VRP Law Group, P.C.

A Boutique Business, Employment and Intellectual Property Law Firm

Publications, Representative Matters, Complex Litigation and Trials

Intellectual Property and Complex Litigation

1. Patent Claim construction Co-Authored by ViharClaim Construction in the Federal Circuit published by West

2. A Proposed Modification to the FDA Exemption from Patent Infringement Authored by Vihar R. PatelFDA Exemption for Patent Infringement A Proposed Modification_IDEA

A copy may also be acquired through the New Hampshire Law School and the Fraklin Pierce Center IP Mall–http://ipmall.info/hosted_resources/IDEA/idea-vol47-no4-patel.pdf.

Sample of Litigation Matters for Vihar and VRP Law Group:

Throughout his ten year long career Vihar has worked on a variety of complex litigation matters involving intellectual property, business, employment and consumer law matters. A sample of some the matters that Vihar has worked on in the past, include the following:

1.1:13-cv-00154-Judge Sleet, JSDQ Mesh Technologies LLC v. Mesh Dynamics Inc.,Lead Attorney on complex patent infringement claims involving Ad Hoc, Dynamic, and structured Tree Based Mesh Network technology for routing radio communications and data packets. Brought in to represent Mesh Dynamics Inc. after preliminary settlement efforts and discussions failed. Developed a new litigation and settlement strategy involving counterclaims that were answered instead of being subjected to a motion to dismiss. Matter is still ongoing in Delaware District Court.

2.Proceeding Number 9205524 for CHICAGO STAGEHAND mark, IATSE Local No. 2 v. David Eaves and Chicago Stagehands LLC (Respondent/Defendant). Lead Attorney, Represented Respondent/Defendant in complex trademark cancellation proceeding relating to the CHICAGO STAGEHANDS mark. Took over case from prior attorney and law firm, developed a new litigation and discovery strategy. Completed discovery and prepared and filed motion for summary judgment. Summary Judgment is pending and the TTAB has yet, to issue a Ruling.

3.Manpower Inc. and ManpowerGroup vs. Google et. al., Lead attorney, represented Manpower Inc. and ManpowerGroup in a Rule 224 proceeding to shut down a fraudulent and deceptive scheme using the Manpower and Manpower Group marks and gmail addresses to acquire personal identity information of innocent job applicants.

4.09 cv 7934, OpticsPlanet, Inc. v. OpticSale, Inc. and Akyr Enterprises, Inc. (N.D. of Ill),Lead Attorney on complex copyright, trade dress, and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and interference with business relationships claims. Partially prevailed on a preliminary injunction motion and required Defendants to turn over infringing domains, post a disclaimer and issue an apology and retraction. The matter is still ongoing in front of Judge Shadur. Acquired dismissal of antitrust counterclaims. Lawsuit involved multimillion dollar claims. Developed litigation strategy.

5.08 cv 1998, Benitez and Reyes v. American Standard Circuits, Inc., and Patel (N.D. Ill) Lead Attorney. Represented defendants in multi-plaintiff Title VII, employment and related torts claiming damages in excess of 1.2 million. Helped Defendants resolve the matter, develop new policies, provide training and implement risk management strategies for future claims. Developed litigation and negotiation strategy.

6.08-1176 JLR, Laughing Rabbit Inc. v. OpticsPlanet Inc. (W. Dist of WA). Lead Attorney on defense of patent infringement claim. Developed a litigation and negotiation strategy.

7.CRN/Allergy & Respiratory, LLC v. CRN LLC (91195723), USPTO, Trademark Trials and Appeals Board, Lead Attorney. Represented Clinical Resource Network, LLC in Opposition proceedings relating to “CRN Changing the Pace of Clinical Trials” service mark. Obtained dismissal of opposition for CRN LLC. Developed domestic and international trademark development strategy. Successfully defended challenge to Clinical Resource Network’s trademark rights.

8.07-238, PhatRat v. Apple Inc., et. al., (Dist. Ct. of Colorado), Judge Blackman presiding. Developed a visual presentation strategy to illustrate the following: 1) to illustrate relationships of continuation applications with parent patent applications; and 2) to establish invalidity and non-infringement of patents claimed to be infringed by Apple. Litigation Consultant worked with Lead Attorney and his legal team. Claims were in excess of 10 million dollars.

9.09 CH 15426, Phoenix Home Care LLC v. Geraldine Sargent(Circuit Court of Cook County, First District, Chancery Division-Judge Sophia Hall presiding). Lead Attorney. Represented Ms. Sargent. Drafted and argued a winning response to a request for a temporary restraining order for alleged breach of employment agreement, non-compete and non-solicitation requirements. Phoenix claimed it was losses in excess of 2 million dollars to Ms. Sargent’s new employer Apple Home Healthcare Inc. Assisted and Apple Home Health Care the temporary restraining order hearing and voluntarily dismissed its Complaint for a preliminary injunction.

10.Solomon Page LLC v. CRN LLC (91195692), USPTO, Trademark Trials and Appeals Board. Lead Attorney. Representing Clinical Resource Network, LLC in Opposition and Cancellations proceedings relating to “CRN Changing the Pace of Clinical Trials” service mark. Developed domestic and international trademark development strategy.

11.05-153, Lending Tree LLC. v. Lower My Bills Inc., (W. Dist. of NC, Charlotte Division). Developed a visual presentation strategy to demonstrate the invalidity of patents claimed to be infringed by Lending Tree. Litigation Consultant worked with Lead Attorney and his legal team. Claims were in excess of 10 million dollars.

