Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law



AMP Research: Bed Extender
Knobbe Martens was instrumental in securing patent protection for AMP Research's BED X-TENDER, used to increase the effective length of pick-up trucks. To date, Knobbe Martens has worked with AMP to develop and implement a strategy that has resulted in AMP being granted over 17 U.S. patents for key aspects of the BED X-TENDER technology. Knobbe Martens successfully negotiated a license agreement with a major tier one supplier, resulting in AMP receiving millions of dollars in royalties, while being free to continue to sell the BED X-TENDER in the aftermarket.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals
The firm successfully prosecuted a world-wide patent portfolio for Avanir covering Docosanol and related long-chain fatty alcohols and their uses in topical and systemic antiviral therapies. The topical antiviral uses of docosanol received marketing approval from the FDA, under the name Abreva®, for treating cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. The firm was further successful in obtaining five years of Patent Term Extension for the key Abreva patent for regulatory delays under 35 U.S.C. 156, and in representing Avanir in negotiating a deal with GlaxoSmithKline for marketing Abreva.

The firm developed a large patent portfolio surrounding danoprevir, an HCV protease inhibitor, for our client InterMune, Inc. In addition to obtaining several key patents, the firm filed suit against the U.S. Patent Office on behalf of InterMune to maximize the patent term adjustment awarded to the U.S. patent. After successfully prosecuting the danoprevir portfolio world-wide, the firm handled the intellectual property aspects of the negotiations and ultimate $175 million cash deal with Hoffman-La Roche giving them the development and commercialization rights to danoprevir.

Journée Lighting Inc.
Our client Journée Lighting Inc. designs and manufactures state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures. Journée Lighting invented a new light bulb that makes LED lights easier to use. The new light bulb, if never turned off, would last for 5.7 years at a fraction of the cost of a standard light bulb. GE Lumination purchased the next-generation LED module technology from Journée Lighting. A team of Knobbe Martens attorneys played an instrumental role in obtaining patent protection for the invention and providing agreement services leading to highly successful negotiations.

Kyoto University
Knobbe Martens worked closely with Professor Yamanaka and his team to obtain U.S. Patent No. 8,048,999, the first patentgranted for the work which led to Professor Yamanaka's Nobel Prize. The patent relates to a nuclear programming factor for the production of these induced pluripotent stem cells from adult cells. It is expected that the production of induced pluripotent stem cells will ultimately lead to treatments that allow the complete regeneration of injured and diseased tissues.

Knobbe Martens continues to represent Kyoto University in connection with its ongoing efforts to obtain patent protection in the United States for Professor Yamanaka's further work. We are greatly honored that Kyoto University entrusted Knobbe Martens to assist it in connection with such groundbreaking work, and we particularly appreciate the opportunity to work with Professor Yamanaka, a scientist of such renowned stature.

Specialized Bicycle: Horst Link Bicycle Suspension
Knobbe Martens was instrumental in securing patent protection on one of mountain biking's most fundamental suspension designs, the Horst Link Four Bar Suspension. After other law firms were unable to convince the U.S. Patent Office as to the patentability of the Horst Link suspension, Knobbe Martens was successful in securing three patents for the technology. The Horst Link patents became one of the cornerstones of Specialized Bicycle’s intellectual property portfolio.

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