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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)

Ajita Shukla Associate
New York, NY 1.212.908.6436


Ajita Shukla’s practice focuses on patent litigation and copyright. She has represented clients in patent infringement cases involving a wide range of industries and technologies, including electrical and computer, pharmaceutical, medical devices, and consumer goods. In addition, she has experience with copyright involving music royalties, as well as entertainment licensing. Ms. Shukla has experience in district courts, the International Court of Arbitration, and before the International Trade Commission for firm clients such as Sony, Teva, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, and Compact Media Group.

Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Shukla worked as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. While attending law school, Ms. Shukla represented a detainee in an affirmative federal asylum hearing as part of the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice Immigrant Workers Rights clinical program.



  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • Lehigh University, English, B.A., 2004
  • Lehigh University, Biochemistry, B.S., 2004

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