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Congratulations to GBC Attorneys listed among 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Patrick G. Burns and Paul G. Juettner named to Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property

Amy C. Ziegler named to Super Lawyers list for IP Litigation
Justin R. Gaudio named to Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property

No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of Illinois are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Selecting the attorneys involves a rigorous, multi-stage process including peer nominations, peer evaluations and third party research. Selections for both lists are made on a state-by-state basis annually.

 

About Greer Burns & Crain Ltd.

 

At GBC, we see the law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We are constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We work together to handle complex challenges in litigation, patents, trademarks, anti-counterfeiting and all other facets of Intellectual Property Law anywhere in the world.

 

In 2015, GBC was ranked as the second busiest trademark litigation practice in the U.S. based on number of cases filed and that trend continued in 2016.  GBC has also been recognized as Best in the USA for Software Trademark Portfolio Management, Best Technology Law Firm in the Midwestern USA, a leading law firm in Internet & Domain Name Disputes, Best Online Law Firm in Chicago, and Most Renowned IP Law Firm in Illinois.

Greer Burns & Crain Client, Cummins Allison, Received #1 Spot in Crain’s Chicago Business’ Patent Quality Rankings

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Greer Burns & Crain (GBC) is pleased to announce for the second year in a row the firm’s client, Cummins Allison, has received the number one ranking by Crain’s Chicago Business for patent quality.  Crain’s Eureka Patent Quality Index ranks Illinois-based companies on patent activity focusing on the uniqueness of the invention covered by each patent as well as the quantity and the quality of patents received.  Crain’s Chicago Business also named Cummins Allison as one of the top ten most innovative companies in Chicago.

 

Cummins Allison, a leading provider of currency, coin and check processing solutions, ranked first overall in 2016 for patent quality with a quality score of 170.6  – placing the company’s patents in the top 1% of all U.S. patents issuing in 2015. Moreover, Cummins Allison has a history of receiving the highest quality patents and has ranked in the top three of all companies in Illinois in each and every year since Crain’s Chicago began publishing its Eureka Index.  Since 2012 when Crain’s Chicago began publishing its Eureka Index, Cummins Allison patents have been ranked first in 2015, second in 2014, first in 2013, and third in 2012.

 

GBC helps Cummins Allison patent its inventions and assists the company in managing a wide portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents.  Cummins Allison develops technology and processing equipment that images, counts, denominates, authenticates, and sorts currency, and is the only surviving U.S. manufacturer of equipment for processing paper currency.  “Cummins Allison is excited to be recognized for our unique and industry-changing innovations,” said Jeffrey Knoll, Executive Vice President, Corporate Counsel of Cummins Allison.  “Partnering with Greer Burns & Crain enables us to strategically develop strong, innovative, and enforceable patent portfolios that are the foundation of our business.”

 

“I have been honored to have been working with Cummins Allison for over twenty years to help them build and enforce an extensive portfolio of patents,” said Paul R. Kitch, GBC Chicago partner.  “Our internal team works side-by-side with the company to obtain results enabling Cummins Allison to reach its business objectives.”

 

Mr. Kitch is the current Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Law Committee and the President-Elect of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.  His practice focuses on strategic patent portfolio management including patent prosecution, litigation and counseling. He is successful in getting infringing products off the market and obtaining related damages.

 

About Greer Burns & Crain LTD

At GBC, we see the law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We are constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We work together to handle complex challenges in litigation, patents, trademarks, anti-counterfeiting and all other facets of Intellectual Property Law anywhere in the world.

In 2015, GBC was ranked as the second busiest trademark litigation practice in the U.S. based on number of cases filed and that trend continues in 2016.  GBC has also been recognized as Best in the USA for Software Trademark Portfolio Management, Best Technology Law Firm in the Midwestern USA, a leading law firm in Internet & Domain Name Disputes, Best Online Law Firm in Chicago, and Most Renowned IP Law Firm in Illinois.

Lateral Attorney Paul R. Kitch Joins Greer, Burns & Crain

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Paul R. Kitch Joins Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.

 

Greer Burns & Crain is pleased to announce that Paul R. Kitch has joined as a partner of the firm.  Founded in 1994, GBC is a full service intellectual property firm that offers a complete spectrum of IP services.  It is optimally sized to deliver the highest value to its clients while remaining laser-focused on their needs.

