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Sep 2016

Osha Liang Ranks on HBJ’s Largest Houston-Area IP Law Firms List

Osha Liang was ranked as the third largest intellectual property law firm in Houston by the Houston Business Journal.  Firms are ranked by the number of intellectual property lawyers in the Houston area.  Rankings were determined by the number of Houston-area lawyers who concentrate their practice in intellectual property law.  In order to qualify for the list, a lawyer must spend at least 75 percent of their...

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Aug 2016

Partner Peter Schechter Quoted in Law360 on Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege

Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in the Law360 article “Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege.” Texas appellate ruling that an inventor’s emails with a nonlawyer patent agent aren’t privileged is causing consternation for patent lawyers who had hoped a Federal Circuit decision in March recognizing the privilege would be the final word on the issue and maintain continuity among different venues. The ruling,...

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29

Jun 2016

Brexit: Consequences on Patent Prosecution in Europe

By: Francesca Giovannini The UK’s decision of leaving the European Union has shocked global markets and unleashed uncertainty. Although this decision is likely to impact the date at which Europe’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) can begin operations, the current routes available to applicants for obtaining patent protection in Europe are unchanged. Multinational patent protection in Europe may still be obtained by filing European patent applications and...

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21

Jun 2016

Partner Tammy Terry Quoted in Law360 Article on High Court’s PTAB Claim Construction Ruling

Partner Tammy Terry was quoted in the Law360 article “Attorneys React to High Court’s PTAB Claim Construction Ruling.” The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday, June 20, 2016 in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can continue to use a claim construction standard to review patents in America Invents Act reviews that is different from the one used in...

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14

Jun 2016

Peter Schechter Quoted in Law360 Article on Patent Damages Ruling

Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in the Law360 article “Attorneys React to High Court’s Patent Damages Ruling.” The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday, June 13, 2016 to discard the Federal Circuit’s strict test for awarding enhanced damages in patent cases, finding that the circuit’s high bar for patent owners was not justified under the Patent Act.  In the article, attorney’s tell Law360 why the decision is...

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20

May 2016

Retirement Congratulations to Dr. Chyau Liang

Dr. Chyau Liang, named partner of Osha Liang LLP, will be retiring from the firm this month after a long and distinguished career as a scientist, a professor, and an intellectual property attorney. Dr. Liang received his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from National Taiwan University in 1977.  After a couple years of working as a pharmacist in Taiwan, he moved to the United States...

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20

May 2016

EU Trade Secrets Directive Approved

By: Christophe Besnard The European Parliament voted on last April 14, 2016 in favor of the EU Trade Secrets Directive. The Council of the European Union (EU) should now approve the Parliament’s position and the Directive be adopted in its current wording. The EU Member States would then have 24 months to adapt their national laws to the objectives of the Directive. The Directive aims to ensure that...

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20

May 2016

News Flash: New Federal Trade Secrets Act in the United States

By: Jonathan P. Osha President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016.  The DTSA for the first time provides a private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation at the federal level.  Previously, prosecution of trade secret theft at the federal level was limited to criminal actions brought by the federal government.  Private actions for trade secret theft were...

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16

May 2016

Osha Liang Ranked Among Top 100 U.S. Firms for Minority Attorneys

Law360 recently released its inaugural results of the “Top 100 Firms for Minority Attorneys” survey and Osha Liang ranked 23rd on the top 100 list of U.S. law firms that were ranked.   This ranking, based on each firm’s minority representation at both the partner and non-partner levels, illustrates Osha Liang’s commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion. According to Law360’s 2016 Diversity Snapshot of the U.S. law firms surveyed by Law360, less than...

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Mar 2016

Fed. Circ. Patent Agent Privilege Rule To Lower Legal Costs  

The Federal Circuit’s decision this week in the case involving Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. ruled that some communications between patent applicants and nonlawyer patent agents are privileged gives agents far greater freedom to do their jobs and should lower the cost of patent law services.  Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in Law360 commenting on why the ruling is good for patent law firms, as well as...

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Feb 2016

Osha Liang Congratulates 2016 HATCH Pitch Finalists

AUSTIN and HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2016/PRNewswire/ — HATCH pitch, the revolutionary startup pitch competition, announced today the finalists for its upcoming March 13 event in Austin, Texas. A proud sponsor of HATCH pitch since its inception in 2012, the Osha Liang LLP intellectual property law firm congratulates the finalists selected for this international competition. Applications were received from hundreds of early-stage tech startups in 20...

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Feb 2016

Osha Liang Recognized as a Top Firm for Business Methods Applications

HOUSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-7 ranking by Juristat with successes in the area of e-commerce art units of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the law firm said today. Selected from IP Today’s list of top firms for 2015, Osha Liang is recognized for business methods claims in the 3620s, 3680s, and 3690s e-commerce art units. Jonathan...

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Feb 2016

Osha Liang Helps Standard Innovation Achieve Global IP Settlement

HOUSTON, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The epic legal battle between Canada-based Standard Innovation Corp., pioneer of the innovative We-Vibe® brand of sexual wellness products, and the LELO group of companies, officially has ended, the intellectual property law firm Osha Liang LLP said today. In what became the equivalent of the Apple v. Samsung battle of the sexual wellness industry, these long-time rivals reached a global...

