Using State Sovereign Immunity to Shield Your Patents from IPRs

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The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that we will welcome Gerald Hrycyszyn and Richard Giunta of Wolf, Greenfiled & Sacks, P.C. at the Graduate Club, located at 155 Elm Street, New Haven on March 28, 2018. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. Mr. Hrycyszyn and Mr. Giunta will present on “Using State Sovereign Immunity to Shield Your Patents from IPRs.”

Gerald Hrycyszyn represents clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation, licensing, and postgrant proceedings. He has litigated disputes in district courts across the country, at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission. His extensive experience ranges from the electronics industry to consumer products to pharmaceuticals. Jerry previously served as an officer in the US Navy. He was with Naval Reactors, where he was responsible for directing research and development of naval nuclear propulsion systems.

Rich Giunta chairs the firm’s PostGrant Proceedings Group. Rich has successfully represented patent owners and petitioners in more than 100 contested matters before the US Patent Office, including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM) review, and inter partes and ex parte reexamination. Rich’s track record of success is first-rate. He has prevailed on issues of first impression numerous times, and in matters with more than one billion dollars at stake.

In its inaugural IPR Intelligence Report in 2017, Patexia Inc. ranked Rich in the top 1 percent of all attorneys in the United States based on winning percentage in IPR proceedings. Rich is also one of the most experienced IPR practitioners in the country, ranking in the top 1 percent of all attorneys by number of IPRs handled in Patexia’s 2017 report. He represents a full spectrum of clients, including industry leading multinational corporations like EMC, Sony, Google, Nuance Communications, C.R. Bard, and Smith & Nephew, and leading academic institutions like the University of Florida and the University of Minnesota. In practice for almost 30 years,

Rich also has extensive patent prosecution, counseling and litigation experience. He has advised clients on the development of commercially valuable patent portfolios, and led the firm’s Electrical and Computer Technologies practice group for more than 15 years. He has written and prosecuted patents that have been successfully asserted in litigation and withstood post grant attacks, and has successfully architected the infringement and validity aspects of patent litigation. As a former senior design engineer, Rich is particularly skilled at handling all types of computer and software related technologies. He has also handled other technologies in the electrical, medical device, and consumer products fields, including storage systems, digital rights management systems, automatic availability systems, databases, automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech generation, natural language understanding, semiconductor processing, imaging devices, healthcare systems, wireless networking systems, computer aided tomography, explosive detection devices, graphics systems, guidewires, stents, catheters, surgical patches, suture anchors and endoscopes.
The program will be held at the Graduate Club, located at 155 Elm Street, New Haven on March 28, 2018 with a reception beginning at 6pm and dinner at 7 pm.
We hope to see all of our members and their guests for what will be an engaging and insightful discussion on Sovereign Immunity and its importance to IP.
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