 

“We are very pleased that Paul has joined GBC,” exclaimed Patrick G. Burns, one of the firm’s founders.  “Paul’s extensive experience in building and enforcing patent portfolios of the highest quality compliments one of our core strengths.”

 

“I am very honored and excited to be joining Greer Burns & Crain,” responded Mr. Kitch.  “I have known several of the attorneys here including Pat Burns for many years and have always considered GBC to be a firm of the highest caliber.”

 

Mr. Kitch assists clients, especially high-tech companies and manufacturers, with strategic development, management and utilization of strong patent portfolios. One of the patent portfolios Mr. Kitch has been assisting a client build for over 20 years was ranked #1 in 2015 and 2013 for patent quality by Crain’s Chicago Business Eureka Index and #2 in 2014.  He focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and counseling and has repeatedly been successful in getting infringing products off the market and obtaining related damages. Additionally, he counsels clients concerning a variety of other aspects of intellectual property including copyright, trademark and other intellectual property matters.   Mr. Kitch is often asked to speak about leading issues impacting patent law such as recent changes in the landscape of patent eligible subject matter.

 

Paul Kitch currently serves as the Chair of the Patent Law Committee for national IP bar association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the President-Elect of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).

 

Greer Burns & Crain has obtained thousands of patents and trademark registrations for its clients in the US and abroad.  In 2015, GBC was ranked as the second busiest trademark litigation practice in the U.S. based on number of cases filed and that trend continues in 2016.  GBC has also been recognized as Best in the USA for Software Trademark Portfolio Management, Best Technology Law Firm in the Midwestern USA, a leading law firm in Internet & Domain Name Disputes, Best Online Law Firm in Chicago, and Most Renowned IP Law Firm in Illinois.

Congratulations to GBC Attorneys listed among 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to:

 

Patrick G. Burns and Paul G. Juettner named to Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property

Amy C. Ziegler named to Super Lawyers list for IP Litigation

Justin R. Gaudio and Atanu Das named to the Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property

 

No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of Illinois are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Selecting the attorneys involves a rigorous, multi-stage process including peer nominations, peer evaluations and third party research. Selections for both lists are made on a state-by-state basis annually.

 

GBC Named Best for Software Trademark Portfolio Management in the USA

Greer Burns & Crain Ltd. has been recognized as the Best for Software Trademark Portfolio Management in the USA by the Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards. This prestigious award officially recognizes the firm as one of the most outstanding performers in the trademark field.

GBC Recognized as Leading Law Firm in Internet & Domain Name Disputes

Greer, Burns & Crain is pleased to be recognized as a leading law firm in the Internet & Domain Name Disputes category for Illinois, USA by Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards 2015

Dr. Kate Berezutskaya Named the Chair of the Chicago of the Licensing Executives Society

GBC partner Dr. Kate Berezutskaya is honored to serve as Chair of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Chicago Chapter for year 2015-2016.  The LES Chicago Chapter holds regular meetings on topics relevant to technology transfer and licensing.

GBC Shareholder Featured in Alumni Profile

Shareholder Justin Gaudio was recently featured in a DePaul Law School Alumni Profile regarding his success in anticounterfeiting.

 

The article is available at the link below (page 16):

 

http://law.depaul.edu/alumni/Documents/summer_2015.pdf

GBC Shareholders Speak at 59th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

February 27, 2015 – GBC Shareholders Amy Ziegler and Justin Gaudio spoke at the 59th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference held at the John Marshall Law School.  They spoke on the “Practical Aspects of Handling Counterfeiting Cases.” Over one hundred attorneys attended the conference.

GBC Partner Discusses Costs Savings

Patrick Burns attended a seminar in Washington, D.C. sponsored by CPA Global.  He participated on a panel that discussed patent strategies to promote cost savings.

GBC Partners Attend AIPLA’s Mid-Winter Meeting in Orlando; Host Reception

Patrick Burns and Joe Kim attended AIPLA’s Mid-winter Meeting in Orlando.  Patrick hosted a reception sponsored by the Linn Inn Alliance.  The Alliance oversees activities of over twenty Inn’s of Court, which promote civility and collegiality among IP attorneys.  The Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit and other judges attended, as well as officers of AIPLA.

