Goodwin Client Prevails In Patent Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 01:00

In a recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Goodwin Procter LLP achieved a litigation victory for its client Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading supplier of electrical wiring devices. The Federal Circuit affirmed an ITC ruling that a number of China-based manufacturers and their U.S. distributors had infringed P&S patents and the ITC's orders that those companies and their U.S. distributors stop importation of infringing ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) products into the United States.

P&S's complaint was filed in August 2007 and the trial in the ITC was held in June 2008. The investigation included six patents and multiple respondents. Following the nine-day trial, the ITC Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski noted numerous violations of P&S's patents. The Court of Appeals largely affirmed the findings of the ITC, holding all of P&S's patents valid and enforceable, and that seven of the respondents infringed P&S's patents. The ITC's previously issued exclusion orders precluding importation of those infringing GFCIs and cease-and-desist orders precluding the U.S. distributors from selling those infringing GFCIs will remain in force.

The Court of Appeals also ruled that two respondents did not infringe; however, P&S firmly believes that aspect of the decision is in error and therefore intends to request a rehearing by the Court of Appeals.

Mark Abate served as lead trial and appellate counsel for P&S. George R. McGuire of Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC's Syracuse, New York office, served as co-counsel. The trial and appellate team also included Goodwin Procter attorneys Jennifer Albert, Charles Sanders, Ankur Parekh, Andrew Stein, Calvin Wingfield and Eleanor Yost as well as Bond Schoeneck & King attorney Dave Nocilly. Since 2007, Goodwin Procter has been involved in six ITC investigations and 44 appeals at the Federal Circuit.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers announced that Goodwin Procter achieved 54 rankings in national and metropolitan practice areas in its inaugural "Best Law Firms" survey. The firm was honored with top tier rankings in six national and 22 metropolitan practice areas. Clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. Goodwin Procter's complete list of rankings include:

The six top tier national rankings were: Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Intellectual Property Law; Mutual Funds Law; Private Equity Law; and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law.

The 22 top-tier metropolitan rankings were in Boston: Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Biotechnology Law; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Environmental Law; Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Private Equity Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Technology Law; Trusts & Estates Law. In San Francisco, the top-tier practice was Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and in Washington Banking and Finance Law and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law were ranked top tier.