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McKool Smith Welcomes IP Litigators Steven Rizzi & Ramy Hanna

Please join us in welcoming Steven J. Rizzi and Ramy E. Hanna to the firm as principals in New York. Steven and Ramy focus on patent litigation in the tech and pharma sectors. Read the announcement here.

Behind The Trial Podcast Episode 10: Mike McKool

Chairman Mike McKool is featured in the latest episode of Behind the Trial. The in-depth interview explores several key considerations for effective trial advocacy, including persuasion tactics, effective pre-trial activities, how to effectively present cases to judges and juries, and what it takes to win at trial.

Click here to listen to Mike’s Behind the Trial episode.

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McKool Smith Receives High Marks in the 2021 Edition of Chambers USA

The 2021 edition of Chambers USA recognizes the firm as an industry leader in commercial litigation, intellectual property, securities litigation, and white collar crime & government investigations.

Congrats to the 14 firm principals who are recognized as leaders in their respective areas of practice. Read the full list here.

Kat Li named 2021 “Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal

Additional congrats to Austin principal Kat Li for being named in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2021 “Women Worth Watching,” which celebrates women from around the globe for extraordinary achievements. Kat will also be featured in the 2021 “Women Worth Watching” edition of the Profiles in Diversity Journal in late summer 2021. For more information, click here

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Kat Li joined Judge Alan D. Albright for a Fireside Chat hosted by the Austin Asian American Bar Association

On May 13, WDTX Judge Alan D. Albright sat down with Kat for an engaging discussion about his practices regarding trial, claim construction, discovery, and other hot topics. The well-attended Zoom presentation was viewed by nearly 300 participants.

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Zach Mazin featured in Lawdragon’s “Lawyer Limelight”

New York principal Zach Mazin is featured in Lawdragon’s “Lawyer Limelight” series where he discusses his focus on emerging securities litigation, particularly in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) space. The in-depth interview discusses Zach’s professional experience and his path to McKool Smith. Click here to read the full interview.

Nick Matich spoke with Intellectual Property Magazine for “USPTO Issues Proposed Rules to Implement TMA”

Commenting on implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”), Washington D.C. principal Nick Matich said, “The problem of erroneous or fraudulent registration of marks not actually used in commerce is one the office has been dealing with for some time…. The office’s notice at proposed rulemaking for the Trademark Modernization Act is an important part of that effort and hopefully will improve the accuracy of the register as practitioners take advantage of the new mechanisms available to them.” Read the full article here.

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Nick Matich provided commentary to World Trademark Review’s article, “USPTO Announces Proposed New Rules - News Digest”

Nick said, “Recently, the USPTO has had to devote significant resources to policing the erroneous or fraudulent registration of marks not actually used in commerce. The Trademark Modernisation Act and the proposed rule are both very positive and important steps towards improving the accuracy of the register. For trademark practitioners, the act and the proposed rule provide new mechanisms to clear out deadwood or fraudulently obtained marks for the benefit of their clients, but also a reminder of the importance of ensuring that the registrations reflect current use of the mark when it comes time to renew.” Read the full article here.

Nick Matich commented in Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property's article, “Supreme Court will limit assignor estoppel, not get rid of it, attorneys say”

Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Minerva Surgical Inc. v. Hologic Inc. et al., Nick said, “several of the justices seemed to find the government’s ‘middle ground’ to be appealing, while others were more skeptical…. Justice Gorsuch’s questions suggested he might eliminate the doctrine entirely and Justice Sotomayor also expressed some skepticism, but there did not appear to be a majority willing to go that far.” Read the article here.

May New Matter Listing

To raise awareness of the firm’s services and ongoing business development efforts, you can view the new matter report below. If you would like to submit cases for the next report, please send a brief description of your matter(s) to Keith Hill.

SEVEN Networks/Motorola             Sam Baxter, Kevin Schubert, and Jennifer Truelove

Representing SEVEN Networks in patent enforcement litigation against Motorola in NDTX concerning patented battery enhancing technology used in Motorola’s smartphones.

Ericsson Inc./Koninklijke    Nicholas Mathews and Christine Woodin

Defending Ericsson in a case of standard-essential patent infringement allegations brought by KPN in EDTX.

Odeon Capital Group/Wells Fargo             Courtney B. Statfeld

Representing Odeon Capital Group in a breach of contract dispute for the bonds at issue, concerning the proper distribution of payments among different bond classes. 

Nocion Therapeutics/Harvard        Kyle Lonergan

Representing Nocion, an early stage biopharmaceutical company, in a licensing dispute against Harvard University.

Edible International, LLC/Google Arbitration       Nicholas T. Matich

Evaluating Edible Arrangements’ litigation options against Google’s sale of trademarked terms in its AdWords system.