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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 ...
Press Releases
10/3/17
Merchant & Gould Grows Minneapolis Office with Three Associates
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome new associate attorneys Karen Beckman, Ph.D., Ryan Borelo and Lindsay Hartman to its Minneapolis officeKaren Beckman joins Merchant & Gould’s Litigation and Chemical & Life Sciences practice groups after ...
Events
9/28/17
Merchant & Gould Attorneys Speak at Midwest IP Institute
Three Merchant & Gould attorneys will be featured speakers at the 2017 Midwest IP Institute on September 28 in Minneapolis. Partners Andrew Lagatta, Heather Kliebenstein, and Rachel Hughey will give presentations on the first day of the conference.2017 ...
Articles
9/25/17
Jozefczyk and Lewis Offer IP Considerations for Colorado Startups
Merchant & Gould attorneys Dana Jozefczyk and George Lewis discuss the Colorado startup scene in this Law Week Colorado article.An Intellectual Consideration Merchant & Gould attorneys dish out intellectual property advice in advance of Denver Startup ...
Events
9/14/17
Managing IP Litigation: A Workshop for In-House Counsel
In-house counsel have a unique role in litigation and play an important part in executing overall litigation strategy. Certain litigation tasks are ill-suited to delegation to outside counsel and are better managed in-house.You're invited to a complimentary ...
Press Releases
8/15/17
Seventeen Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named Best Lawyers© 2018
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that seventeen attorneys from three of its office locations have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-reviewed surveys in ...
Press Releases
8/11/17
Merchant & Gould Provides Legal Help to Minnesotans Living in Poverty
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is proud to support Volunteer Lawyers Network Ltd., which builds a better Minnesota by protecting the rights of people living in poverty.People of color, women, immigrants, the elderly, people ...
Press Releases
7/31/17
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 2017 edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.This guide lists the individuals ...
Press Releases
7/25/17
Loretta Freeman Named in The National Black Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 Lists
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that attorney Loretta L. Freeman has been named in The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 list for 2017, her third consecutive year to receive this recognition. She has also been named a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer ...
News Alerts
7/14/17
Impressions from the Heartland
The Supreme Court recently issued two opinions changing patent law in ways that will affect a number of companies in Minnesota.   Is it Good-Bye, Eastern Texas? First and foremost, in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the Supreme Court overruled 30 ...
White Papers
6/26/17
Matal v. Tam
In a plurality opinion in Matal v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit and held that the disparagement clause [of 15 U. S. C. § 1052(a)] “violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”[1] Although the Justices ...
Press Releases
6/20/17
Merchant & Gould Grows New York Office with Three Hires
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its New York office upon hiring three new attorneys: two electrical engineering partners, Jonathan Berschadsky and Frank DeLucia, Jr., and an industrial engineering associate, Luciano Ricondo. ...
Press Releases
6/16/17
Merchant & Gould Named Pro Bono Firm of the Year by State Bar of Wisconsin
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm with an office in Madison, Wisconsin, is pleased to announce that it has received the 2016 Pro Bono Firm or Organization of the Year award from the State Bar of Wisconsin. In the June 15, 2017 ...
White Papers
6/16/17
Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
In a unanimous decision in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc.,[1] the U.S. Supreme Court held that injunctive relief was not available under federal law to enforce 42 U.S.C. § 262(l)(2)(A) of The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”). ...
Press Releases
6/6/17
Merchant & Gould Listed in IAM Patent 1000
Three Merchant & Gould offices and fourteen individuals were recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 list of “the world’s leading patent professionals” for 2017.In its rankings of firms and individuals, IAM Patent 1000 includes Merchant & ...
White Papers
6/1/17
Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.
In a nearly unanimous decision delivered May 30, 2017 by Chief Justice Roberts in Impression Prods., Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc.,[1] the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights ...
Press Releases
5/30/17
Merchant & Gould Promotes Attorney Kathleen Ott to Partner
Merchant & Gould is excited to announce the promotion of attorney Kathleen Ott to partner, after she worked as an associate for nine years. The promotion embraces the growth of the Denver office, bringing greater depth to the firm’s local leadership, ...
White Papers
5/23/17
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC: Domestic Corporate Residence for Purposes of Patent Venue In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ____ (2017), the Supreme Court held that a domestic corporation “resides” ...
Events
5/20/17
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 139th Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) on May 20, 2017 in ...
White Papers
5/3/17
Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.
Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.: Under AIA, Public Disclosure of Sale Implicates On-Sale Bar Even Where Details of Invention Are Not Publicly DisclosedIn Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.,[1] the Federal Circuit determined ...
Articles
4/22/17
Threatened Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
David C. Bohrer, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Merchant & Gould, authored an article that was published in the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, Volume 33, Issue 4 on April 22, 2017. The stepping off point for the article is that the ...
Events
4/20/17
ChIPs Launches Colorado Chapter
ChIPs Colorado Chapter Inaugural Event Please join us to celebrate the establishment of the ChIPs Colorado Chapter on Thursday, April 20 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the USPTO Denver office. The festivities will include a reception, lunch, and a speaker panel discussing ...
Events
4/6/17
Cybersecurity CLE in Minneapolis
As part of our CYBERWORLD Series, join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on intellectual property law and cybersecurity, then stay for beverages and heavy appetizers at a networking happy hour in a private room at the Minneapolis Club. Cybersecurity: ...
