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 & Kenyon once again has been ranked a top-tier law firm by three leading publications specializing in intellectual property law.
Managing Intellectual Property ranked Kenyon in the top-tier “highly recommended” category for all practices, including Copyright, Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious, and Trademark Prosecution. “The counsels at Kenyon & Kenyon have excellent— and the latest— knowledge of IP law/rule and court procedures,” one client was quoted as saying. “They advised us based on the knowledge when we encountered any difficult situations.”
In addition to recognizing Kenyon as a top-tier firm, Managing Intellectual Property named a number of individual Kenyon attorneys “IP Stars.” John Flock, Steven Lee, and Michael Lennon are among those ranked as Patent Stars, and James Rosini was named a Trademark Star. Kenyon partners Edward Colbert, Susan Smith and Michael Zachary also were named as both Patent and Trademark Stars.
IAM Patent 1000 recognized Kenyon as a top firm in multiple categories. According to IAM, Kenyon has a “rich tradition of excellence in patent litigation and prosecution.” Michael Lennon is recognized as a “litigation and licensing ace.” The publication said “he knows how to handle the most sophisticated plaintiffs and has the technical acuity to keep pace with the ongoing convergence emerging in the car industry.” Michael is “relentless and runs his team like a well-oiled machine.”
IAM also praised “seasoned litigator and procurement specialist” Steven Lee for his work in the life sciences, and singled out electrical engineering and computer technology specialist John Flock, who has a “loyal following of marquee names.”
Kenyon received special recognition from IAM for its patent transactions and prosecution practices: “Firms with a deep prosecution bench are few and far between in New York, but Kenyon has solid gold in its chest of resources,” IAM wrote.
Chambers USA also ranked Kenyon as a top patent firm, drawing attention to the firm’s “strong reexamination and IPR group.” Chambers recognized Michael Lennon and Steven Lee for their individual practices, as well Jonathan Reichman for his trademark and right of publicity work. Mr. Reichman was praised by clients as a “skilled litigator” with an “excellent demeanor and shrewd approach to matters.”
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