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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)


Summer Associates

Attorneys who have helped shape and redefine IP law itself provide Kenyon’s comprehensive summer program, which involves assignments on groundbreaking cases handled for high-profile clients.

Candidate Selection

Candidates who thrive on interesting assignments, hard work, and a collegial atmosphere will excel at Kenyon. We seek candidates whose backgrounds prepare them to deal productively and confidently with the clients, co-counsel and opposing counsel with whom we work. Key criteria that we consider in the hiring process include a strong academic record, excellent written and interpersonal skills, degrees and professional experience in scientific or technical fields, fluency in foreign languages, and judicial clerkships.

On Campus Interviewing

Kenyon recruits the best talent from the top law schools. A majority of our hiring is facilitated through our participation in the On Campus Interview programs offered by these schools. After meeting with candidates on campus, our interviewers send their evaluations and recommendations to Kenyon’s Hiring Committee, which decides whom to invite to participate in interviews at our offices. The additional evaluations and recommendations that our attorneys complete about candidates after the in-office interviews are reviewed again by the Hiring Committee before the firm decides which candidates will receive an offer to participate in our Summer Associates Program.

Kenyon is now accepting applications from upcoming second year law students for the 2017 Summer Associate program. To apply, please send your resume, transcripts and writing sample to Elizabeth Knechtges at eknechtges@kenyon.com.

Work Assignments

Our nuts-and-bolts summer program exposes recruits to interesting, complex legal issues, an incredibly diverse client base and a large complement of talented attorneys who mentor them on the development of their legal skills. Summer Associates are given a chance to experience all aspects of our comprehensive IP practice, from litigation, prosecution, client counseling, and due diligence to licensing in the patent, trademark and copyright areas. They are also given real world work assignments designed to give them a first-hand understanding of the dynamics of our IP practice, as well as a snapshot of life as a first year associate at Kenyon.

Assignments include work with:

  • Busy litigation teams, with the opportunity to attend client meetings, draft motions and briefs, and view a deposition and trial
  • Trademark and copyright attorneys, conducting legal research and assisting in the drafting of licensing agreements
  • Patent prosecutors, offering experience and training in patent, opinion and due diligence practice

In addition, Summer Associates are encouraged to attend and present at regularly scheduled practice group meetings held throughout the summer. Such meetings afford Summer Associates the opportunity to participate in group discussions about topical issues relating to recent decisions and legislation that may impact the firm’s practice.

Mentoring & Training

Kenyon helps Summer Associates acclimate to firm life by pairing them with a Partner and an Associate to serve as Mentor and Buddy, respectively, throughout the summer. Mentors and Buddies guide our Summer Associates in their work and offer insight on their potential career at the firm.

Summer Associates also receive extensive training opportunities tailored to their interests and skills by our Director of Professional Development, including weekly seminars covering all aspects of the practice. Designed to provide Summer Associates with new skill sets and a solid foundation to serve them throughout their career, the seminars focus on:

  • Intro to Intellectual Property
  • Legal research in the IP practice
  • US Patent Law
  • Intro to Patent Infringement Litigation
  • Claims Drafting
  • Trademark basics
  • Copyright basics
  • Multiple Sources Patent Litigation Searching
  • Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice
  • The role of a junior litigation associate

Summer Associates are also afforded opportunities to train with and perform pro bono assignments for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA). The VLA program typically extends to cases involving trademark, copyright and contract law issues. Summer Associates interested in gaining experience handling VLA projects are teamed up with Kenyon partners and associates who assist with the assignments.

Summer Activities

Kenyon understands the value of work-life balance. We plan a host of activities for Summer Associates to enjoy out on the town throughout the season. Some activities provide a casual setting for Summer Associates to mingle with attorneys, peers and other legal minds, such as the NYC Bar Association's Lunch with a Judge series, and summer events hosted by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the New York State Bar Association, and the ACLU LGBT.

Other events feature a cross section of the city's many cultural highlights, including wine tasting dinners hosted by Gourmet Magazine's wine consultant, Broadway shows, Major League Baseball games, sailing and golf outings, and cooking classes at The Institute of Culinary Education. Similar events are organized by our DC and Silicon Valley offices. We celebrate the end of the season with a Summer Gala event, which is attended by Summer Associates, partners, associates and firm administrators.

Evaluations and Offers

Kenyon’s Summer Associates receive assignments from the Director of Professional Recruiting and attorneys acting as supervisors, mentors and buddies. All attorneys who assign work to a Summer Associate are asked to complete a “Project Evaluation Form” for each project completed and offer an oral evaluation to the Summer Associate who performed the work. Summer Associates are also encouraged to solicit comments from their Assigning Attorneys at the end of each project. Project evaluation forms and supplemental feedback are submitted to the Director of Professional Recruiting at the conclusion of each assignment. The Hiring Committee reviews all evaluations to make determinations about which Summer Associates will receive offers to join Kenyon as associates upon completion of their legal studies.

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