Events
4/5/17
Lutz and Jozefczyk Presenting at ACC Colorado In-House Counsel Forum
Merchant & Gould attorneys Nancy Lutz and Dana Jozefczyk will be speaking at an April 5, 2017 forum hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel - Colorado Chapter. The forum, "What to Expect in Uncertain Times Under the Trump Administration," ...
Press Releases
3/31/17
Mansi Shah Elected as Fellow to American Bar Foundation
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Mansi Shah, a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, has been elected as a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation (“ABF”) upon the recommendation of the national officers of The Fellows ...
White Papers
3/24/17
Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.: Eligibility of Design Features for Copyright ProtectionIn Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 580 U.S. _____ (2017), the Supreme Court determined that two-dimensional designs appearing on the surface ...
White Papers
3/23/17
SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products
SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products: Laches Inapplicable as Defense to Damages within Six Years of Patent InfringementIn SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, 580 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court held that the equitable defense ...
Press Releases
3/17/17
Mansi Shah and Linhda Nguyen Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Respectively as Fellow and Pathfinder
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that attorneys Mansi H. Shah and Linhda Nguyen have been selected as members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2017 class of Fellows and Pathfinders, respectively.“This is an honor and an ...
Press Releases
3/8/17
Merchant & Gould Hires Five Attorneys in Denver
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, is pleased to welcome five attorneys to its Denver office. The new hires span the last year and include Nancy Simon, Robert Sykes, Ethan Bell, Greg Johnson ...
Events
3/6/17
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big PictureYou're invited to the second annual Merchant & Gould In-House Strategies Updates and Panel on March 6 at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. Join us for updates and tactics ...
Press Releases
2/23/17
Merchant & Gould Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Plantronics in Key Patent Exhaustion Case Pending before U.S. Supreme Court
Merchant & Gould client Plantronics, a leading global designer, manufacturer, and marketer of headsets for business and consumer applications, has filed a brief in a closely-watched U.S. Supreme Court case addressing when and how a patent owner's U.S. ...
White Papers
2/23/17
Life Technologies v. Promega
Life Technologies v. Promega: “Substantial Portion” as a Quantitative MeasureIn Life Technologies v. Promega, 580 U.S. ____ (2017), the Supreme Court held that a single component of a multi-component patented invention cannot be considered “a ...
Events
2/9/17
INTA Trademark Administrator’s Roundtable
The Washington, D.C. area office of Merchant & Gould will host an International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademark Administrator’s Roundtable discussion on “Non-Traditional Marks and the Traditional Practice” on Thursday, Feb. 9 from ...
Articles
2/6/17
Navigating Post-Grant Proceedings
As published in the January/February 2017 issue of The Federal Lawyer.The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee1 clarified two important issues regarding post-grant procedures, namely, whether a Patent ...
Guide Books
2/2/17
Trademark Clearance and Usage Guide
A trademark is a word, symbol, or a combination of both, which serves to indicate that your company is the source of goods. A service mark is the same except it is for services rather than products. Trademarks are valuable assets of your company and should ...
Articles
1/27/17
The concrete road to solid patents
As published in the Jan. 27, 2017 edition of the Denver Business Journal By Monica Mendoza Photo: Kathleen Lavine Caption: Kirstin Stoll-DeBell, KathleenOtt and Timothy Scull are patent attorneys and partners of Merchant & Gould.If you are a software ...
Press Releases
1/26/17
Heather Kliebenstein Named "40 Under 40" Honoree by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that partner Heather J. Kliebenstein has been selected as a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.This annual award goes to 40 business and community leaders in the Twin Cities ...
Press Releases
1/13/17
Merchant & Gould Team Takes First Place in 2016 Twin Cities 5K Corporate Team Challenge
A group of six Merchant & Gould professionals took home the first place prize for fastest team in the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 5K Corporate Team Challenge.In Minnesota, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon race series brings 25,000 runners and ...
News Alerts
1/6/17
TTAB Rules of Practice Are Changing Significantly
The USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has adopted new rules.  These rules significantly streamline the TTAB process, including allowing more material to be submitted through a notice of reliance and allowing testimony through declaration.  ...
Articles
12/19/16
Moving Forward: Managing Partner Roundtable 2016
Tim Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould's Denver office, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017 in this Law Week Colorado feature article.Managing Partner Roundtable: Moving Forward Law Week Colorado Dec. 19, 2016 Vol. 14 No. 51Law Week on ...
Press Releases
12/9/16
Merchant & Gould Secures Victory for Client Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Hatch-Waxman Litigation
On December 8, 2016, Merchant & Gould scored a victory for its client Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Hatch-Waxman litigation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.Aurobindo and several other generic companies are defendants in litigation ...
White Papers
12/9/16
Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.: Redefining Design Patents’ “Article of Manufacture” Standard
Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.: Redefining Design Patents’ “Article of Manufacture” StandardThe Supreme Court addressed the scope of design patents for which a patentee may recover an infringer’s “total profits” under ...
Events
12/8/16
Lunch & Learn: Understanding the Scope and Impact of the TTAB Rule Changes
Please join us for a complimentary Lunch & Learn CLE covering recent rule changes at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.The Minneapolis Club Governor's Room 729 2nd Avenue South  Minneapolis, MN ...