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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)

Walter E. Hanley, Jr. Partner
New York, NY 1.212.908.6263

Overview

Walter Hanley’s practice focuses on patent infringement litigation, as well as broad-based intellectual property litigation and counseling experience. He acts as lead counsel for clients in patent infringement suits involving a variety of complex technologies. Mr. Hanley has appeared in federal courts around the country and has argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Hanley also counsels and assists clients on issues relating to the validity, enforceability and infringement of intellectual property rights, and on the procurement and transfer of intellectual property. He has also represented both requestors and patent owners in numerous ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination proceedings, and petitioners in inter partes review proceedings.  

Mr. Hanley has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of “IP–Patent Litigation: full coverage” (2013).  He is active in bar association work, especially the New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, where he is President-Elect, a member of the board of directors, and past chair of the committee on alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Hanley is a frequent speaker on topics relating to intellectual property litigation and has served as an arbitrator and neutral evaluator in patent disputes. He is also a member of Kenyon’s management committee. 

Representative Experience

Federal Circuit Arguments

  • Sony in Trans Video Electronics. Ltd. v. Sony Electronics Inc. 
  • Perkin-Elmer in TA Instruments, Inc. v. Perkin-Elmer Corp. 
  • Applera in Applera Corp. v. Micromass UK Ltd. 
  • Scimed in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. v. Scimed Life Systems, Inc. 
  • Oscar Mayer in Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. v. ConAgra, Inc. 

Trials

  • Infosint in Infosint S.A. v.H. Lundbeck A/S, et al. (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Boston Scientific in Cordis Corp. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (D. Del.)
  • Northpoint in Northpoint Technology Ltd. v. MDS America, Inc. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Applera in Applera Corp. v. Micromass UK Ltd. (D. Del.) 
  • Scimed in Scimed Life Systems, Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson (D. Del.)

Additional Litigations

  • Netflix in Trans Video Electronics, Ltd. v. Netflix,Inc. (D. Del.) 
  • Sony in HumanEyes Technologies, Ltd. v. Sony Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • Olympus in Intellectual Ventures v. Canon Inc., Olympus Corp., et al. (D. Del.) 
  • Sony in In the Matter of Certain Cameras and Mobile Devices (ITC)
  • Airbus in Firepass IP Holdings, Inc v. Airbus Americas Inc., et al. (E.D.N.Y.) 
  • Sony in Trans Video Electronics LLC v. Sony Electronics Inc. (N.D. Cal.) 
  • BAE Systems in Odom v. Attachmate Inc., et al. (D. Ore.) 
  • Olympus in Voice Domain Technologies LLC v. Olympus Corp., et al. (W.D. Okla.)
  • Sony in Agere Systems Inc. v. Sony Corp., et al. (E.D. Tex.) 
  • Richemont in Richemont N.A. Inc. v. Wing Hon Metal Mfg. Inc. (D.D.C.) 
  • The Knot in WeddingChannel.com, Inc. v. The Knot, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Applera in Thermo Finnigan LLC v. Applera Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • Applera in Applera Corp. v. Thermo Electron Corp. (D. Del.) (for Applera)
  • Boston Scientific in Medtronic Vascular, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (D. Del., Fed. Cir.) 
  • Applera in Waters Technologies Corp. v. Applera Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • University of Manitoba, MDS Sciex, and Applera in University of Manitoba v. Waters Technologies Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • Aesculap in Aesculap AG & Co. KG v. Walter Lorenz Surgical, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) 
  • Scimed in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. v. Scimed Life Systems, Inc. (S.D. Ind.) 
  • Internet Software in Interactive Gift Express, Inc. v. Compuserve Inc. et al. (S.D.N.Y., Fed. Cir.) 

Experience

  • Perkin-Elmer in TA Instruments, Inc. v. Perkin-Elmer Corp.
  • Scimed in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. v. Scimed Life Systems, Inc.
  • Oscar Mayer in Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. v. ConAgra, Inc. 
  • Infosint in Infosint S.A. v.H. Lundbeck A/S, et al. (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Northpoint in Northpoint Technology Ltd. v. MDS America, Inc. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Scimed in Scimed Life Systems, Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson (D. Del.)
  • Netflix in Trans Video Electronics, Ltd. v. Netflix,Inc. (D. Del.) 
  • Sony in HumanEyes Technologies, Ltd. v. Sony Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • Olympus in Intellectual Ventures v. Canon Inc., Olympus Corp., et al. (D. Del.) 
  • Sony in In the Matter of Certain Cameras and Mobile Devices (ITC)
  • Airbus in Firepass IP Holdings, Inc v. Airbus Americas Inc., et al. (E.D.N.Y.) 
  • Sony in Trans Video Electronics LLC v. Sony Electronics Inc. (N.D. Cal.) 
  • BAE Systems in Odom v. Attachmate Inc., et al. (D. Ore.) 
  • Olympus in Voice Domain Technologies LLC v. Olympus Corp., et al. (W.D. Okla.)
  • Richemont in Richemont N.A. Inc. v. Wing Hon Metal Mfg. Inc. (D.D.C.) 
  • The Knot in WeddingChannel.com, Inc. v. The Knot, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Applera in Thermo Finnigan LLC v. Applera Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • Applera in Applera Corp. v. Thermo Electron Corp. (D. Del.) (for Applera)
  • Boston Scientific in Medtronic Vascular, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (D. Del., Fed. Cir.) 
  • Applera in Waters Technologies Corp. v. Applera Corp. (D. Del.) 
  • University of Manitoba, MDS Sciex, and Applera in University of Manitoba v. Waters Technologies Corp.(D. Del.) 
  • Aesculap in Aesculap AG & Co. KG v. Walter Lorenz Surgical, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) 
  • Scimed in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. v. Scimed Life Systems, Inc. (S.D. Ind.) 
  • Internet Software in Interactive Gift Express, Inc. v. Compuserve Inc. et al. (S.D.N.Y., Fed. Cir.) 
  • Trans Video Electronics, Ltd. v. Sony Electronics Inc., et al. Read More
  • Agere Systems Inc. v. Sony Corporation et al. Read More
  • Applera Corp. v. Micromass UK Ltd. Read More
  • Applera Corp. v. Micromass UK, Ltd. Read More
  • Cordis Corp. v. Boston Scientific Corp. Read More
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Credentials

Education

  • Boston University, J.D., 1976
  • University of Notre Dame, Aerospace Engineering, B.S., with high honors, 1973

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Organizations

  • New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, President-Elect, a member of the board of directors, and past chair of the committee on alternative dispute resolution
  • Intellectual Property Owners’ Association, member of the committee on arbitration and mediation 
  • American Bar Association, litigation and intellectual property sections, where he has served on committees on federal practice and procedure and industrial design