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In 2011 we defended patent cases in Nebraska, Texas, Florida and California. We settled a Denver trademark case, “Mi Cocina.” We have launched a lighting fixture patent infringement case against Lowe’s, and others in Denver.

In 2010 we defended Front Door Software, a small firm, against Absolute Software, a public Canadian firm in Austin, Texas, case no. 1:09-CV-00142-LY. The reexam we filed invalidated all 94 claims of plaintiff’s lead patent. We settled a false marking case in three months as defense counsel.

Currently, we are handling PARTIAL CONTINGENCY patent or trademark infringement cases on behalf of small businesses who feel a major corporation has stolen from them. We have settled cases against 3M, Panasonic and others. We select a few cases so long as the client can pay $50 an hour along the way.On a broader scale, we partner with firms for civil litigation. With them we are doing complex patent, trademark, contract and warranty disputes. In summary we are “Main Street” lawyers. The theme is David and Goliath. The firm completed six patent cases in 2001. In five cases, we represented a small firm or solo inventor suing a larger firm for patent infringement. In the last case, we defended a small business on a claim of patent infringement. We settled four of the plaintiff-side cases successfully for our little “David” clients. Two of these cases were done on a partial contingency basis where the client paid a small amount of money and the firm was paid primarily out of the settlement. In the other two cases, the clients paid hourly and each received a good settlement within six months of filing suit. The Wal-Mart case went all the way to trial in Denver in November 2002. The trial judge found that Wal-Mart had willfully infringed the patent at issue. The case was argued on appeal, and the firm won an $850,000.00 judgement. In the defense case, the firm defended a patent client in a design patent infringement lawsuit filed against it. A successful settlement was negotiated with a small amount of hourly charges. Our firm is seeking other “Davids” to even the odds against an accused patent infringer. In the meantime, our primary focus is to write every patent claim as best we can to hold up in a courtroom challenge. Building a winning team is a methodology we’ve adopted. In the Wal-Mart lawsuit, we teamed up with a 300-person law firm, Michael Best & Freidrich LLP in Wisconsin to bolster our research and courtroom capabilities. The client only had to pay for this expertise on an as-needed basis. Please review our entire home page for articles and client links to explore whether we can be of service to you. Does a big idea need a big law firm? Our clients say, “NO.” Call anytime for a free chat. Rick Martin’s initial class action styled racketeering lawsuit filed in 1994 created the database of 2000 victim statements that the criminal cases were based upon.

UIA Press Release News Update: Press Release from United Inventors Association Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 Press Release American Inventors Corp. which was originally exposed on WGGY TV-40 “On Your Side” and then on ABC News 48 Hours in 1995, goes on trial Monday, May 14, 2001, in US District Court, Springfield, MA. This prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Welch, marks the first federal criminal action against a company whose business is to help inventors promote their ideas, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Ronald Boulerice, 62, who was president of the company, and other high-ranking employees are scheduled to go on trail May 14 for mail fraud and other crimes. The trial is expected to last two months. Boulerice, of Westfield, MA; John Samson, 61, of Hatfield, MA, a former vice president; and John Hoime, 51, also of Westfield, a sales manager, will be tried before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor. Besides facing charges of mail fraud, the three are accused of money laundering and Samson and Boulerice with filing false income tax returns. They have all pleaded innocent. Update: The 10 top management officials plead guilty to numerous federal felonies and were sentenced accordingly.


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