Greer Burns & Crain Opens California Office with Arrival of New Partners

Greer Burns & Crain Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in San Diego, California with the addition of two new partners Gregory P. Einhorn, Ph.D. and Eleanor M. Musick.  The California office strengthens GBC’s tech transfer and biotech practices and is conveniently located in the Del Mar Heights/Carmel Valley legal center of San Diego, less than 10 minutes to the San Diego Research Cluster and the Wireless Mecca.

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GBC Partner Kate Berezutskaya will moderate LES Panel Discussion with Dr. Steven Gould, Ms. Barbara Goodman and Dr. Maryam Saleh at MATTER on Feb. 19, 2015.

On February 19, 2015, Dr. Kate Berezutskaya will moderate the LES Chicago Chapter’s panel discussion on the topic of Boosting Start-ups in Chicago.

 

The speakers are Dr. Steven Gould, Interim Director, Chicago Innovation Mentors, Ms. Barbara Goodman, Senior Vice President, iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center, and Dr. Maryam Saleh, Director, Member Experience, MATTER

 

The luncheon is from 11:30am to 1:30pm at MATTER, located at 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230, Chicago, IL 60654.

 

Please click here for further details and registration.

GBC Shareholders Named to list of Top Business Lawyers in Illinois for I.P.

 

GBC shareholders Patrick G. Burns and Kevin W. Guynn are included among the list of Top Business Lawyers in Illinois for intellectual property law by Leading Lawyers Magazine. Leading Lawyers surveys lawyers to find out which of their peers they would recommend. Based upon survey nominations and approval by an Advisory Board, the top lawyers are selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers publication.

 

Congratulations to GBC Attorneys listed among Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2014

Patrick G. Burns, named to Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property

 

Paul G. Juettner, named to Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property

 

Amy C. Ziegler, named to Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation

 

No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of Illinois are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Selecting the attorneys involves a rigorous, multi-stage process including peer nominations, peer evaluations and third party research. Selections for both lists are made on a state-by-state basis annually

GBC Founder Patrick Burns Honored by Chicago-Kent College of Law, “125 Alumni of Distinction”

GBC Founder Patrick Burns was honored as one of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s “125 Alumni of Distinction,” an honor marking the school’s 125th anniversary. The year-long nomination process for this prestigious award amassed over 400 nominations. Mr. Burns was selected as one of an elite group of “innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school and helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level.”

 

Mr. Burns was recognized for his important role in shaping the intellectual property legal profession. He is an accomplished intellectual property attorney in patent prosecution and litigation, prolific author and lecturer, adjunct professor, and leader in several bar organizations. Mr. Burns has previously been named to the Leading Lawyer’s Network by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Chicago-Kent IP Law Society in 2009.

 

GBC Attorney named to list of “Top Women Attorneys in Illinois”

 GBC Attorney Amy Ziegler was named to the list of “The Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” in the October 2013 issue of Chicago Magazine.  The list, which was jointly presented by Thomson Reuters and Chicago Magazine, includes outstanding women attorneys from the 2013 Illinois “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists, and encompasses the best women lawyers in more than 70 practice areas.  Ms. Ziegler was recognized for her work in the area of intellectual property and related litigation.

USPTO Fee Changes

Some fees paid to the United States Patent and Trademark Office will change dramatically on January 1, 2014.  Here are some highlights.

 

The issue fee for a utility patent (large entity) will drop from $1770 to $960.  The issue fee for small and micro entities will also be reduced.  For this reason, we recommend that issue fees based on notices of allowance issued after October 1, 2013, be paid in 2014.

 

The $300 publication fee for patents is being eliminated.  Additionally, the recordation fee for electronically filed patent assignments will also be eliminated on January 1, 2014.

 

Here is a link to the revised fee schedule:  http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee010114.htm

USPTO Operation Status During Government Shutdown

During the general government shutdown which began on October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will continue to remain open and operate as usual though approximately the end of October.  For the time being, the USPTO is using prior year reserve fee collections to fulfill its operating requirements.  If these reserve funds become exhausted before the general government shutdown ends, the USPTO will be shut down at that time, although a small staff will remain to accept new applications and maintain IT infrastructure.  We will provide updates as more definitive information becomes available.  Given the uncertainty of the present situation, we recommend submitting any new filings or other actions as soon as possible.

