Firm Profile

The Richards Law Firm is an intellectual property law firm contentrating on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters.  The firm's practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, chemical, process, electrical, and medical devices arts.  In addition, the firm provides client counseling, patentability, freedom-to-operate, and infringement opinions.

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SanDisk Corp. v. STMicroelectronics, Inc. et al.

CAFC, 05-1300 - March 26, 2007 - “substantial controversy” and “sufficient immediacy and reality” needed to give subject matter jurisdiction to district court in declaratory judgment action; “reasonable apprehension” of “infringement suit” not required. Read more...

Medtronics et al. v. BrainLAB et al.

CAFC, 06-1289 - February 5, 2007 - in claim construction, “reference means” limited to “array of microphones” not “one or more sensor(s) or receiver(s)” and “establishing the spatial relationship” excluded “the use of an optical reference system”. Read more...

IBEP v. Amgen et al.

CAFC, 06-1128 - January 29, 2007 - IBEP lacks standing to sue for patent infringement where co-owner refuses to join in suit; technology embodied in claim asserted developed under agreement which gave full IP rights to IBEP, but other [non-asserted] claims embodied results of subsequent work to which IBEP had received no rights. Read more...

Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006

October 6, 2006 - setting “likely to cause dilution” standard for injunctive relief for a famous mark that is “distinctive”. Read more...

T-Peg v. Vermont Timber Works

1st Cir., (August 18, 2006) - “'architectural work' a work of authorship” to which “copyright holder has certain exclusive rights”; “shop drawings” as well as “frame actually erected” may be infringing works. Read more...