Category: Intellectual Property

David E. De Lorenzi – Gibbons IP Department Chair – Named Among Top 25 IP Attorneys Nationwide by General Counsel & Other In-House Counsel

David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Gibbons P.C., has been named among only 25 intellectual property attorneys nationwide by the BTI Consulting Group in its 2015 BTI Client Service All-Stars Report. The newly released report is the comprehensive result of interviews with more than 300 senior legal officers and other executives overseeing the provision of legal services at companies with revenues of $1 billion or more.

Service of Discovery Also Subject to New Deadline in Delaware Federal Court

We previously posted on the new deadline of 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time for all filings other than initial pleadings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. On October 15, 2014, Chief Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware issued a letter addressing certain questions about the new rule. Chief Judge Stark reiterated that filings and service must be completed by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and further indicated that this rule applies to all filing and service deadlines — including service of discovery materials — in every case in the District of Delaware, other than initial pleadings or those cases in Bankruptcy Court.

Put Away that Midnight Oil: New Rule in the District of Delaware

On October 2, 2014, Chief Judge Leonard Stark of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware announced a new deadline of 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time for all filings other than initial pleadings. As of October 16, 2014, “[a]side from initial pleadings, all electronic transmissions of documents (including, but not limited to, motions, briefs, appendices, and discovery responses) must be completed by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, in order to be considered timely filed and served that day.” Initial pleadings which are filed before midnight will still be considered timely.

Time Bars for Joint Authors and Copyright Registration Cancellation: The Third Circuit Weighs in on Two Issues of First Impression

On January 29, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Brownstein v. Lindsay that addressed two issues of first impression under United States Copyright Law. One was whether a court has authority to cancel a copyright registration. The second was when the statute of limitations begins to toll on a co-author’s claim of copyright ownership against his or her co-author.

Former Roche Senior Counsel Joins Gibbons Intellectual Property Department

Joining Gibbons P.C. as Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department is Samuel H. Megerditchian, who recently served as Senior Counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and is the former chief chemist at a major multinational corporation. Mr. Megerditchian’s arrival reinforces the firm’s focus on offering clients the opportunity to work with strategically-minded intellectual property attorneys with deep, hands-on industry experience. Roughly one-third of the attorneys in Gibbons Intellectual Property Department have joined the firm from the ranks of chief patent, IP, or licensing counsel across the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, biotechnology, consumer products, and chemical industries.

Gibbons Snags Ex-Roche Chief Patent Counsel For IP Practice

As reported in Law360 yesterday, George W. Johnston, most recently Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., has joined Gibbons P.C. as Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department, reinforcing the firm’s focus on offering clients strategically-minded intellectual property attorneys with deep, hands-on industry experience. He also serves on the Board of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law, a leading educational forum endowed by Gibbons to address the legal, political, and social issues that arise as scientific and technological changes challenge existing laws and legal institutions.

Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology Presents the Eleventh Annual Fall Lecture Series

The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology presents the Eleventh Annual Fall Lecture Series, “Justice at Stake? Patent and Other Complex Litigation: The Adverse Effects of Sequestration, Budget Cuts and Federal Judicial Vacancies.” This program will feature a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, with: The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; The Honorable Garrett E. Brown (Ret.), Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; and John O’Brien, Chief Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Gibbons Institute Presents, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” Event Featuring Honorable Faith Hochberg

The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association present, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” an event featuring the Honorable Faith Hochberg, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. This program will discuss key IP issues decided by the Federal Circuit over the past 18-months and the practical implications of these issues moving forward. Along with Judge Hochberg, panelists include: Ralph A. Dengler, Director, Intellectual Property Department, Gibbons P.C.; Erik Lillquist, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School; and David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall Law School.

Gibbons IP Department Featured in 2013 Chambers Edition

The 2013 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features the largest number of Gibbons practice areas (10) and individual attorneys (26) ever ranked in the top tiers of this publication. The firm has appeared in the New Jersey section of the Chambers guide since its inception. Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.

Gibbons Directors Listed as 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers

Two attorneys in the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department , David E. De Lorenzi, Department Chair, and Vincent E. McGeary, a Director in the Department, were listed as leaders in their fields by New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2013. Overall, 80 lawyers in the firm were featured in New Jersey Super Lawyers and New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.