Michael Neustel looks forward to being a regional judge in the USPTO’s 2022 National Patent Application Drafting Competition. The competition introduces law students to issues arising in U.S. patent law and develops their patent application drafting skills.
The new USPTO examination guidelines should significantly increase patent applicants ability to patent software related technologies. You can learn more about the new USPTO guidelines at by reviewing the USPTO PowerPoint presentation on the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance on 35 U.S.C. 101 or by visiting the USPTO’s Subject Matter Eligibility Web Page.
Just one day after oral argument on February 7, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a Judgment in favor of Neustel’s client Inline Packaging involving Graphic Packaging’s appeal of the PTAB’s IPR Decision (IPR2015‐01609) finding all 53 claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,872,078 unpatentable. Chad Ziegler and Michael Neustel represented Inline Packaging on the appeal with Chad Ziegler presenting oral argument to the Federal Circuit.
U.S. Patent No. 8,872,078 is owned by Graphic Packaging International, Inc. and relates to technology used for microwave susceptor sleeves. Graphic Packaging had sued Inline Packaging for infringement of the ‘078 patent in U.S. Federal District Court over its alleged sale of microwave susceptor materials to Nestlé for use with certain HOT POCKETS® and/or LEAN CUISINE® branded food products. Neustel Law Offices represented the IPR Petitioner, Inline Packaging, LLC, a small microwave susceptor packaging business with approximately 50 employees in Princeton, Minnesota in the successful IPR campaign and defending the IPR decision on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
UPDATE: There is a good Law360 Article on the appeal decision on February 9, 2018.
On August 3 & 4, 2017, on behalf of Barco, Inc., Neustel filed petitions for inter partes review on three patents owned and asserted in district court by T-Rex Property AB. The challenged patents are U.S. Patents RE39,470; 7,382,334; & 6,430,603. The patents all relate to systems for remotely controlling displays, with particular application to digital signage and advertising.
Law360, New York (May 2, 2017, 1:46 PM EDT) — Neustel Law Offices Ltd. has added an intellectual property litigator previously with Baker & McKenzie LLP as a partner who will work on IP matters for the firm, it has announced.
Edward K. Runyan will focus his practice on counseling clients on a broad range of matters related to patents and technology, according to the firm’s April 26 announcement.
Runyan has more than 16 years of experience working in intellectual property matters such as drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and abroad and in representing clients in infringement litigation in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, ….
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Neustel Law Offices, LTD is pleased to announce that Edward K. Runyan has joined our firm as a Partner. Edward holds a B.S. from Purdue University, is a member of the IEEE, and received his J.D. from DePaul University School of Law. Edward is an experienced patent litigator, both in Federal Courts and before the PTAB. Prior to joining our firm, Edward was employed at Kirkland & Ellis and Baker & McKenzie LLP in Chicago, where he provided general counseling for patents and technology, drafting and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications, and patent litigation (infringement & invalidity) in U.S. Federal Courts, the PTAB, and the ITC. Edward was previously employed as a Master Systems Engineer at United Technologies Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) in Rockford, IL, where he was responsible for the design, development and support of electrical power generating systems for commercial and military aircraft. We are thrilled to welcome Edward to the Neustel Team!
Fitness Celeb Claims Gym Infringed Exercise Machine, IP
Law360, Los Angeles (February 17, 2017, 7:57 PM EST) — Fitness guru and celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree and his Lagree Fitness sued the BodyRok franchise in California federal court on Friday alleging infringement of his patents, copyright and trademarks with a fitness machine nearly identical to his “Megaformer.” Lagree’s Pilates-style fitness program is practiced in more than 300 licensed studios around the world, the complaint said. He also has patents for exercise machines in the program, including the “Megaformer,” which is designed to work core muscles in various ways and only sold to Lagree-licensed studios. In a detailed 52-page complaint, Lagree accused BodyRok and its founders, who once had licensed Lagree programs, of debuting a fitness machine that infringes his patents for the Megaformer, as well as copying other aspects of Lagree’s program. Read Entire Article