GBC mourns the loss of Tom Fitzsimons

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It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Tom Fitzsimons passed away tragically in a car accident on September 22.  It was our great pleasure to practice law with Tom for more than 12 years.  Tom was a great friend, astute lawyer and wonderful husband and father.  Tom will be missed.

 

Visitation Wednesday, September 25th from 3pm-9pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, Countryside IL 60525.

 

Funeral Thursday, September 26th at 10am, Notre Dame Catholic Church, (please meet at church) 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills. Committal Service will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, friends and neighbors have established an educational fund for Tommy and Fiona at The Northern Trust Company, 4 N. Washington Street, Hinsdale IL 60521. (contact Emilio Salvi). Funeral Home Phone (708) 352-6500. Checks can be made payable to the “Thomas Fitzsimons Children’s Fund.”

  

Please contact nvanzeyl@gbc.law with any questions.

Supreme Court of Washington Upholds GBC Attorney’s Win

On September 4, 2013, the Supreme Court of Washington issued an order denying a Petition for Review.  This denial of review upholds the jury verdict and related rulings obtained by GBC Shareholder Steve Fallon on behalf of defendants in Northwest Product Design Group, LLC. et al v. Homax Products, Inc. et al., Appeal No. 67278-9.  For more details, see the March 19, 2013 news item here. 

 

Steven P. Fallon

GBC Attorney Judges YMCA National Judicial Competition for Teens

Greer Burns and Crain Shareholder Amy Ziegler served as a judge for the YMCA National Judicial Competition for teens held in Chicago on August 1 and 2, 2013.  Y-USA’s annual National Judicial Competition brings together some of the most talented, articulate and enthusiastic young leaders from around the United States.  The students gain a deeper understanding and respect for our legal system and their responsibility as citizens within that system.  

GBC Attorneys Present Ethics Seminar

GBC Shareholder Patrick Burns and attorney Kevin Bastuba presented a seminar titled Ethics Violations in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the Bay Area In‑House Med-Tech Association (BAIMA), a group of in-house IP counsel from life science and medical device companies in the San Francisco Bay area.  The presentation provided an analysis of changing rules of professional conduct for practice before the USPTO, and the implications of these rules changes on the day-to-day practice of Patent Attorneys and Agents.

Favorable Jury Verdict Obtained by GBC Attorney Affirmed

Verdict Obtained by GBC Attorney Affirmed

 

The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington issued an opinion on March 11, 2013 affirming in all respects a Jury Verdict, Dismissal of Claims and Sanctions obtained by GBC Shareholder Steve Fallon.  The case is Northwest Product Design Group, LLC. et al v. Homax Products, Inc. et al., Appeal No. 67278-9.  Steve argued the appeal on September 5, 2012.  The opinion can be read here.

 

The decision on appeal affirms a unanimous jury verdict and related rulings obtained by Steve on behalf of Homax Products.  The opinion of the Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal on the pleadings of allegations concerning violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation, Tortious Interference with Prospective Economic Advantages and Unfair Business Practices.  The unanimous Jury Verdict and Equitable rulings after trial in favor of Homax were also affirmed.  

 

Steven P. Fallon

GBC Attorneys Judge Moot Court Competition

Greer Burns and Crain Shareholders Paul Juettner, Larry Crain and Patrick Burns served as judges for the Midwest Regional Oral Arguments of the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court Competition held in Chicago on February 9, 2013.  

 

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law.  Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.  Two winning teams from each of the Regional Competitions in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

 

The Competition is an annual event sponsored by the International Trademark Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in the Midwest Region.  

GBC Attorney Moderates Judicial Panel

GBC Shareholder Amy Ziegler moderated the 8th Annual Federal Judicial Panel hosted by IPLAC’s Women in IP Committee.  Panelists included The Honorable Chief Judge James F. Holderman, The Honorable Joan Humphrey Lefkow, The Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, The Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, and The Honorable John W. Darrah from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  

 

The Judicial Panel event was originally founded by Ms. Ziegler and is one of IPLAC’s most successful events.  Nearly 90 members of the Chicago intellectual property legal community were in attendance. 

Topics were selected by Ms. Ziegler and included overall trends in patent litigation, changes under the America Invents Act, proposed amendments to the Local Patent Rules in the Northern District of Illinois, successful use of technology in the Courtroom, and the Patent Pilot Program.  

