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11/15/18
M&G’s Denver Office and ACC Share Holiday Spirit for Amp the Cause, Raising $5,000 for Local Families
Merchant & Gould’s Denver office sponsored the local Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) gathering that benefited Amp the Cause, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that improves the lives of families through entertainment.  Held on November ...
Events
11/8/18
Hot Topics, Trends, & Updates
Join ACC Tennessee and Merchant & Gould for an informative panel presentation! Merchant & Gould attorneys from across the country are converging on Nashville to present 3-Minute Case Summaries: What Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know, with a ...
Articles
11/2/18
Merchant & Gould Congratulates Three 2018 Pro Bono Award Winners, Helping Make Our Communities Even Better
Merchant & Gould’s Pro Bono Committee is delighted to announce the 2018 Pro Bono Award winners. This year, we have chosen to recognize three different individuals from our Minneapolis and Denver offices for their dedication and commitment to providing ...
Articles
11/1/18
Merchant & Gould Named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the Ninth Edition of “Best Law Firms”
Merchant & Gould has been named by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the Ninth Edition of “Best Law Firms.”  The rankings feature law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers.  Achieving ...
Articles
10/16/18
The Difference Two Decades Make
The thriving startup economy in Denver and Boulder has been a rising tide that raised a number of ships, including patent law practices like Merchant & Gould’s. Denver office managing partner Timothy Scull said that when he first came to Colorado ...
Press Releases
10/11/18
Merchant & Gould Hires Four Associates in Three Office Locations
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome four associates to three of its offices around the country.  The new hires span the last few months and include Christopher Tebow, Ph.D., in Minneapolis; Peter Selness in Minneapolis;  Roderick O’Dorisio ...
Articles
9/25/18
Copyright Owners Should Prepare For Music Royalty Reform
Last week, the Senate approved the Music Modernization Act, the first substantive reform to music copyright law in a generation. The legislation is aimed at better aligning current music licensing protocol with the growth of digital streaming services. It ...
Press Releases
9/21/18
Remembering Kitu Bindra
We have lost a friend and valued Merchant & Gould colleague, Kitu Bindra, 57, who died suddenly on August 28. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Denise, who he was married to for 30 years, and his two children, Nikolas and Nina. He was a loving ...
Press Releases
8/15/18
Nineteen Merchant & Gould Attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property (IP) law firm, is pleased to announce that 19 attorneys from four of its office locations have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  In addition, Tim Scull, managing partner of ...
Press Releases
8/15/18
Two Merchant & Gould Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" Award in Denver
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property (IP) law firm, is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys received recognition and awards from Best Lawyers®.  Timothy B. Scull, managing partner of the Denver office, received Best Lawyers 2019 ...
Articles
8/10/18
Chainbreaker Charity Ride
Congratulations to Merchant & Gould’s team that participated in the 2nd annual Chainbreaker charity bike ride on Aug. 10, in support of life-saving cancer research at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center. The ride started in ...
Press Releases
7/30/18
Merchant & Gould Promotes Attorney Ryan C. Smith, Ph.D. to Partner
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property (IP) law firm, promoted attorney Ryan C. Smith to partner.  The promotion embraces the growth of the Minneapolis office, bringing greater depth to the firm’s local leadership.Smith joined Merchant ...
Press Releases
7/25/18
Merchant & Gould Announces New Managing Partner of New York Office
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that its long-time, Denver-based partner  Peter Gergely is now the managing partner of the firm’s New York office where he will lead its rapid growth and innovation.  ...
Press Releases
7/24/18
Merchant & Gould’s Chairman Emeritus Named to Board of Trustees of Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Brian H. Batzli, a shareholder and Chairman Emeritus of Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property (IP) firm, was named to the Board of Trustees of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, effective July 1.Mitchell Hamline is a leader in intellectual property ...
Press Releases
7/17/18
Denver Business Journal Names Kathy Ott as Finalist for “Outstanding Women in Business” Award
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Kathy Ott was named a finalist by Denver Business Journal as an “Outstanding Woman in Business,” specifically recognized for her innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community ...
Events
7/11/18
Hot Topics, Trends, & Updates: Cybersecurity, Patent Litigation Decisions, and the Implications
  Merchant & Gould Presents Hot ...
Press Releases
7/1/18
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that two members of its Minneapolis team were recognized by Minnesota Lawyer
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that two members of its Minneapolis team were recognized by Minnesota Lawyer for their hard work, talent and dedication.  Emily Wessels, associate, was named “Up & Coming Attorney” for her commitment ...
