 112. Finnegan represented FIS in the CBM challenges, and also in mandamus petitions to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit resulting in a successful stay of the underlying litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Finnegan provided an array of IP services to SRA International, including counseling and patent and IP prosecution for its Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), which is a cooperative surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. As part of the comprehensive IP strategy developed for SRA, Finnegan addressed both patents and trademarks for systems and devices associated with ADS-B and other SRA services.

Finnegan represented Boeing against infringement allegations made by PT Diagnostics in the Eastern District of Texas regarding aircraft maintenance systems patents. The case was swiftly settled, avoiding lengthy litigation.

Finnegan represented Toyota Aviation, which existed to develop new aircraft for Toyota. Finnegan prepared patent applications for a variety of innovative technologies, including automatic flight planning; displaying airspace information; fabricating a one-piece fuselage; forming a one-piece wing structure; forming filament wound closed-shape structures; primary flight displays; integrated vibration systems for filing and extracting media; chemical debonding agents for composite tooling; media removal devices; pre-filled media volumes for difficult to fill areas; cockpit pilot trays; aircraft circuit breaker assembly; sandwich stiffened composite structures; twin engine powered aircraft to turn single output shaft; and stall recovery systems.

Finnegan has guided the development of Rockwell Collins’ portfolio that includes over 50 patents and pending applications directed to control and navigation of manned and unmanned air vehicles. These patents cover technologies ranging from fault-tolerant automatic control systems, single lever power controllers, systems for controlling multi-input/multi-output systems using feedback LTI’zation, image-augmented inertial navigation systems, celestial-image augmented navigation and targeting systems, vertical take-off and landing control systems, systems for autonomously landing aircraft, and systems for improving the efficiency of power generation systems.

Finnegan guided the entire developments of LTA’s patent portfolio that includes over 120 patents and pending applications directed to lighter-than-air airship technology. The applications cover airship technologies ranging from hull and empennage configurations, propulsion and power source arrangements, flight control systems, attitude regulation and control, attitude displays, variable buoyancy techniques, solar powered flight, aerodynamic features, and various ornamental designs and configurations.

Finnegan successfully defended AOPA in the District of Oregon against the assertion of patents for computerized flight planning and web-based flight navigation. We obtained a swift dismissal of the entire case, avoiding lengthy litigation and licensing attempts by a notorious non-practicing entity (NPE).


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