 

Pictured left to right at the event: Committee Chair Selena Spritz; Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Ed Lee; Greer Burns & Crain Shareholder Amy Ziegler; Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge James F. Holderman; Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow; Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly; Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer; Hon. John W. Darrah, and Committee Vice-chair Erin Wright Lothson.

3 GBC attorneys listed among Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Three Greer Burns & Crain attorneys have been listed among Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2013.

 

Congratulations to:

Patrick G. Burns, Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property

Paul G. Juettner, Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property

Amy C. Ziegler, Illinois Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation 

 

No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Selecting the attorneys involves a rigorous, multi-stage process including peer nominations, peer evaluations and third party research. Selections for both lists are made on a state-by-state basis annually.

GBC Addresses Enablement with In-House Counsel

James Folker and Patrick Burns recently spoke at a meeting of IP practitioners in the medical devices field, in Menlo Park, California. The topic was “The Enablement Requirement: How It Has Changed and How To Adapt To The Changes”.

 

Patrick G. Burns

James K. Folker

 

 

GBC Attorneys Participate in All Day IP Symposium

Patrick Burns co-chaired and co-moderated an IP law symposium sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. The symposium was well attended, with over 100 intellectual property practitioners. The speakers included judges from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the District Court.

 

Patrick spoke on the topic of Ethics in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Justin Gaudio spoke about counterfeit goods, or “knock offs”.

 

 

Patrick G. Burns 

Justin R. Gaudio

 

 

UGG Wins Case Against 1,549 Online Counterfeiters

Greer, Burns & Crain LTD, representing Deckers Outdoor Corporation, recently obtained a judgment by Illinois Federal Court against a combined 1,549 Chinese based websites and online marketplace accounts selling counterfeit UGG products.  The court entered a permanent injunction against the defendants and awarded Deckers $200 million dollars in damages.  In addition, the judgment awarded restrained funds in financial accounts linked to the Defendants to Deckers.  Prior to the default judgment, the Court entered a temporary restraining order in each case giving control of the domains to Deckers.  Each domain was then redirected to a website putting consumers on notice that the domain was previously used for counterfeit sales.  Through this action and other similar actions, Deckers has seized over 12,800 domains used for counterfeit websites.  

 

Kevin W. Guynn

Amy Ziegler

Justin R. Gaudio

 

GBC Attorneys, Burns and Guynn, named Leading Lawyers in Illinois

Greer Burns & Crain, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Patrick G. Burns and Kevin W. Guynn have been named Leading Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network for 2012. Patrick Burns was named a Leading Lawyer in intellectual property law and trade secrets/unfair competition law, and Kevin Guynn was named a Leading Lawyer in intellectual property law.

 

Leading Lawyers Network, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, surveys thousands of lawyers to determine which lawyers are considered to be the top lawyers in Illinois. Only those lawyers who meet or exceed ethical requirements and are most often recommended by their peers qualify as Leading Lawyers. The number of Leading Lawyers selected does not exceed five percent of the total number of lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

 

Patrick G. Burns

Kevin W. Guynn

GBC Attorney Defends Jury Victory in Appeals Court

GBC attorney Steve Fallon argued to uphold a successful jury verdict on behalf of respondent Homax in the Washington Court of Appeals.  The unanimous jury verdict and related rulings were obtained by Steve on behalf of Homax in Case no. 07-2-00040-9 in the Whatcom County Superior Court.  At trial, Steve also obtained an agreed dismissal of other defendants named in an individual capacity.  Prior to trial, Steve obtained partial dismissal of the case on the pleadings and a partial summary judgment ruling.  The appeal is NW Product, et al., v. Homax Products Inc., et al., Case No. 67278-9.

 

Steven P. Fallon

GBC Attorney Quoted in Law Article

GBC attorney Justin Gaudio was recently quoted in The National Law Journal article entitled “Counterfeit Battles Heat Up On Web.”   A full copy of the article is available here (http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1339354152032&Counterfeit_Battles_Heat_Up_on_the_Web). 

 

Mr. Gaudio regularly handles matters related to online brand protection, and manages GBC’s high volume website take down enforcement program which has resulted in over 20,000 website takedowns since 2008.  He has represented clients in numerous trademark infringement and Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) litigation in U.S. Federal Courts that have resulted in multimillion dollar judgments, including a $686 million dollars in damages against 3,000 websites selling counterfeit UGG® products.  Kevin Guynn and Amy Zeigler of GBC also represented Deckers Outdoor Corporation for in this action.

