Representative Cases

Konrad Sherinian has appeared in more than 50 Federal and State cases, and consulted on dozens more. Below is a representative listing of cases that Mr. Sherinian has litigated along with a brief description of the subject matter and results.

Intellectual Property

Polaris Industries et al. v. Nouis Technologies:  Represented Nouis Technologies in Petition for Inter Partes Review filed by Polaris.  The Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) denied Polaris’s petition on all grounds.

Burberry Limited v. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule A:  Burberry sued Music Lily, a music retailer, for counterfeiting based on false information provided by an unknown individual.  The case was settled advantageously for Music Lily, which regained access to its Pay Pal account, and avoided having a preliminary injunction entered against it.

Walgreen v. Toy Century:  Represent Toy Century against Walgreen which has accused Toy Century of selling defective radio controlled cars.

Narada Systems v. Tabula: Represented Narada Systems in a patent infringement suit to enforce U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,504,786, 6,901,070, and 7,236,488, which cover various improved routing and switching technologies.  The case was settled advantageously for Narada.

Dragon Bleu v. VENM: Represent Trademark Applicant VENM in an Opposition proceeding filed by Dragon Bleu.

United Skys v. CPI Daylighting: Represented United Skys in a trade secret action against CPI Daylighting to recover for CPI’s misappropriation of United Skys’s trade secrets and to quell CPI’s accusations that United Skys misappropriated CPI’s trade secrets.  The case was settled advantageously for United Skys.

A&R Collectibles v. A Christmas Story House: Represented A&R Collectibles in a suit to recover damages incurred due to a wrongful assertion of copyright infringement made by defendant.  The case was settled advantageously for A&R.

Golf Simulator v. Bogies Indoor Golf Club: Represented plaintiff Golf Simulator to enforce its patent covering improvements in golf simulator technology.

Brandon Wade Licensing:  Represented a well-known photographer in enforcing his copyright against a number of websites that displayed his photograph of a football player with his mother.  Recovered numerous settlements for thousands of dollars.

Narada Systems v. Violin Memory: Represented Narada Systems in a patent infringement suit to enforce U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,504,786 & 7,236,488, which cover various advances in routing and switching technologies. As a result of Mr. Sherinian’s representation, Violin Memory agreed to license Narada Systems’ patents.

Ameranth v. GrubHub: Represented Defendant GrubHub in a second patent case brought by Ameranth, Inc. on U.S. Pat. No. 8,146,077 that allegedly covers the real time synchronization of hospitality information among a master database and various clients.

Ameranth v. Pizza Hut et al.: Represented Defendant GrubHub in a patent case brought by Ameranth, Inc. on two patents (6,384,850 and 6,871,325) that allegedly cover the synchronization of hospitality information among a central database, web, and wireless clients.

Microlinc v. Intel et al: Represented plaintiff Microlinc in a patent infringement suit to enforce U.S. Pat. No. 6,009,488, which covers various improved patent based interconnects for use within microcomputers. This case is still pending.

Network Backup v. Atempo et al.: Represented plaintiff Network Backup Corp. (“NBC”) in a patent infringement suit to enforce U.S. Pat. No. 5,133,065, which covers various computer backup technologies. As a result of Mr. Sherinian’s representation, and even though the ‘065 patent had already expired by the time suit was initiated, all defendants agreed to take a license.

Finoc v. 2Wire et al.: Represented plaintiff Finoc, a Finnish engineering company, to enforce U.S. Pat. No. 6,850,560 , which covers wireless DSL technologies. As a result of Mr. Sherinian’s representation, all defendants agreed to license Finoc’s patent.

Premier International v. Apple: Represented plaintiff Premier International in a patent infringement suit to enforce U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,243,725 and 6,763,345, which cover various features relating to the use of playlists by computerized devices. As a result of Mr. Sherinian’s representation, Apple agreed to take a license under Premier’s patent portfolio.

Employment

Methode v. Weng:  Represented former employee in action brought by employer.

Personal Injury

Anderson v. Lake:  Represented plaintiff in auto-accident case that recovered substantial damages.  Client suffered soft-tissue injuries and bulging disk due to accident.   Case settled after defendant admitted fault under examination.

Lesht v. Rumsfield:  Represented plaintiff in auto-accident case that recovered substantial damages.  Client suffered soft-tissue injuries and aesthetic harm to her hand.

Qui Tam

Mr. Sherinian represented Thomas Simonian in a series of qui tam suits filed against various industry participants in an effort to put an end to the rampant false marking of patents on products. While many other copycats filed similar cases, Simonian had the highest collections per case of any plaintiff. The defendants dealt with Mr. Simonian’s success by lobbying Congress to change the law, effectively barring Mr. Simonian from forcing the bad actors to remove improper patent markings from their products.

A representative sample of Mr. Sherinian’s Qui Tam cases follows, all of which resulted in substantial settlements:

Simonian v. Merial: Represented qui tam plaintiff in action to force a leading manufacturer of breast pumps to stop marking its products with expired patents.

Simonian v. Advanced Vison Research: Represented qui tam plaintiff in action to force a leading manufacturer of eye drops to stop marking its products with expired patents.

Simonian v. Weber-Stephen Products: Represented qui tam plaintiff in action to force manufacturer of barbecue related products to stop marking its products with expired patents.

Pro Bono

American Service Insurance Company v. United Auto Insurance Company: Represented defendant in declaratory action filed by United Auto Insurance Company as part of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Access to Justice program. Verdict was entered for Mr. Sherinian’s client on summary judgment despite an accusation by the owner of the car that he had stolen it at the time that the underlying accident took place; United Auto Insurance Company was required to provide coverage to Mr. Sherinian’s client for the underlying personal injury case.

American Heartland Insurance Company v. Prestia: Represented defendant Magdelena Chlebek in declaratory action filed by American Heartland Insurance Company as part of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Access to Justice program. Verdict was entered on behalf of Ms. Chlebek on summary judgment despite notice not having been provided to American Heartland Insurance Company for more than six months after the underlying automobile accident; American Heartland Insurance Company was required to provide coverage for the underlying personal injury case.