Events
6/14/18
Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part II
Merchant & Gould presents Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part II  “Emerging Technology: Ethically Counseling Your ...
Press Releases
6/8/18
Jonathan Berschadsky Listed in IAM Strategy 300
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that attorney Jonathan Berschadsky, a partner in the firm’s New York office, has been included in the 2018 edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.This guide lists the individuals ...
Events
5/31/18
Ethics & Elimination of Bias for IP Lawyers Series – Part I
IDS Center 3rd Floor, Conference Center 80 S. 8th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55402Agenda 1:00 p.m. - Registration  1:30 p.m. - Presentations 3:45 p.m. - Panel Discussion 4:45 p.m. - Networking Cocktail ReceptionPresenters Johanna Carrane, ...
Articles
5/23/18
The Accidental Tourist:
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in April 2018 in WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., which examined the ability of a U.S. patent owner to recover lost profits for foreign sales based on domestic acts of infringement.[1] The proceedings included ...
Events
5/19/18
Nancy Lutz Speaking on International Trademark Law and Practice at INTA Annual Meeting
Nancy H. Lutz, a partner in Merchant & Gould's Washington, D.C. area office, will co-present a course on international trademark law and practice at the 140th Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) on May 19, 2018 in ...
Press Releases
5/17/18
Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity of Pharmaceutical Patent
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that the Federal Circuit in Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Iancu affirmed the invalidity of a patent covering tavaborole (Kerydin®), which is a drug used to treat onychomycosis. The appeal arose from three ...
White Papers
5/15/18
SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu: Supreme Court Disallows Partial IPR Decisions
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) practice of granting partial institutions of inter partes reviews (IPR).  The decision squarely rejected the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s ...
Press Releases
5/12/18
Merchant & Gould Participates in Denver's Amp the Cause Community Day
Merchant & Gould’s community spirit was shining on May 12, when the Denver office participated in Amp the Cause’s annual “Community Day” – as one of 50 teams, helping with facility-improvement projects for nonprofits in Greater ...
Articles
5/7/18
Supreme Court Lets IPR Stand but Shakes it Up
Merchant & Gould attorney George Lewis was interviewed in Law Week Colorado about a U.S. Supreme Court “sleeper case” that has companies revisiting their inter partes review strategyMay 7, 2018 Law Week ColoradoView the beginning of the article ...
White Papers
5/4/18
Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group: Constitutionality of inter partes review upheld
The Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group[1] upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review, and found that this administrative process does not violate either Article III or the Seventh Amendment ...
Events
4/26/18
Business Issues on the Internet CLE
Join us for a complimentary CLE discussing the current trends related to the online marketplace as well as manage cyber-security issues that impact businesses. Synopsis  Learn how business and legal teams can work together to identify what ...
Press Releases
4/16/18
Preparing For High Court's Looming Oil States Decision
In Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene's Energy Group LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s inter partes review procedure is constitutional. IPRs are administrative procedures that review ...
Press Releases
3/27/18
Merchant & Gould Welcomes Chris Leonard as New CEO
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Leonard—managing partner of the firm’s Knoxville, Tennessee, office—will succeed Brian H. Batzli as the CEO, Managing Director, and Chairman of the Board on July 1, 2018.After ...
Articles
3/23/18
Practical Guidance at Lexis Practice Advisor
Practical guidance at Lexis Practice Advisor® After a patent application is filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and during the stage in which the application is being examined by a patent examiner, it often can be helpful to conduct ...
Events
3/22/18
Trade Secret Theft Occurring Overseas
Join us for a complimentary CLE on stopping overseas competitors from using the stolen trade secrets of U.S. businesses, then stay for beverages, appetizers and a networking happy hour.This seminar will address the comparative benefits of using federal ...
Press Releases
3/20/18
John Winemiller and Loretta Freeman Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that attorneys John T. Winemiller, Ph.D., and Loretta L. Freeman have been selected as members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2018 Class of Fellows and Pathfinders, respectively.“It’s ...
Press Releases
3/7/18
Patent Held by Merchant & Gould Client IPC Systems Survives Invalidity Challenges Unscathed
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that client IPC Systems, Inc., has emerged victorious in two patent disputes with Cloud9 Technologies.In January 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Cloud9 ...