 

GBC Shuts Down Over 3,000 Counterfeit Websites, Obtains $686 Million Dollars in Judgments

GBC A Leader in Removing Fraudulent Links from Google

 

Kevin W. Guynn

Amy Ziegler

Justin R. Gaudio

 

GBC A Leader in Removing Fraudulent Links from Google

Google recently released statistics regarding links removed based on copyright violations.  A copy of the report is available here

 

The report shows that GBC was the top firm for Google link removals (over 10,000 fraudulent links removed) for clients with products outside of videos, music and software.  In addition, GBC ranked 4th out of 7,320 organizations for unique domains removed with almost 9,000 removals.   

 

Additional information on GBC Search Engine Removal Services.

GBC Colleagues Visit Asia

GBC colleagues recently visited Asia.  In Korea, GBC attorney Joe Kim gave a lecture to engineers entitled “Introduction to U.S. Patent Law,” and Soyoung Lee spoke about the duty of disclosure.  In Japan, attorney Patrick Burns spoke to a telecommunications group about “Drafting Valid Claims to Fully Cover Standards.”

 

GBC attorneys Patrick Burns and Amy Ziegler, adjunct professors at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, taught a course entitled “IP Strategies”.  The course simulates a law firm environment, and gives students practical experience applying their legal and personal skills to simulated situations.

GBC Attorneys Attend Annual INTA Meeting

GBC attorneys attended the 134th Annual INTA Meeting, taking place May 5–9 in Washington, D.C.  The INTA Annual Meeting is the premiere meeting of the international trademark community, with more than 9,000 professionals from all over the world taking advantage of educational programs, committee meetings, exhibits, social events and networking opportunities. Attorneys attending included Lawrence Crain, Paul Juettner, Tom Fitzsimons, Amy Ziegler, Laura Wanek, Chris Hermanson, Tanja Proehl and Justin Gaudio. 

GBC Shuts Down Over 3,000 Counterfeit Websites, Obtains $686 Million Dollars in Judgments

Greer, Burns & Crain LTD, representing Deckers Outdoor Corporation, recently obtained judgments by a federal court in Illinois against a combined 3,007 Chinese based websites selling counterfeit UGG® products.  The court entered a permanent injunction against the defendants and awarded Deckers $686 million dollars in damages.  In addition, the judgment restrained funds in hundreds of financial accounts linked to the websites.  These funds were also awarded to Deckers.  Prior to the default judgment, the Court entered a temporary restraining order in each case giving control of the domains to Deckers.  Each domain was then redirected to a website putting consumers on notice that the domain was previously used for counterfeit sales. 

 

These lawsuits are part of a proactive effort by Deckers and GBC to thwart online UGG® counterfeiting, particularly against rogue Chinese based websites.  Since 2011 GBC has filed six lawsuits against websites selling counterfeit UGG products resulting in the transfer of over 6,000 domains and the freezing of substantial funds in linked financial accounts.  In addition to lawsuits, GBC on behalf of Deckers aggressively sends take down letters to website servers hosting counterfeit sites, has links to sites removed from search engines, and shuts down payment processing services.  In the past year enforcement action was taken against over 23,000 sites and 19,000 links were removed from search engines.

 

The cases are 11-cv-7970 and 12-cv-377 in the Northern District of Illinois.

 

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GBC attorneys speak at San Francisco Bay area luncheon

James K. Folker and Patrick G. Burns spoke at a luncheon conference attended by in-house counsel from several medical device companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Folker spoke about his personal experience with patent prosecution on Track I of the Prioritized Examination Program and other ways to expedite patent prosecution.  His presentation was entitled “Controlling the Prosecution of Your Patent Application”.  The presentation also included a demonstration showing how remarks and arguments in amendments should be used to control prosecution.  Mr. Burns spoke about the pros and cons of using functional language in patent claims. 

GBC Volunteers at Law School Mediation Competition

John Pionke of Greer Burns & Crain participated as a judge at the International Law School Mediation Competition held in Chicago on March 23-24, 2012.  The competition tests the skills of students both as mediators and advocates, and is a valuable learning experience.  This year’s competition attracted teams from India, Germany, Canada, Scotland, England, Ireland, and across the United States.  

