Gardella Grace has extensive experience in procurement, licensing and enforcement of patents and trade secrets. The following is merely a brief representation of the variety and scope of matters our team of IP professionals has successfully managed on our clients’ behalf.
St. Croix Surgical Systems v. Cardinal Health, Inc.
Our team represented medical device company St. Croix Surgical Systems, which had invented techniques for sealing arterial punctures (such as after catheterization). We obtained and successfully enforced the company’s patents and assumed the portfolio several years before expiration. Gardella Grace’s strategic, expedited prosecution yielded new, targeted patents, and we obtained early and favorable settlement on those new patents.
The complaint can be found here.
Fulfillium, Inc. v. ReShape Medical, Inc. et al.
The Gardella Grace team obtained patents for medical device company Fulfillium, Inc. and successfully enforced those patents and related trade secrets against multiple defendants in multiple forums. Our team assumed responsibility for the portfolio and executed expedited prosecution strategies that yielded new, strengthened patents for the company. We then represented Fulfillium, Inc. when an accused infringer filed inter partes review petitions against those new patents, and in a victory for the company, those petitions were denied. Underlying litigation settled on favorable terms with multiple defendants and the litigation against one remaining defendant is ongoing.
The inter partes review brief (Patent Owner Preliminary Response) can be found here.
A representative complaint can be found here.
Roche Molecular Systems/Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc.
Our professionals represented Ariosa Diagnostics (which was acquired by Roche Molecular Systems) in a bet-the-company case regarding technology involving the use of massively parallel sequencing for the detection of nucleic acid of fetal origin in maternal serum or plasma. Gardella Grace prevailed in multiple inter partes review proceedings.
Petitions can be found here and here.
The related reexamination request can be found here.
Saint Jude Medical v. Medtronic
In this case, patentability challenges sought to establish Saint Jude Medical’s freedom to operate in the renal denervation market, which was projected to grow quickly to more than $3 billion annually. Our team served as lead counsel for requester Saint Jude Medical in nine inter partes reexaminations, and every challenged claim was finally adjudicated to be invalid on multiple grounds.
A representative reexamination request can be found here.
10X Genomics, Inc. v. Bio-Rad Laboratories
Gardella Grace filed twelve inter partes review petitions on behalf of biotechnology company 10X Genomics, Inc. against five patents asserted by Bio-Rad in parallel ITC and district court cases. Our team also filed three reexamination requests against patents asserted by Bio-Rad. In a victory for 10X Genomics, all reexamination requests were granted as to every ground and every claim.
A representative request for reexamination can be found here.
A representative petition can be found here.
Steuben Foods, Inc. v. Nestle USA
Our professionals represented patent owner and aseptic food and beverage manufacturer Steuben Foods in cases involving aseptic bottling technology used by Nestle USA to package more than 2 billion bottles per year. Our team defended ten inter partes review proceedings filed against five patents and prevailed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in eight out of the ten cases.
A representative brief can be found here.
TiVo v. DishNetworks
This case involved TiVo’s seminal “time warp” patent on DVR technology. Our team assumed responsibility for the matter after the patent had been finally rejected in a reexamination. Our professionals introduced new evidence and obtained complete reversal of the final rejection. After the patent was affirmed, TiVo collected more than $1 billion in licensing revenue from DishNetworks, Verizon, Microsoft, Cisco and others.
A response (brief) can be found here.
Oracle Corp. v. Clouding IP
Our team served as lead counsel for computer software company Oracle Corp. in more than a dozen inter partes review proceedings in which all petitions were granted. We also negotiated an immediate and very favorite settlement for the company.
A representative petition can be found here.
Areas Of Expertise
Overly broad patents are difficult to enforce and easy to defeat. We ensure every patent specification provides rich and detailed descriptions of all potential alternative implementations to craft patent coverage that blocks competitors from a given space.
Our team has handled some of the highest stakes post-grant matters ever adjudicated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, often running into the billions of dollars. We regularly serve as lead counsel for both challengers and patent owners.
Patent and Trade Secret Litigation
Our enforcement campaigns have included infringement suits in the United States, Europe and Asia involving both patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Most cases involved co-pending oppositions and inter parties review proceedings before foreign and domestic patent offices.