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!
February 22, 2017
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
February 22, 2016
Congratulations to Woodard, Emhardt partners Spiro Bereveskos, Thomas Henry, and Daniel Lueders for being named Super Lawyers in The Super Lawyers Magazine, Indiana / 2016.
October 7, 2015
On October 6, Bill McKenna spoke with engineering students completing their senior design projects as part of the engineering program at the University of Dayton. Bill’s talk covered a high level overview of intellectual property as well as an understanding of the various aspects of patent law they are likely to encounter in their careers, including the process for obtaining patents, understanding the patents of others, and designing around or invalidating patents to clear new products. The program was sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the University of Dayton School of Law.
July 23, 2015
Woodard, Emhardt associate Michael Morris was selected for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. The Bar Leader Series is designed to develop lawyers for future opportunities in leadership roles in business and legal communities. Through the series, selected lawyers will learn how to communicate, motivate, inspire, and succeed not only in their law careers, but also in service to professional, political, judicial, civic, and community organizations.
June 4, 2015
Woodard, Emhardt partner Liz Shuster was recently honored to be one of twenty-five attorneys graduating from the 2015 class of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy (ISBA LDA). This statewide leadership program was created to further educate and develop attorneys identified as leaders to enhance their future contributions to the State Bar, community organizations and other groups. Members participated in five sessions on leadership principles and techniques, and the challenges and rewards of leadership in action, while also working together to implement a public service project.