Ankit D. Patel has joined Gibbons P.C. as an Apprentice in the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Patel is the fourth participant in the firm’s Apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help maximize the value of its legal and client services while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. James J. Kang, the firm’s most recent Apprentice, was recently promoted to an Associate position in the Intellectual Property Department.
Category: Intellectual Property
Recent years have seen a significant number of antitrust challenges to so-called “reverse payment” pharmaceutical patent litigation settlements between brand name manufacturers and their generic competitors. The Supreme Court’s decision in FTC v. Actavis resolved a split among the courts of appeal, and held that settlements in which “large and unjustified” reverse payments are made are subject to antitrust scrutiny in the form of a traditional “rule of reason” analysis. In the wake of Actavis, the lower courts have begun to grapple with the question of what, if any, application Actavis has to the disposition of antitrust challenges to patent settlements that do not include a large payment of cash by the brand producer to the generic, but may include other forms of non-monetary consideration.
Time Bars for Joint Authors and Copyright Registration Cancellation: The Third Circuit Weighs in on Two Issues of First Impression
On January 29, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Brownstein v. Lindsay that addressed two issues of first impression under United States Copyright Law. One was whether a court has authority to cancel a copyright registration. The second was when the statute of limitations begins to toll on a co-author’s claim of copyright ownership against his or her co-author.
Joining Gibbons P.C. as Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department is Samuel H. Megerditchian, who recently served as Senior Counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and is the former chief chemist at a major multinational corporation. Mr. Megerditchian’s arrival reinforces the firm’s focus on offering clients the opportunity to work with strategically-minded intellectual property attorneys with deep, hands-on industry experience. Roughly one-third of the attorneys in Gibbons Intellectual Property Department have joined the firm from the ranks of chief patent, IP, or licensing counsel across the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, biotechnology, consumer products, and chemical industries.
As reported in Law360 yesterday, George W. Johnston, most recently Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., has joined Gibbons P.C. as Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department, reinforcing the firm’s focus on offering clients strategically-minded intellectual property attorneys with deep, hands-on industry experience. He also serves on the Board of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law, a leading educational forum endowed by Gibbons to address the legal, political, and social issues that arise as scientific and technological changes challenge existing laws and legal institutions.
The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology presents the Eleventh Annual Fall Lecture Series, “Justice at Stake? Patent and Other Complex Litigation: The Adverse Effects of Sequestration, Budget Cuts and Federal Judicial Vacancies.” This program will feature a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, with: The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; The Honorable Garrett E. Brown (Ret.), Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; and John O’Brien, Chief Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Gibbons Institute Presents, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” Event Featuring Honorable Faith Hochberg
The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association present, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” an event featuring the Honorable Faith Hochberg, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. This program will discuss key IP issues decided by the Federal Circuit over the past 18-months and the practical implications of these issues moving forward. Along with Judge Hochberg, panelists include: Ralph A. Dengler, Director, Intellectual Property Department, Gibbons P.C.; Erik Lillquist, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School; and David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall Law School.
The 2013 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features the largest number of Gibbons practice areas (10) and individual attorneys (26) ever ranked in the top tiers of this publication. The firm has appeared in the New Jersey section of the Chambers guide since its inception. Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.