WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2011) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a leader in intellectual property litigation, prosecution and transactions, has won a complete victory on behalf of Firm client InSite Vision Incorporated (OTCBB: INSV) in its patent interference litigation with the University of California, San Francisco.
In 2009, the Regents of the University of California had sought to establish its own prior invention of two of InSite’s commercially practiced patents on topical treatment of eye infections with azithromycin. Just one week after the final hearing on November 18, 2011 the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entered judgment for InSite and rendered an opinion upholding virtually all technology and legal positions advanced by the McDermott team on InSite’s behalf.
“We could not have asked for a better outcome for our long-time client InSite Vision,” said lead McDermott attorney and partner Joel M. Freed. “This decision firmly establishes InSite’s rights in these two commercially practiced patents that are also linked to InSite’s product pipeline. McDermott is committed to leveraging our world-class capabilities in the intellectual property space to help emerging life sciences companies protect crucial innovations, and investments, in today’s highly litigious environment.”
The McDermott interference trial team that was led by Freed also included associate Aamer S. Ahmed in Washington, D.C.
With more than 190 lawyers and patent agents around the world, McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice is renowned for its broad trial, appellate, prosecution and transaction experience. More than 140 members of McDermott’s intellectual property team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and more than 100 are registered to practice before the USPTO. McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice includes numerous lawyers with valuable industry experience as well as former USPTO examiners and petition specialists.
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