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  • Oct. 17, 2017|By Gregory B. Collins

    The following Kercsmar & Feltus attorneys were selected The Best Lawyers in America for 2018 in Intellectual Property Litigation: 

    Geoffrey Kercsmar 

    Gregory Collins 

    Sean O’Hara 

    Founding Member Geoff Kercsmar was honored as Best Lawyers’ “2018 Scottsdale Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year.” The “Lawyer of the Year” Award is allocated annually to the lawyer who has the highest overall peer-review feedback in a certain practice area for a particular geographic region.

    Member Gregory Collins was also rated as a "Best Lawyer in America" for Patent Litigation.  

  • 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.  

  • May. 02, 2016|By Gregory B. Collins

    On May 2, 2016, the United States Supreme Court accepted cert in SCA Hygiene v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC.  In SCA Hygiene, an en banc Federal Circuit ruled 6-5 that laches is a defense to patent infringement.  The Supreme Court will determine whether the Federal Circuit properly distinguished Petrella v. Metro-Goldmyn-Mayer, Inc.  In Petrella, the Supreme Court held that laches does not apply to claims for copyright infringement.  

  • Nov. 02, 2014|By Gregory B. Collins

    In the modern economy, your business’s most valuable asset is often intellectual property.  Intellectual property is protected by trademarks, copyrights, utility patents and design patents. While the courts have provided extensive guidance regarding the enforcement of trademark, copyright and utility patent rights, design patent law has been relatively untouched since the late 1800s. On September 22, 2008, however, an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decided Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc., 543 F.3d 665 (Fed. Cir. 2008).  This opinion dramatically alters the landscape of design patent law.

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