Cantor Colburn News
January 31, 2019
The recent U.S. Supreme Court case Helsinn Healthcare SA v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. highlights the criticality of maintaining invention secrecy before filing a patent application. Leah M. Reimer, Ph.D., Esq., Partner and Co-Chair of the Chemical, Materials, and Life Sciences Department and Kimberly Vines, Ph.D., Esq. wrote, "The On-Sale Bar After High Court Helsinn Ruling" for IP Law360 (January 31, 2019).
December 19, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP, the fourth largest patent law firm in the U.S., welcomes the new year with the elevation of James Wimpe to its partnership. Also effective January 1, 2019, Associates Tina Dorr, Ph.D., Patrick Griffin, Alicia Hayter, Jared Howenstine, David Kincaid, Matteo Pedini, and Wanli Wu will be promoted to Counsel. Jessica Zimberlin Eastman, Ph.D., will be promoted to Senior Patent Agent.
- Connecticut Law TribuneJanuary 31, 2019
"Connecticut Movers: Promoting Lawyers Who've Clearly Got the Goods" highlighted the promotions of Partner James Wimpe, Alicia Hayter, Jared Howenstine, and Wanli Wu to Counsel, and Senior Patent Agent Jessica Zimberlin Eastman, Ph.D., to Senior Patent Agent in the January 25, 2019 article in the Connecticut Law Tribune.
- December 13, 2018
Team Cantor Colburn and more than a thousand participants joined 150 communities nationwide on October 18, 2018 at Bushnell Park, in Hartford, Connecticut, in attending a Light The Night Walk in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s mission to fund critical and groundbreaking research to discover treatments and cures for blood Team Cantor Colburn raised more than $5,000. Cantor Colburn patent attorney Nicholas Herrel, Ph.D., Esq. was the 2018 Walk Chair, leading the business community in participation and fundraising. Dr. Herrel is a Ph.D. microbiologist, and before entering private practice, he was a research scientist studying microbial infections and cancer.
- December 3, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP announces the addition of five attorneys to its patent practice, the 4th largest in the country. Susan M. Zerull, Samuel R. Charara, Christopher J. Cillié, Ishir Mehta and Alexander Viderman will assist clients across a wide range of sophisticated technologies, as reflected by their diverse backgrounds in biology, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
- November 26, 2018
- November 1, 2018
- McEIVR, Inc./MakerspaceCT is proud to announce the appointment of Dave S. Christensen to the Board of Directors and Legacy CouncilOctober 16, 2018
- September 8, 2018
Cantor Colburn is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the New England Parkinson’s Ride on September 8, 2018, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, at which cyclists ride up to 100 miles to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's research. This is Cantor Colburn's third consecutive year sending a team of cyclists and sponsoring the event.
- September 1, 2018
Four of Cantor Colburn’s key partner were selected by their peers for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America (2019 Edition). Co-Managing Partners Michael A. Cantor and Philmore H. Colburn II, Litigation Department Chair Michael J. Rye, and Partner and Trademark & Copyright Department Chair Curtis Krechevsky were recognized for the third consecutive year.
- Cantor Colburn Expands Atlanta Office with Attorneys Kimberly Vines, Ph.D., Andrew Doherty, and Brook LaffertyAugust 27, 2018
Cantor Colburn has expanded its Atlanta office with the addition of experienced patent attorneys Kimberly Vines, Ph.D., Andrew Doherty, and William Brook Lafferty. Cantor Colburn is the 4th largest patent firm in the U.S., assisting clients across a wide range of sophisticated technologies, as reflected by the backgrounds of these attorneys, who hold degrees in chemistry, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering among them.
- August 6, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP has expanded its Life Sciences Practice Group with the addition of Nicholas Herrel, Ph.D. as an associate in the firm’s Hartford headquarters office. Dr. Herrel joins the firm from Locke Lord LLP, where he worked with Bryan Zerhusen, Ph.D., who recently joined Cantor Colburn as Chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group.
- August 1, 2018
Tina Dorr, Ph.D., Esq. participated in the Georgia Tech Women’s Alumni Network (GT WAN) fall community service event. The group collected and organized items for Georgia Tech’s Klemis Kitchen, Georgia Tech’s campus food pantry that provides free meals to college students in need, and Campus Closet, Georgia Tech’s campus clothing service that provides free business attire to students for job interviews or formal business events.
