Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Clean Technology

Successes

UV Waterworks™ Device
Dr. Ashok Gadgil, an inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is recognized for his UV Waterworks™ water disinfection device that has made drinking water safe for over 100 million people across four continents. Knobbe Martens partner Adeel Akhtar worked with Dr. Gadgil to secure the patent for his ground breaking water purification device.

The patent examination process for Dr. Gadgil’s UV Waterworks device presented many challenges, and was at first denied patentability. Unfazed by the Patent Office’s initial finding, Akhtar responded to the rejections to persuade the Patent Office to grant a patent for Dr. Gadgil’s invention. In a further reexamination proceeding, Akhtar encouraged Dr. Gadgil to accompany him to the Patent Office in Washington D.C. to explain, in-person, the far reaching potential of his revolutionary invention and to argue for its patentability. Dr. Gadgil’s sincerity and unwavering belief in the life changing capabilities of his invention, in conjunction with Akhtar’s skillful defense of the simple ingenuity of the water disinfection device, eventually swayed the examiner to confirm patentability for the inventions embodied in the UV Waterworks™ device.

Kruse Technology Partnership v. Cummins, Inc.
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement.

Kruse Technology Partnership v. General Motors and Kruse Technology Partnership v. DMAX
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement after formal mediation.

Kruse Technology Partnership v. Isuzu
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement of patent infringement litigation via formal mediation.

Kruse Technology Partnership v. Caterpillar, CV 04-10435 PA
Represented plaintiff in patent litigation over diesel engine combustion technology, defeated Caterpillar’s summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity, negotiated settlement before trial (December 2008).

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