GBC attorneys volunteer time at Moot Court Competition

Greer Burns and Crain partners Amy Ziegler, Paul Juettner, Larry Crain and Patrick Burns served as judges for the Midwest Regional Oral Arguments of the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court Competition, held in Chicago on February 11, 2012.  Tanja Proehl and Danielle Beach, two attorneys with the firm, served as volunteer bailiffs, making GBC’s participation one of the highest in the Midwest Regional Competition.

 

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law.  Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.  Approximately 60 teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools participate in the competition each year.  Two winning teams from each of the Regional Competitions in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.  The Competition is an annual event sponsored by the International Trademark Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in the Midwest Region.  

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Greer Burns & Crain is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have been listed among Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2012:

 

 

No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.  Selecting the attorneys involves a rigorous, multi-stage process including peer nominations, peer evaluations and third party research.  Each Super Lawyers candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process for Rising Stars mirrors the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less; and 2) Candidates for Rising Stars do not go through peer evaluation.  Selections for both lists are made on a state-by-state basis annually.  

Favorable trade secret judgment

On May 13, 2011, the Washington State Superior Court entered final judgment for equitable claims in favor of GBC client Homax Products, Inc. This equitable judgment followed a favorable February, 2011 jury verdict obtained by GBC lawyer Steve Fallon for GBC client Homax Products, Inc., in the matter of Northwest Product Design Group, LLC, et al v. Homax Products et al. The plaintiffs had alleged trade secret theft, breach of contract and related claims, and had sought over $1M in damages. No liability was found and no damages were awarded.

Tom Hill joins GBC

In September, 2011, GBC was pleased to welcome Tom Hill to its family. Tom has had a long and diverse career, and looks forward to applying his extensive knowledge to assist GBC clients. Tom has been a well known intellectual property attorney in Chicago for decades in private practice, in-house for Zenith, and at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California. Tom began his career as an engineer with the Computer Sciences Corporation and Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

Injunction and consent judgment

On August 16, 2011, GBC lawyer Steve Fallon was pleased to have a consent judgment and permanent injunction entered for GBC client Petersen Industries, Inc.. for its U.S. Patent No. 7,353,652. The injunction was awarded by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi as part of a negotiated settlement in the matter of Petersen Industries, Inc. v. Hol-Mac Corporation, Case No.: 4:10CV152-CWR-LRA. 

Re-exam request granted

On August 30, 2011, the United States Patent Office granted a re-examination request filed by GBC lawyer Steve Fallon for re-examination of U.S. Patent No. 7,425,268. The ‘268 had been asserted against GBC client Waterfall Pond Supply Company in RW Distributing, Inc. et al v. Waterfall Pond Supply, Case No. 2:10-cv-01626-RSL, in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. That case has been stayed pending the re-examination. 

700 sites taken down in GBC anti-counterfeiting suit

GBC prides itself in its anti-counterfeiting skills and capabilities, and our ability to protect our clients’ trademarks from the damage caused by counterfeit merchandise.

Nowhere are our capabilities stronger than on the internet, which has become a haven for fraudulently represented counterfeit goods. GBC regularly gets hundreds of websites selling counterfeit merchandise suspended from domestic website servers, but the international nature of the internet demands an international response, and GBC is ready to protect its clients’ interests worldwide.

Recently, GBC attorneys forced the suspension of approximately 700 counterfeit sites on servers in four foreign countries. After much investigation and follow-up, all four foreign servers agreed to “voluntarily” suspend the sites. GBC now also has open lines of communication with these high tier ISPs that will facilitate efforts in getting new sites that move to these servers down as well as any future resellers we might encounter. While some sites will reappear on new servers, losing their “safe haven” will be a major disruption for counterfeiters moving forward.

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Roger Greer — in Memoriam

Greer, Burns & Crain is sad to announce the passing of our Senior Founding Partner and long-time friend Roger D. Greer. Roger passed away in February, 2011. As we recognized long ago, Roger was an exemplary practitioner of intellectual property law — the heart of his legal practice in Chicago for nearly 40 years — and an exemplary human being.

 

Roger received both his bachelors in Electrical Engineering (1964) and his law degree (1967) from the University of Nebraska. His legal achievements include high-level litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, contract, legal malpractice, RICO and antitrust matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the expert practice of transactional law including licensing and other transactional matters.

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