- July 25, 2018
- July 16, 2018
- Client Alert: USPTO Examination Guidance Memo Addresses Subject Matter Eligibility of Method of Treatment ClaimsJune 20, 2018
The USPTO published new examination guidance concerning method-of-treatment claims. Cantor Colburn's Client Alert summarizes the so-called "Vanda memo." In a memorandum dated June 7, 2018, the USPTO set out new examination guidance concerning method-of-treatment claims, which is encouraging news for patent applicants in the personalized medicine space. The memo emphasizes that method of treatment claims can be found to satisfy subject matter eligibility under 35 USC § 101 at the first step of an Alice/Mayo analysis, without requiring a showing of “nonroutine or unconventional steps.” The memo provides helpful guidance to examiners and patent applicants that emphasizes the patent eligibility of personalized method of treatment claims.
- June 15, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP is proud to announce the hiring of Leo V. Gureff in the firm’s Washington, D.C. area office in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Gureff is a patent attorney working in both domestic and international prosecution and transactions, with significant experience in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Ukraine, where he travels regularly for business.
- Legal 500 USA 2018June 4, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP has been recommended as a Leading Firm by the Legal 500 United States 2018 in Intellectual Property for Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings). This is the ninth consecutive year that Cantor Colburn has been recognized for this highly selective honor.
- June 1, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP is proud to announce the hiring of Douglas S. Weinstein in the firm’s Atlanta office. Mr. Weinstein is a patent attorney, working in both prosecution and litigation, with significant experience in Taiwan, where he served as Partner and Taiwan IP Coordinator for four years for a major U.S. intellectual property (IP) firm.
- May 17, 2018
On May 25, 2018, the WHOIS domain name database, consisting of registrant identity data that brand owners, trademark practitioners, law enforcement, and brand protection companies rely on to assist with transactions, investigations, and enforcement activities, will disappear into the shadows. May 25, 2018 is the day that the European Union (EU) personal information privacy regulation - the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - goes into effect. Cantor Colburn's Trademark & Copyright attorneys summarize the issue in a Client Alert.
- May 3, 2018
Six Cantor Colburn partners were selected as IP Stars in the 2018 World IP Survey by Managing Intellectual Property. Cantor Colburn was recognized as a “highly recommended” intellectual property (IP) law firm in the state of Connecticut, where the firm is headquartered.
Co-Managing Partners Michael Cantor and Philmore Colburn were listed in Connecticut, as were Pamela Curbelo, David Fox, and Leah Reimer, Ph.D. Paul Marshall, who is based in the firm’s Detroit office, made the list for the state of Michigan. All are Patent Stars and Mr. Colburn is additionally a Trademark Star.
- May 1, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP is pleased to announce that Leah M. Reimer, Ph.D. has been named one of the Top 250 Women in IP for 2018 by Managing Intellectual Property. This honor recognizes women IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.
- April 27, 2018
On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court issued two important decisions in the cases of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, et al., and SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, addressing inter partes review (IPR). Both cases will have a significant impact on IPR proceedings. In sum and as discussed in greater detail in Cantor Colburn's Client Alert, the Court determined that (1) IPR proceedings are indeed constitutional, and (2) the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) must address all challenged claims in the final written decision.
- March 19, 2018
Cantor Colburn is the 4th largest patent firm in the United States as ranked by issued patents according to IP Watchdog, a leading intellectual property blog. IP Watchdog compiled the list of about 800 U.S. patent firms based on the total U.S. utility patents that issued in 2017. This ranking places Cantor Colburn in better than the top 1% of all U.S. law firms for productivity.
- March 15, 2018
Co-Managing Partner Michael Cantor's role in the "seamless partnership between state government and the private sector" effort to make Hartford, Connecticut an "technology-and-innovation hub" for Infosys, an India-based information technology company undergoing a major expansion in the U.S., is featured In the March 15, 2018 article, "How CT wooed Infosys to Hartford," by Mark Paznokias (HartfordBusiness.com).
- Ant-like PersistenceMarch 11, 2018
Cantor Colburn is ranked #3 for design patents and #8 for trademark registrations among all U.S. law firms in 2017, according to the well-respected IP blog Ant-like Persistence (2017 US Toteboards, March 11, 2018). The ranking measures the number of design patents that were issued and the number of trademark registrations that were issued by the USPTO in 2017.
- JuristatMarch 8, 2018
Cantor Colburn LLP has been ranked No. 7 among patent law firms in the United States by Juristat, a leading patent analytics company focused on Patent Office practice. The 2018 rankings measure public U.S. patent applications disposed of between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
- February 19, 2018
Cantor Colburn partner Michelle Ciotola was quoted in the article "CT lawsuit tests Google's keyword search ad treatment," (Hartford Business Journal, February 19, 2018) about the lawsuit filed by Edible Arrangements against Google, in which Edible Arrangements demands $209 million in damages and other penalties for trademark infringement and unfair competition and trade practices. Ciotola is chair of the firm's Trademark & Copyright Department.