Articles
3/5/18
35 U.S.C. § 101: Reports of its death are exaggerated
Merchant & Gould attorneys Rachel Zimmerman Scobie and Elisabeth Muirhead co-authored a Minnesota Lawyer article titled "35 U.S.C. § 101: Reports of its death are exaggerated." The article examines two recent decisions by the U.S. Court ...
Press Releases
2/28/18
Merchant & Gould Ranked in Top Patent Law Firms for 2017
Merchant & Gould is listed as #45 in Top Patent Law Firms for 2017, an IPWatchdog ranking of 803 law firms based on the total number of U.S. utility patents that issued in 2017 where the patent firms were listed on the front of the utility patents.Merchant ...
Press Releases
2/20/18
Merchant & Gould Secures Three IPR Wins at PTAB for Client Askeladden
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that New York-based client Askeladden won three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) last week.A patent quality advocacy group, Askeladden challenged a pair of Purple ...
Events
2/15/18
Oil States, WesternGeco, and More
You are invited to attend the Oil States and More CLE hosted by Merchant & Gould on February 15 at Windows on Minnesota, IDS Center, Minneapolis. Join us for: A fast-paced and energetic update on recent case law developments important to patent litigation A ...
Press Releases
2/7/18
Team of Four Receives Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year Award
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that a team of four of attorneys has received an award for Attorneys of the Year - Groups from Minnesota Lawyer for 2017 in the category of performing significant public services. Partner Rachel Hughey and associates ...
Press Releases
2/6/18
Merchant & Gould Joins Girls Scouts of Colorado at IP Patch Event
Merchant & Gould joined forces with Girls Scouts of Colorado, Microsoft and Boulder toy robot maker Sphero, to help girls earn their Intellectual Property (IP) Patch.  Held at Denver’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month, Girl Scouts ...
Press Releases
1/25/18
Merchant & Gould Recognized by World Trademark Review
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce its Gold rating in the World Trademark Review list of the world's top trademark firms and attorneys for 2018. The firm and four of its trademark attorneys were again ranked in United States: Minnesota. ...
White Papers
1/18/18
Federal Circuit Holds Patentee May Challenge Timeliness Determination Regarding Inter Partes Review Petition
In Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., an en banc Federal Circuit majority held that the timeliness of a petition for inter partes review (IPR) is appealable. [1]  The opinion overruled Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. v. Apple Inc., where a Federal Circuit ...
Events
1/10/18
KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series
KSO Concertmaster Series Continues Violinist William Shaub stars in the second installment of the KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series featuring the music of Mozart, C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, and Kendall Briggs. This concert will take place ...
Press Releases
1/9/18
Merchant & Gould Promotes Two Attorneys to Partners in Denver
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the promotion of Denver attorneys Dana Jozefczyk and Marianne Timm-Schreiber to partner, expanding the firm’s commitment to women leadership and diversity. The promotion was effective Jan. 1, ...
Press Releases
1/3/18
Merchant & Gould Successfully Defends AmesburyTruth from $72,000,000 Trade Secrets Claim
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Edina, Minn.-based client Amesbury Group, Inc. won one of Minnesota’s biggest defense cases in 2017, by defeating a misappropriation of trade secrets claim that sought over $72,000,000 in damages in Creative ...
Articles
12/20/17
An End To Systematically Undercompensating US Patentees?
UPDATE: On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review this case over lost profits damages. This is another step toward the Supreme Court potentially fixing what the Solicitor General says is systematic under-compensation of patent owners. The ...
Press Releases
11/1/17
Rachel Zimmerman Scobie Inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Rachel Zimmerman Scobie, a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office, has been formally inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The induction ceremony took place during the LCA’s ...
Press Releases
10/26/17
Merchant & Gould Presents 2017 Pro Bono Award to 7-Person Asylum Team
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Pro Bono Achievement Award: a Merchant & Gould team of five attorneys and two assistants who handled a volunteer pro bono case from the ...
Articles
10/25/17
When Should You Enforce Your Intellectual Property Rights?
Trademarks and copyrights are among an organization's most valuable assets. If you think someone is infringing your intellectual property rights, understanding a few key issues will enable you to evaluate whether to enforce your rights and what steps to ...
Events
10/10/17
Trade Secret Theft Occurring Overseas
Join us for a complimentary CLE on stopping overseas competitors from using the stolen trade secrets of U.S. businesses, then stay for beverages, appetizers and a networking happy hour amidst compelling Computer History Museum exhibits.This seminar ...