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Indiana Super Lawyers Honors Four Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP Partners

February 21, 2018

Four partners from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP have been named to the 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

The following attorneys were included on the Super Lawyers list:
• Thomas Q. Henry – Intellectual Property
• Spiro Bereveskos – Intellectual Property Litigation
• Daniel J. Lueders – Intellectual Property Litigation

The following attorney was named to the Rising Stars list:
• William A. McKenna – Intellectual Property Litigation

Super Lawyers is an annual rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, statewide nominations and peer evaluations. Only the top 5 percent of Indiana’s attorneys are selected among the state’s most elite. All honorees are listed on the Super Lawyers website at www.superlawyers.com.

The “Rising Stars” designation honors leading attorneys who are 40 years or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.


Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP Promotes Two to Partnership

January 3, 2018

Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP is proud to announce that Jeremy Gustrowsky and Michael Morris have been named to the firm’s partnership, which was effective January 1, 2018.

Jeremy Gustrowsky focuses on all areas of intellectual property. He assists clients with a wide variety of needs to plan and execute strategies for protecting their ideas and branding their products and services. He has significant experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and abroad for a broad range of products. He also assists in litigation and dispute resolution matters.
He is a graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2010) and University of North Carolina at Asheville (B.S., 1999)

Michael Morris practices in all areas of intellectual property, including providing services for identifying, procuring, and enforcing intellectual property rights. In particular, he has significant experience in preparing and prosecuting medical device and mechanical patent applications in the U.S. and abroad; providing freedom-to-operate, infringement/non-infringement, invalidity/validity opinions and monitoring competitor IP.
He is a graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D., 2011) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S., 2008)


Matthew Gardlik Admitted To ISBA Leadership Development Academy

December 13, 2017

The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) today announced the Class of 2018 of its Leadership Development Academy, now entering its seventh year. The lawyers are accomplished legal practitioners who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years. The Academy is a statewide leadership program established to empower and develop lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill significant leadership roles in local and state bar associations, local communities and organizations and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.
 
The 25 members will participate in five sessions featuring professional facilitators and prominent speakers from various disciplines to inform participants about leadership principles and techniques, the importance of effective leaders in organizations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and the challenges and rewards of leadership in action. The press release is located here.
 


Fiberglass and Friendship—A Winning Team

November 30, 2017

A team from two Indianapolis law firms recently won a two-week jury trial in a trade secret lawsuit tried in U.S. District Court of Colorado, securing a defense verdict for a mutual client facing a claim of over $200 million in damages.

The team of lawyers from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP (Woodard) and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (BGD) capitalized on the respective strengths of the two firms to create an efficient, highly-focused and diverse team that took the case through massive ESI, other discovery and to trial. The lead defense attorneys were Spiro Bereveskos and Dan Lueders from Woodard and Rusty Denton and Bri Clark from BGD.

The team represented Knauf Insulation, Inc. (Knauf), a fiberglass insulation manufacturer headquartered in Shelbyville, Indiana. The lawsuit was filed by a Knauf competitor, Denver-based Johns Manville Corporation (JM). The lawsuit centered on technology relative to super-alloy spinner discs used to make insulation and began primarily as a patent case. JM claimed infringement of its “unique, novel and nonobvious spinner disc alloy.” JM also claimed misappropriation of alleged spinner disc trade secret information. The District Court dismissed JM’s patent claim with prejudice before trial. At trial in Denver, only three of JM’s alleged trade secret claims were presented to the jury over nine days of trial ending on November 9.
After less than three hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict that, in view of Knauf’s defense, JM failed to prove its claims of misappropriation. The verdict represented a complete exoneration of Knauf. Bereveskos said, “I am proud of the talented team we assembled and grateful the jury was able to see that Knauf was correct.”

The firms credit their unique collaboration to the personal relationship between two of the lead attorneys, Rusty Denton and Dan Lueders. Denton said, “I have known and worked with Dan for almost twenty years. I have the highest respect for him and his firm, and I knew that together, we could tap into the unique skills of our two firms.” The team combined Woodard’s specialized technical resources, BGD’s deep litigation support and the trial skills and experience of both firms to create a winning team. “It was classic team play. Everyone contributed and subordinated themselves to the good of the client and the cause,” said Lueders.


Woodard Emhardt Attorneys Recognized by 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers

February 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Thomas Henry, Spiro Bereveskos and Daniel Lueders have been named Super Lawyers for 2017. Additionally, Woodard, Emhardt partner Bill McKenna has been named as a Rising Star for 2017. Congratulations to all!


Chuck Schmal Serving on the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors

January 18, 2017

Woodard, Emhardt partner Chuck Schmal was sworn in today, January 18th, as a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors. He will be serving throughout 2017 as a Vice President working together with other dedicated members of the IndyBar leadership to strengthen the Indianapolis legal community and expand its positive impact in the community. Congratulations Chuck!


Woodard Emhardt Obtains Dismissal of Trademark Infringement Complaint

May 19, 2016

Judge Stivers of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky recently ordered that a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against operators of historical horse racing games by numerous prominent race tracks should be dismissed. The suit alleged that the defendants infringed upon the Plaintiffs’ trademarks by using the racetracks’ names to identify the location where historic horse races had taken place. The Court reasoned that the defendants were “fully within their rights to describe where an event took place in their wagering system without implying the owners of the racetrack are sponsoring the game…” Moreover, the court found that the defendants were protected by the fair use defense when describing where an event took place, even when the location described is most commonly conveyed using a registered trademark. Woodard Emhardt attorneys Spiro Bereveskos and Bill McKenna are representing the Defendants.


Woodard Emhardt Obtains Dismissal of Patent Infringement Complaint Under Section 101

May 12, 2016

Judge Stivers of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky recently ordered that a patent infringement lawsuit filed against operators of historical horse racing games should be dismissed as the three patents asserted failed to claim patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101. In dismissing all three infringement claims, the Court wrote “[Plaintiff]’s patents encompass subject matter facially unpatentable under Section 101. The only plausible reading of the ‘150, ‘887, and ‘737 patents reflects that they are ineligible for patent protection. The Asserted Patents are abstract ideas, and [plaintiff] has failed to demonstrate an inventive concept required to transform these claims into patentable subject matter within the meaning of Section 101. Thus, the claims asserted in the Amended Complaint must be dismissed.” The opportunity for companies facing the threat of infringement from patent holders to obtain either invalidate those patents or obtain prompt and efficient dismissal such as this in litigation has significantly increased following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice. Woodard Emhardt attorneys Spiro Bereveskos and Bill McKenna are representing the Defendants.


Woodard, Emhardt Hosting E-Day for Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program

April 12, 2016

Woodard, Emhardt is hosting “E-Day” (Evaluation Day) for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center on April 12, 2016. During E-Day, seniors majoring in entrepreneurship present their business plans to a panel of judges who decide whether a student passes or fails out of the program. The pool of judges includes business people, attorneys, and members of Indiana’s venture capital and entrepreneurship communities. Woodard, Emhardt wishes good luck to all of the participating students!


Woodard Attorneys Selected IP Stars for 2016

March 31, 2016

Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP is pleased to announce that partners Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders, and Charles P. Schmal have been selected to appear in the 2016 edition of IP Stars from Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. IP Stars identifies and analyzes the leading IP firms and attorneys in all 50 US states and Washington DC to provide deeper insights to the complex US IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Professionals selected for IP Stars are highly-regarded by their peers for the work they do both in and outside their organizations.

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