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Press Releases
2/20/19
Merchant & Gould Is Recognized by World Trademark Review for Its “Outstanding and Reliable” Work and IP Leaders in Minnesota
Merchant & Gould is proud to be recognized in the “United States: Minnesota” category in World Trademark Review’s 2019 research directory, WTR 1000, a peer-feedback-based resource which spotlights firms and attorneys that are deemed “outstanding” ...
Press Releases
2/11/19

In true Merchant & Gould “community spirit,” the Atlanta office sponsored The CIP CUP® 2018 Charity Golf

In true Merchant & Gould “community spirit,” the Atlanta office sponsored The CIP CUP® 2018 Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 4, helping raise $11,250 for IP-related community organizations.  The annual event provides an opportunity ...
Press Releases
2/11/19
Merchant & Gould Welcomes New Associate to Its Minneapolis Office
Merchant & Gould is excited to welcome Saalini Sekar as its newest associate in the Minneapolis office.   She will bring her electrical engineering and patent experience to the Electrical Group.After seven years in the technology sector with ...
Press Releases
2/6/19
Remembering Steven Owens
We have lost a friend, colleague and Knoxville office partner, Steven F. Owens, 37, who passed away on Feb. 2.  He fought valiantly against cancer for almost two years.  Steven was a valued member of the Merchant & Gould team, and he will be ...
Press Releases
1/22/19
Eric Chad, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C. Has Earned CIPP/US Certification
Eric Chad, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C., has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Eric counsels clients on a variety ...
Press Releases
1/17/19
Merchant & Gould’s Chairman Emeritus Elected as Treasurer of AIPLA
Merchant & Gould congratulates Brian Batzli, partner and chairman emeritus, for his  role with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a national bar association that helps establish and maintain fair and effective laws and policies. Brian ...
Press Releases
1/7/19
Merchant & Gould’s Patent Agent Elected as President of Japan America Society of Colorado
Merchant & Gould P.C., a national intellectual property (IP) law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, congratulates patent agent Nobu Yoda for his elected role as president of the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC), a nonprofit organization ...
Press Releases
1/1/19
Merchant & Gould Promotes Five Attorneys to Partners in Three Office Locations
Merchant & Gould promoted five attorneys in three of its offices around the country -- a great way to launch the New Year.  The promotions include Eric R. Chad, Mark L. Gleason and Anneliese S. Mayer in Minneapolis; Ryan J. Fletcher, Ph.D., in Denver; ...
Press Releases
1/1/19
George Lewis Elected to Merchant & Gould’s Executive Committee
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that George C. Lewis, P.E., partner, who initially joined the Denver office in 1999, has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee for a two-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2019.  He replaces Tony Zeuli ...
Press Releases
1/1/19

Long-time Merchant & Gould attorney John (“Jack”) Clifford will transition his full-time practice into a part

Long-time Merchant & Gould attorney John (“Jack”) Clifford will transition his full-time practice into a part-time, “of counsel” role, effective Jan. 2.  Jack started his career at Merchant & Gould in 1981; and, for 38 ...
Articles
12/20/18
5 holiday gifts that will scare the data out of you …
’Tis the season for nifty new tech gadgets. Imagine coming home to a robot-cleaned floor, a personal assistant ready for your every command, and a camera that activates for your pets and visitors. You can wear a watch that provides data about your body ...
Articles
12/18/18
Merchant & Gould Earned “Honor Roll for IP Litigation” in BTI Litigation Outlook 2019
Merchant & Gould has been named an “Honor Roll Firm for IP Litigation” in the new BTI Litigation Outlook 2019: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms.  Achieving “Honor Roll” is a special distinction that signals a ...
Articles
12/18/18
M&G’s Denver Office Shares Holiday Spirit with Girls Inc., Promoting STEM Programming for Girls
Merchant & Gould sponsored a holiday-themed, community-service event with American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) “Women in IP” on Dec. 10, for Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, an organization that promotes the “whole girl,” ...
Articles
12/13/18

Merchant & Gould sponsored a holiday-themed, community-service event with American Intellectual Property Law Association

Merchant & Gould sponsored a holiday-themed, community-service event with American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) “Women in IP” on Dec. 10, for Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, an organization that promotes the “whole girl,” ...
Articles
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 ...
Press Releases
10/11/18
Knoxville Office Congratulates Steven Taylor on Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that Steven Taylor, a member of its Knoxville team, earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Tennessee.  Steven is a technical advisor for the firm, helping inventors get the broadest coverage ...
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 ...
Events
4/5/18
Cybersecurity CLE in Knoxville
Cyber threats are too often a matter of “when” not “if”. Using recent high-profile security breaches as examples, this presentation explores the nature, target, and common perpetrators of threats to digital information, as well as proactive ...
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 ...