John Alemanni concentrates his practice in intellectual property law, with a primary focus on client counseling, patent litigation, strategic patent prosecution, and contentious inter and ex parte post-grant and reissue work. He provides creative, cost-effective solutions for his clients — including patent portfolio design as well as employing strategic inter partes review (IPR/PGR/CBM) and ex parte reexamination tactics as well as litigation.
Kilpatrick Townsend’s Post-Grant Team provides clients an unmatched combination of deep experience and skill in both patent offices and courts with comprehensive science and engineering academic credentials and industrial experience. For information on the more than 40 partners and associates who make up our entire team, please visit our team profiles, here. Below are representative attorneys on the team.
Wab Kadaba has successfully handled numerous inter partes reviews, including IPRs for Oracle, adidas and Nissan, among others. Mr. Kadaba is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Atlanta office and is Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He concentrates his practice on litigation related to intellectual property as well as strategy and management of intellectual property and technology issues. Mr. Kadaba has considerable experience representing clients in patent, trademark and trade secret litigation matters, covering technologies as diverse as software, telecommunications, e-commerce, medical devices, footwear and chemical compositions.
Steve Moore has handled numerous inter partes reviews for both the petitioner and patent owner, including IPRs for Google, Motorola Mobility and C&D Zodiac, among others.Steve Moore focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Moore frequently defends companies accused of patent infringement, and also represents patent owners harmed by a competitor’s infringement in pursuing patent and related claims.
Darin Gibby is experienced in inter partes reviews, along with reexamination and interference procedures, including invalidatiing a significant patent covering dynamic currency conversion. Representing the Patent Owner, he has successfully prevented IPR institution in 6 of 8 IPRs. Mr. Gibby focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling, transactions and licensing matters, and he is experienced handling the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He counsels start-ups and small businesses on the intellectual property challenges they face. In addition, he manages several large patent portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. He was instrumental in launching the Denver office in 1995, and since that time has spearheaded its growth and emergence as the largest patent firm in Denver.
Mitch Stockwell focuses his practice on intellectual property dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on patent infringement, trade secret and related intellectual property litigation and licensing transactions. He also handles inter partes reviews, reexaminations and other adversary proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Stockwell has represented companies in more than 60 lawsuits and arbitrations in federal courts throughout the country. He has tried to verdict, and litigated through judgment and appeal, more than a dozen disputes. He has litigated and evaluated patents and trade secret claims in technologies including cable and telephony communications, wireless communications (including GSM, NMTS and VOIP standards) software, e-commerce, electronics, medical products (including athletic knee and hip systems) and athletic shoes and equipment.
Candice Decaire practices intellectual property law, with a special focus on patent law and trade secret protection. Ms. Decaire has counseled and represented clients in patent litigation, arbitration, ITC investigations, and inter partes review proceedings with respect to diverse technologies such as computer hardware and software, biologics, pharmaceuticals, carpet, thermal imaging/night vision equipment, “bullet proof” armor, industrial bearings, aircraft equipment, and medical devices.
Paul Haughey has successfully handled numerous inter partes reviews, including IPRs for Oracle, Starbucks, Sony Network Entertainment International, First Data and Unified Patents, among others. Mr. Haughey counsels clients in all facets of intellectual property strategy, primarily in the patent area, with an emphasis on product clearances (right-to-use studies), inter partes review under the America Invents Act, early phase litigation infringement and validity analysis for settlement evaluation, and acquisition due diligence. He also handles reexaminations, reissues and basic patent prosecution. He has guided clients in product design activities to avoid infringement problems.
Josh Pond is a registered patent attorney with a practice focused on patent litigation and portfolio strategy. He has experience with pre-suit investigations, district court Markman hearings and jury trials, and International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations and trials. Josh has an active post-grant practice, including prevailing for his clients through final determinations on two inter partes reviews; both proceedings are now on appeal to the Federal Circuit, which Josh is also handling. Josh studied Mechanical Engineering and Political Science at Stanford University, law at Georgetown University, and was an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Kris Doyle co-leads the Firm’s Mechanical and Medical Device Patent Team. She counsels clients on how strategically to build and leverage meaningful patent portfolios in a variety of different industries. She also handles inter partes reviews, reexaminations and other adversary proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Doyle enjoys engaging in the high level patent strategy involved in litigating patent cases. She has experience with all aspects of patent litigation but particularly enjoys working with experts, claim construction and summary judgment briefing, and appellate practice. Drafting patent license and consulting agreements and conducting IP due diligence round out her practice.
Justin Krieger has significant experience in proceedings before the US Patent & Trademark Office including Interference and inter partes review matters. Mr. Krieger is a registered patent attorney who focuses on client counseling, district court and patent office litigation, and patent prosecution. Mr. Krieger’s technical focus includes chemistry, chemical engineering, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, nanotechnology and consumer products. He has experience prosecuting domestic and international patent applications including reexamination and reissue applications. He also actively prepares non-infringement and validity opinions including comprehensive freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses in the chemical, polymer, medical device, and mechanical arts from both due diligence and litigation perspectives.
Mike Pavento regularly evaluates patent rights and renders opinions with respect to invalidity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues and design-around options. He has developed offensive and defensive litigation strategies with respect to patent infringement, patent invalidity and related issues. Mr. Pavento also regularly prepares and prosecutes domestic and international patent applications and manages domestic and international patent portfolios. He also handles patent reexamination and reissue proceedings. Mr. Pavento’s areas of core technical competence include: telecom, computers and networking systems, software, e-commerce, electronic transaction processing, on-line banking, mechanical devices, bioinformatics and business methods. Mr. Pavento is co-chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Proceedings Team. He has handled dozens of inter partes and ex partes patent reexamination proceedings, inter partes reviews and covered business method patent reviews.
Kris Reed specializes in post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Office and has handled numerous inter partes reviews for both the petitioner and patent owner. Mr. Reed focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling, working with clients in such diverse fields as electronics, semiconductor manufacturing and development, software, telecommunications, transportation, entertainment, retail and consumer goods, and financial transactions. Mr. Reed has extensive experience in all aspects of federal district court litigation and International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations and trials.
Scott is a registered patent attorney who handles varied intellectual property matters with an emphasis on litigation and counseling. His patent experience spans a wide array of technologies, primarily in the electrical and computer arts, including computer hardware and software, integrated circuit design, semiconductor processing, networking and data communications, video processing, fiber-optic transmissions and e-commerce. Scott counsels clients on patent portfolio development and divestiture/acquisition strategies, patent licensing and negotiations, as well as patent prosecution and validity challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including inter partes review (IPR). Scott also assists clients with brand enforcement actions preventing patent, design patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement.
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