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Jan 2016

Osha Liang Welcomes IP Attorney David S. Forman to Our Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON and HOUSTON, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Intellectual property attorney David S. Forman, whose practice focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and counseling, has joined Osha Liang LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C.-area office. Dr. Forman has a wide range of scientific and legal experience with matters involving biotechnology, immunology, pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry, diagnostic devices and methods, and medical devices. He was...

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Dec 2015

Osha Liang Recognized as a Top Firm for Patent Allowance in USPTO’s Technology Center 3600

HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-4 ranking by Juristat in patent examination allowance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Technology Center 3600, the law firm said today. The USPTO’s TC 3600 provides examination for a wide range of technologies, including software, business methods, and the oil and gas industry. With an allowance rate of 89.0 percent, Osha...

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02

Dec 2015

Osha Liang LLP Recognized as a Top Firm for Patent Allowance in USPTO’s Technology Center 2100

HOUSTON, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-10 ranking by Juristat in patent examination allowance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Technology Center 2100, the law firm said today. The USPTO’s TC 2100 provides examination for patent applications including computer archi-tecture, software and information security. With an allowance rate of 89.43 percent, Osha Liang was recognized as a leader...

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22

Oct 2015

Jeffrey S. Bergman and Jonathan P. Osha co-author The Bulletproof Patent: A Practical Guide to Drafting & Obtaining an Enforceable Patent

Osha Liang LLP is pleased to announce that LexisNexis recently published The Bulletproof Patent: A Practical Guide to Drafting & Obtaining an Enforceable Patent. As explained by the authors, Jeffrey S. Bergman and Jonathan P. Osha, who together have a combined 30 years as patent practitioners, a “bulletproof ” patent is one that does not require litigation because it is written understandably, is clear in...

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25

Sep 2015

Osha Liang named one of the 6 IP Boutiques Punching Above Their Weight

6 IP Boutiques Punching Above Their Weight Law360, San Diego (September 25, 2015, 3:32 PM ET) — Between corporate spending cuts to intellectual property litigation and talent poaching by bigger firms, IP boutiques face a bruising legal market, but some specialty shops are getting ahead of the competition, landing big-name clients and notching wins in court and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. After...

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02

Jun 2015

Valeo North America Inc. Victorious at the PTAB

HOUSTON, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In a significant victory, auto parts maker Valeo North America Inc. won a series of patent challenges related to vehicle vision and imaging sys-tem technology in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the company’s law firm Osha Liang LLP said today. In a series of Final Written Decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated 92 of 93 of...

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04

May 2015

Jeffery P. Langer Joins Osha Liang’s Washington Office

WASHINGTON and HOUSTON, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Intellectual property law firm Osha Liang LLP announced that new partner Jeffery P. Langer has joined the firm’s relocated metro Washington, D.C. office. Dr. Langer joined firm partner James Hopenfeld at the firm’s office at 800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. The office is located a short walk from United States Patent and Trademark Office...

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Apr 2015

Beacon Power LLC Defeats Twin America Invents Act Validity Challenges to Patent

HOUSTON, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP’s client Beacon Power LLC has defeated twin America Invents Act validity challenges to its U.S. Patent 8,008,804 covering the use of Flywheel Energy Storage Systems (FESS) for regulating the frequency of the electric power grid. In late 2014, Temporal Power Ltd., a competitor in the emerging market for FESS applications, filed two petitions for Inter Partes...

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Oct 2014

Peter Schechter Elected Vice Chair of AIPPI-US Division of AIPLA

HOUSTON, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Peter C. Schechter, who joined Osha Liang LLP as a partner in January 2014, was elected vice chair of the AIPPI-US Division of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the international intellectual property law firm announced today. Mr. Schechter’s election at the AIPLA annual meeting in Washington D.C. last week came midway through his two-year appointment to the organization’s...

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Aug 2014

Osha Liang LLP’s Patent Agent Program Seeks New Talent

HOUSTON August 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global intellectual property law firm Osha Liang LLP is searching for promising recent college graduates and talented individuals from the high-tech industry to join its team responsible for drafting and procuring patents in the computer science and software industries. Osha Liang seeks applicants for the firm’s unique Patent Agent Program. Recent college graduates with computer science degrees and experienced...

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10

Jul 2014

Osha Liang LLP Named Among IP Boutiques Most Loved by In-House Counsel

HOUSTON July 10, 2014 — Osha Liang LLP is pleased to announce that Law360, in cooperation with BTI, has named the firm as one of seven intellectual property law boutiques most loved by in-house counsel nationwide. After a survey of more than 175 general counsel and decision makers at Fortune 1000 companies, the seven IP boutique law firms were chosen as industry standouts. Noted service...

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11

Jun 2014

Supreme Court Raises Risk of Attorney Fees Awards in Patent Litigation

The Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases on April 29 that make it easier for a successful patent litigant to win an attorney fees award against the loser. In Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., No. 12-1184, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), the Court dramatically lowered both the standard for winning an attorney fees award and the burden of proof...

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