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Matrix Motor Company, Inc. alleged that the Toyota MATRIX passenger car infringed the MATRIX trademark allegedly used for race cars and related components and parts. The plaintiff sought an injunction and damages, but the judge granted our motion for summary judgment, finding no likelihood of confusion between the parties’ respective uses of the MATRIX mark.

We represented Tyco Healthcare in bringing a complaint against Absormex for importation of infringing absorbent garments from Mexico. The investigation was one of the fastest ITC cases to get to trial, with a trial date less than six months from the start of the investigation. On the last day before the trial was to begin, a favorable settlement was reached, and the case was terminated.

Finnegan client GTECH Corporation was sued in the Eastern District of Texas for patent infringement by Flashmark Technologies and various individuals. GTECH sells lottery terminals and tickets, and Flashmark accused the company of infringing a patent related to document cancellation. The court issued its Markman decision, construing the claims in a way that precluded a finding of infringement against GTECH. Following this decision, the parties filed a stipulation of noninfringement.

The district court had granted summary judgment against firm client Origin (a subsidiary of Guidant Corp.) and a jury awarded nearly $13 million in damages, finding that the infringement was willful. The matter involved infringement of a patent on a method for using a balloon to create a space for surgery. On appeal, the Federal Circuit agreed with our interpretation of the patent claims and vacated both the judgment of infringement and the jury’s verdict that the infringement was willful.

Finnegan successfully represented client DuPont Nutrition Systems in litigation involving generically engineering alpha-amylases proteins, enzymes used in a variety of industries to prepare commercial products like ethanol, sweeteners, and laundry detergent. Novozymes sued DuPont for infringing its patent and, on appeal, we successfully obtained a judgment that Novozymes’ patent was invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 112 for failing to comply with the written description requirement.

We defended Topcon Instrument against a multipatent ITC case brought by Cambridge Instruments involving devices for diagnosing glaucoma. In a one-week trial held just two months after the case began, we established that Topcon’s instruments were not covered by the patents, and the ITC judge thus denied Cambridge Instruments’ motion for temporary relief.

The Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of Finnegan clients SplitFish AG, SplitFish Gameware, Inc., and Nabon Corp., granting a preliminary injunction against Bannco Corp. that prohibits Bannco from selling video game controllers that incorporate or use software code copied from our clients' "FragFX" video game controllers. The case is unusual in that the software in question was developed in China and the court applied Chinese law in order to establish that our client was the copyright owner.

We represented Wyeth against Genentech in an interference that related to the treatment of hemophilia. The successful result we achieved allowed Wyeth to secure patent rights to a protein, known as B-domain deleted Factor VIII, which is used to treat hemophilia.

After a jury verdict against Conair for infringement of a patent on a safety mechanism in a hairdryer, the district court increased the damages and entered a judgment of over $46 million. On appeal, Finnegan achieved a total victory for Conair by obtaining a reversal of the infringement finding in the Federal Circuit.

A startup company providing the technology for LCD panels faced a difficult licensing challenge in the worldwide fragmented production environment. We assisted the client in formulating a licensing program that provided necessary rights to the various levels of value production in countries around the world while avoiding exhaustion of the client’s IP rights through unrestricted distribution of components.


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