12.06-5335, Ace Hardware Corporation v.Marn Inc. d/b/a Arnold’s Ace Hardware et. al*., Lead Attorney. Represented Defendant and obtained a dismissal on behalf of a client sued for Trademark Infringement. Plaintiff was seeking damages in the 300K range.

Business and Employment Litigation

13.05-655, Board of Education of Ottawa, Township High School District 140, et. al. v. Illinois State Board of Education, et. al., (N. Dist. Illinois, Eastern Division), Judge Coar presiding. Assisted in drafting a winning 12 (b) (1) and (b) (6) motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims challenging the constitutionality of the No Child Left Behind Act. Drafted a 12 (b) (1) and (b) (6) motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint. Conducted 30 (b) (6) depositions of the Plaintiffs. Drafted a winning motion for summary judgment on behalf of the Defendants (ISBE and its Superintended Randy Dunn). Prevented a large political challenge and fight for the Illinois State Board of Education. Lead Attorney on the case.

14.04-3527, Favors v. Village of Forest View and Sergeant Richard Decker, (N. Dist. Illinois, Eastern Division)—Judge Andersen and Magistrate Judge Keys presiding.Conducted deposition of Plaintiff’s expert William F. Naber. Drafted a Daubert motion relating to Plaintiff’s expert on jail suicide rates and booking procedures. Drafted a winning motion for summary judgment on behalf of Sergeant Decker. Plaintiff demanded over 1.2 million, lost the summary judgment motion and received nothing in the case. Lead attorney on the case. Plaintiff was represented by Kevin Golden formerly of Motherway and Napleton.

15.02 C 9339, Lia Ishkhanian v. Forrester Clinic et. al., (N. Dist. Illinois, Eastern Division)-Judge Kenelley presided.Represented employee in sexual harassment and various employment related torts. Drafted a winning response to a 12 (b) (6) motion to dismiss claims of negligent hiring, post-termination retaliation, assault, and battery. See. Published Opinion—2003 WL 21479072 (N.D. Ill.). Conducted numerous depositions of doctors and other employees. Represented Plaintiff and negotiated a favorable outcome for the plaintiff in the case. Lead Attorney on the case.

16.01 C 1584, Allen Rivlin v. Cook County Recorder of Deeds, (N. Dist. Illinois, Eastern Division)Magistrate Judge Nolan presided. Drafted a winning response to Defendants’ summary judgment motion on section 1983 and ADEA claims. Negotiated a settlement of $65K on behalf of the Plaintiff during a settlement conference. This information is not subject to any confidentiality requirements.

17.01 L 6710, Richard Parus v. Chicago Bancorp Inc., (Circuit Court of Cook County, Third District-Judge Fink Presiding).Drafted a winning response to a motion for summary judgment and conducted a winning three day jury trial. Represented Plaintiff and prevailed on Plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract and violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Lead attorney on the case, but second chair at trial. Defense Counsel was Rodd Elges at Clausen Miller and he is willing to discuss the trial and my representation of Plaintiff with those that want to inquire.

18.03 C 0476, Kim Igielski v. Nextira One and Jaime Cucoy, (N. Dist. Illinois, Eastern Division)- Judge Zagel presided. Represented Ms. Igielski in her claims for intentional interference with ERISA benefits, intentional interference with contractual relations, breach of compensation agreement and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act claims. Lead attorney on the case. Defendant was represented by Seyfarth and Shaw.

19.03 L 8636, David Larsen v. Cendant Corporation, (In the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division).–represented Mr. Larsen in his claims for breach of compensation agreement, stock options agreement, deferred compensation and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act claims. Lead attorney on the case.

20. 03-2369, Shawn D.G.Mackie v. Vaughan Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, (1st District Court of Appeals for Illinois).Represented employee on his citizen crime fighter theory of retaliatory discharge. Drafted winning appeal briefs on a former employee’s claim for retaliatory discharge. See. Published Opinion—354 Ill. App.3d 731 (1st Dist. 2004). Lead attorney on the case. Defendant was represented by Meckler Bulger and Tilson.

Consumer Litigation Matters

1. 06 M2 3079, Isayeva v. Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. (2nd Municipal District for the Circuit Court of Cook County). Represented Mr. Isayeva in a breach of express and implied warranty claim against Toyota. Lead Attorney. Represented Mr. Isayeva in a winning arbitration against Toyota Motor Sales. Defendant was represented by Swanson, Martin & Bell.

2. 51 188 00176 07, Melnikova v. Woodfield Acura, (American Arbitration Association-Chicago Office). Represented Ms.Melnikova in a claim for Consumer and Common law Fraud. Lead Attorney. Represented Ms. Melnikova in a winning arbitration against Woodfield Acura. Defendant was represented by Gordon and Karr.

3. 06 M2 0743, Karpats v. Ace Auto Sales & Leasing, (2ndMunicipal District for the Circuit Court of Cook County). Represented Mr. Karpats in a claim for Consumer and Common Law, Fraud. Represented Mr. Karpats in a winning arbitration against Ace Auto Sales & Leasing. Lead Attorney.

4. 06 M2 007010, Nu-Way Signs v. Frozen Ropes Inc., (2nd Municipal District Court for the Circuit Court of Cook County). Represented Nu-Way Signs in a breach of contract claim against Frozen Ropes. Represented Nu-Way signs in a winning arbitration against Frozen Ropes. Lead Attorney.

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VRP Law, P.C., aka VRP Law Group,
73 West Monroe Street, Suite 211 and 219,
Chicago, IL 60603.
Main Phone: 312-854-7090
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