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)
Baseball and softball will return to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, in no small part due to the efforts of Kenyon Managing Partner Edward Colbert, who also serves as General Counsel for the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
“I’m thrilled that the International Olympic Committee approved bringing these sports back to the games,” said Colbert, noting that baseball was added to the Olympics in 1992 and softball four years later, but both were dropped after 2008. “I’ve been involved with these sports for more than 30 years, and am sure that they will be a huge success at the 2020 Olympic Games.”
Colbert drafted the articles of association for the World Baseball Softball Confederation, and helped combine the formerly separate International Federations for Baseball (IBAF) and for Softball (ISF), into one combined sports federation recognized by the IOC – The World Baseball Softball Confederation. He participated in meetings with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, as well as the Japan, Korea and Taiwanese professional baseball commissioners, garnering their support to urge the IOC to return these sports to the Olympic Games.
World Baseball Softball Confederation President Ricardo Fraccari has applauded the IOC’s August 3 decision.
“Today’s decision is an important milestone in the sport’s history and a momentous day for baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries, as well as millions more fans around the world,” he said, adding, “A key part of baseball/softball’s popularity is the universality of the sport. It offers an accessible route for young people all over the world to play and stay in sport.”
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