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ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Our Intellectual Property practice includes attorneys with a wealth of experience in legal issues related to electrical and computer systems. This area of law is particularly challenging as it tends to change rapidly and is technically demanding. Recognizing this, many of our intellectual property attorneys not only have experience in dealing with the legal issues associated with electrical and computer technologies, but many also have degrees in computer science and other technology-related engineering disciplines. This background gives our attorneys an advantage, allowing them to effectively communicate with engineers, inventors and researchers, and providing them with a deep understanding of the issues that shape your business needs and goals.

Our clients include companies of all sizes dealing with a broad range of technologies, including:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Broadband communications systems
  • Business methods
  • Cellular systems
  • Data processing equipment
  • Database systems
  • Expert systems
  • Fault tolerant systems
  • Genetic programs
  • Intranets
  • Laser-based systems
  • Neural networks
  • Noise reduction
  • Operating systems
  • Optical systems
  • Optimization
  • Packet networks
  • Signal detection
  • Switching    

We offer clients a broad array of services, including patent and trademark preparation and prosecution; IP audits; product clearance and design-around counsel; due diligence; licensing and technology transfer; patent infringement, validity, and other counsel; litigation; alternative dispute resolution; and copyright services.

The firm represented the defendant in a matter which involved numerous claims including patent, copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement. The technology at issue involved complex computer data storage equipment. In this “bet the company” case, our attorneys handled numerous dispositive motions, including Markman arguments, as well as a preliminary injunction hearing and its appeal. An appeal resulted in two landmark decisions from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. These opinions are the only Court of Appeals decisions interpreting the Computer Maintenance Competition Assurance Act. These opinions, along with three others, are the leading opinions concerning the DMCA.

Snap-On Technologies, Inc. v. Hunter Engineering Company
A patent infringement action involving numerous patents covering automotive repair equipment. The primary focus of the case was a complex technology known as machine vision. The case settled favorably for our client after we argued the Markman hearing and summary judgment motions.

William Toy v. Scottrade, Inc.
Our attorneys represented Scottrade, Inc. in this federal patent infringement suit in which the plaintiff claimed that Scottrade infringed a U.S. patent through its online trade notification and stock alerting features. Our attorneys successfully moved to have the case bifurcated into two phases, the first on liability and invalidity issues, to be followed (if necessary) by damages and willfulness. They then prevailed on a key discovery dispute, resulting in an order from the court compelling the plaintiff to produce a series of documents strongly indicating that the patent was procured through inequitable conduct. Shortly after the plaintiff was forced to produce these key documents, the case settled on very favorable terms for Scottrade.

Datamize, LLC v. Scottrade, Inc., et al.
We represented Scottrade, Inc. in this federal patent infringement action filed in the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff alleged infringement of two patents by Scottrade. Scottrade asserted that the patents were invalid, based in part upon certain “prior art” publications or services/products. Our attorneys successfully settled the case shortly before trial.

The firm handled a case alleging patent infringement, tortious interference and antitrust violations and involved a mechanical patent for devices used to fill pill cards. In defense of the patent infringement claim, our attorneys submitted a summary judgment brief with a video comparing the patented invention with the alleged infringing device, showing the substantially different ways that they operated. We retained an expert from the packaging industry with a machine that predated the patent and utilized the inventive elements claimed in the patent. The case was settled for a dismissal of all claims and the plaintiff's payment of our client's sanctions award.

U-Gas, Inc. v. Teutenberg
Injunction against computer tampering and access issued in favor of our client in a case involving cyber trespass, tampering and shutdown of computer system.

Publications

The shifting standard for IPR estoppel: Where are we now?

Missouri passes data center incentive legislation

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Counterfeits can kill U.S. troops. So why isn't Congress and DoD doing more to stop it?

Blog Posts

How to combat the risks of impersonation emails, imitative domains

When smart goes bad: Why internet security does not just refer to computers

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

TCLE

Mobile Medical Apps and FDA’s New Cybersecurity Guidance: It’s a New World

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

News

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2017

Jim Burger leads panels at 2014 ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Shoko Naruo named to Lawyers of Color’s 2014 ‘Hot List’

Steve Ritchey publishes article on patent basics for American Ceramic Society

St. Louis CLE will explore intellectual property enforcement in China

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Jim Burger a featured speaker, moderator at ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6030

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and other issues involving the internet.

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters,...

Anthony Blum
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6528

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities, and national and international companies in commercial transactions and counseling involving t...

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities,...

Chip Fendell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6038

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to intellectual property and commercial lit...

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive ...

Dean Franklin
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6595

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6352

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.