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Responding to a Patent Infringement Cease and Desist Letter

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Competing in today’s business climate is difficult enough without the addition of legal headaches.  But legal conflicts are part of modern business and sometimes arise in the form of a cease and desist letter from a patent owner.  These letters follow a familiar form where a patent owner identifies the patented invention, claims that your product uses it without permission, and demands that in the very near future you either pay up, stop the activity, or both.  Of course the short deadline is meant to turn up the heat and put you on defense. 

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Patent Trolls - Separating the Myth from Reality

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In the popular media, we increasingly read and hear about a rise in patent infringement lawsuits that has been driven in large part by patent “trolls.”  They may sometimes also be referred to as “patent-assertion entities” or “non-practicing entities” but regardless of their moniker, each shares one or more of the following characteristics:

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The Nuts and Bolts of Court-Ordered Mediation

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Conventional wisdom tells us that mediation works best when it is voluntary.  So why do judges regularly force litigants into mediation? Perhaps it’s because they know reality to be something quite different than what conventional wisdom has to say about it. Namely, that mediation, whether voluntary or coerced, often helps litigants avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.

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Attorney Spotlight - David Orenstein

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David began his career representing companies in complex Chapter 11 cases at the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum (now Ballard Spahr).  As a first-year associate, he helped brief the landmark case of Northern Pipeline Constr. Co. v. Marathon Pipe Line Co., 458 U.S. 50 (1982), a victory for the client in which the United States Supreme Court struck down the jurisdictional basis for the federal bankruptcy courts nationwide.  

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