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Kenyon Successfully Represents Toyota in Years-Long Patent Litigation

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP successfully represented Toyota Motor Corp. in a long term patent litigation against American Vehicular Sciences (AVS). Originally brought by AVS in the Eastern District of Texas, the matter asserted 24 patents across seven separate cases – accusing essentially every major Toyota vehicular safety system. In the three years since the original filing, the Kenyon team filed 12 separate petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and won a stay in the E.D. Tex. pending resolution of the IPRs. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board granted each of the IPRs, and significant claims were cancelled or dropped. Additionally, the Kenyon team successfully petitioned the Federal Circuit for a writ of mandamus and the case was transferred from the E.D. Tex. to the Eastern District of Michigan, and filed various invalidity summary judgment papers, causing the plaintiff to drop a number of other asserted patents. In May of 2015, the E.D. Mich. granted the plaintiff’s unopposed motions to dismiss with prejudice all of the remaining cases against Toyota. (2015)



Kenyon is committed to providing the best intellectual property services possible to the most creative and innovative clients in the world. We hire attorneys who share this passion. As such, the lateral associates that we hire have typically gained experience practicing IP law, and earned degrees in scientific or technical fields, before they join our firm. Upon being hired at Kenyon, associates benefit from a staffing model that is designed to help them become well-rounded attorneys who possess a broad skill set and expertise in all areas of the practice – patent, trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and opinion work and licensing. We support this training by distributing work in a manner that affords opportunities to gain broad-based expertise and refined skills. We also maintain a tradition of teamwork and collaboration, which we foster partner to associate and associate to associate through our firm wide mentoring program. As a testament to our culture of professional growth and development, most attorneys who join Kenyon opt to stay.

Information about specific opportunities available at Kenyon may be found in the Current Opportunities section of our website.

Work Assignments

New associates are integrated quickly into the practice and benefit from the wealth of expertise that exists at a firm where intellectual property is the main attraction. Our Associate Development Program focuses on preparing associates to provide our clients with the best possible representation across practices. We do this by giving responsibility to associates very early in their careers, affording them opportunities to argue motions, participate in Markman hearings, take depositions and develop strategies regarding the facts in their cases.

Mentoring & Training

Each associate at Kenyon is assigned a Mentor within his/her practice group. Mentors keep in contact with their mentees during the year to discuss their recent cases, projects and progress, as well as provide guidance on projects and workload management. They also review associates on a semi-annual basis.

Beyond mentoring, our Associate Development Program includes an optional patent litigation skills training program, an optional in-house patent bar review course, optional foreign language skills training, an annual ethics seminar on the art of establishing and maintaining client relationships, and regular in-house courses pertaining to a variety of IP related subject areas and topics. We also encourage associates to seek training outside of the firm by offering individual associate stipends for CLE seminar attendance, reimbursement for state and patent bar expenses, reimbursement for bar association dues and yearly merit bonuses. In addition, we coordinate access to pro bono programs hosted by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Virginia Appellate Defender’s Office, the New York State Mentor Program, the New York City Department of Law, and other organizations.