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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)

Kevin T. Godlewski Counsel
New York, NY 1.212.908.6203

Overview

Kevin Godlewski's practice includes patent prosecution, client counseling and opinion work, and he has also been involved in patent litigation.  Mr. Godlewski's patent prosecution, client counseling and opinion work is focused primarily in chemical and pharmaceutical technologies, while his patent litigation experience has been in the field of medical devices.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Godlewski worked for three years as a chemical engineer in the Steam Generators / Steam Plant Chemistry unit of Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, one of the two national laboratories responsible for the design and maintenance of the nuclear propulsion systems for the U.S. Naval nuclear fleet.

Credentials

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998, Associate Editor, The Georgetown Law JournalOrder of the Coif
  • University of Notre Dame, Chemical Engineering, B.S., cum laude, 1992

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office