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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)

Robert M. Shaw General Counsel
New York, NY 1.212.908.6474


Robert Shaw serves as the General Counsel to Kenyon.  He is an intellectual property lawyer who served for many years as in-house counsel at prominent pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical companies. He brings an invaluable ‘client-side’ perspective to Kenyon, which he leverages in order to advise firm clients on commercial transactions, due diligence, dispute resolution, IP strategies, and patent validity and infringement. Having served as General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Vice President of Intellectual Property, and Chief Administrative Officer at leading global companies, Mr. Shaw has proven experience developing IP strategies which help improve efficiencies and increase profitability. He also possesses substantial experience in interacting with government agencies on compliance issues and investigations. 

Prior to joining Kenyon, Mr. Shaw served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary for K-V Pharmaceutical Company, a brand and generic pharmaceutical manufacturer. Prior to that, Mr. Shaw served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Pliva, Inc., the United States subsidiary of a billion dollar brand and generic pharmaceutical company and API supplier and, prior to that, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, as well as Chief Administrative Officer at Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Shaw served as the Vice President of Intellectual Property at BASF Corporation. Prior to moving in-house, Mr. Shaw spent five years as an attorney at IP boutique law firms.



  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Amherst College, Chemistry, B.A., cum laude, 1976

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