May. 23, 2017|By Gregory B. Collins
On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC. In a unanimous 8-0 decision (Justice Gorsuch abstained), the United States Supreme Court held that venue for patent infringement actions is governed only by 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). This statute provides that “any civil action for patent infringement may be brought in the judicial district where the defendant resides, or where the defendant committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.” With the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland, patent infringement suit will now often take place in the defendant’s home-state.
May. 16, 2017|By Gregory B. Collins
Each year, Phoenix Magazine publishes lists of the top professionals and businesses in Phoenix. This year, three K&F attorneys were recognized in the May edition of Phoenix Magazine as "Top Attorneys." Geoffrey Kercsmar and Todd Feltus were recognized for their work in business litigation. Greg Collins was honored in the category of intellectual property litigation.
May. 01, 2017|By Gregory B. Collins
In May 2017, Acquisition International Magazine selected Kercsmar & Feltus "IP Litigator of the Year - Southwest USA.” The 2017 IP Excellence Awards recognize the very best intellectual property professionals across the industry, which includes copyright, trademark and patent litigation practices. Now in its fourth year, this awards showcase the major players within this industry for those who are seeking IP support services.
Mar. 28, 2017|By Gregory B. Collins
On March 24, 2017, K&F attorneys Gregory Collins and Geoffrey Kercsmar presented a mock Markman (patent claim construction) hearing for Arizona attorneys at the Third Annual CLE in the Gardens sponsored by the Intellectual Bar Section of the Arizona State Bar.
Sep. 30, 2016|By Geoffrey S. Kercsmar
The U.S. Government estimates that trade secret theft costs the U.S. economy over $400 billion dollars annually. This isn’t new: trade secret theft has been a problem since the Industrial Revolution. For the most part, the federal government has remained silent on the issue and allowed states to address it on their own. Most states have enforced some variation of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. But recently, Congress has gotten involved to help curb the ongoing effects of trade secret theft.