Intellectual Property

Who We Are and What We Do

Our firm is committed to the same principle as our IP clients: innovation. Our engagements often address managing IP portfolios, beginning with obtaining protection, through building the portfolio and determining freedom to operate, and finally protecting IP assets. Our work focuses on patent litigation, post-grant review processes before the PTO, trade secrets, trade dress, trademarks and copyrights.

We have successfully litigated and tried cases involving technical fields such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals and Hatch-Waxman, biotech, consumer products, software, hardware, semiconductors, ecommerce and mechanical devices.  We have developed defense strategies against patent trolls (non-practicing entities) and expedited the process for patent reviews for specious patents.

Our Clients

The RSHC intellectual property team regularly represents clients ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies that manufacture medical devices, chemical compounds, biologics, e-commerce solutions, computer systems and components, and consumer goods. We represent large and small companies, from market leaders to startups, from multi-defendant representations to single party arch competitor “bet-the-company” matters.

Our Lawyers

At RSHC, our intellectual property lawyers are, to a person, intellectually curious, vigorous advocates, and creative problem-solvers. We help our clients address the legal and regulatory challenges they face when trying to protect the products of human creation and intelligence. Through decades of experience, dozens of trials, and scores of representations, our lawyers have met those challenges and exceeded our clients’ expectations.

Our Approach and Results

Delivering value to you requires us to define the “win” with you up front. We start by listening closely and mastering the facts immediately.   We then chart the steps to victory with you, aligning business with legal needs as well as matching personal styles and budgets. When litigation is required, it is distracting and time consuming; these alignments help to ensure that our work consistently keeps your needs at the fore. We plan for trial. We are equally conversant on the technical and business issues and we can translate the complex into a linear narrative. This ability has served our clients well, in courts around the country as well as before the PTO. We have broad federal and state court experience, at trial, appellate, and agency levels. We know how to talk to juries. We know how to argue an appeal.

We combine holistic thinking with targeted strategies. We win wars, not just battles.

Delivering Value

We deliver value to our clients and align our pricing mechanism with our clients’ business needs and expectations. Our partners become fully invested in each matter because effective advocacy is a hands-on venture and we believe that lean litigation teams can deliver great results in a much more cost-effective way.

State of the Art


Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, June 2017
On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court struck another in a series of blows to patent owners this term and significantly broadened the doctrine of patent “exhaustion,” which bars a patentee from asserting patent rights over an article after an authorized sale of the article. The decision reversed longstanding Federal Circuit precedent permitting patent infringement actions if (1) a sale was subject to clearly communicated, lawful restrictions on post-sale use or resale; or (2) a sale was made overseas. The Supreme Court voided these safe harbors, finding them to be sales that exhausted patent rights, reasoning “patent exhaustion is uniform and automatic.” Slip Op. at 13. The Supreme Court’s decision not only has immediate ramifications for patent licensing and enforcement actions, but also is likely to have a cascading effect on worldwide supply chains, pricing and product availability in some countries.

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Are the Days of E.D. Texas Waning?

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, March 2017

On March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an issue that has long plagued defendants in patent cases: are the venue rules applied by the Federal Circuit at odds with the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent? TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, No.16-341.

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Supreme Court Abolishes Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, March 2017
SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, Case No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017)

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Federal Circuit Clarifies the Boundaries of the Elusive “Abstract Idea” in Section 101 Challenges

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2016

 Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC v. DirecTV, LLC et al. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

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Federal Circuit Offers Further Ammunition to Section 101

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, September 2016

Challenges in McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games Amercia, et al. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

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Representative Engagements

  • Successfully represented the plaintiff/patentee in a multiple-patent, rocket-docket case involving healthcare/hand-hygiene technology. The result: an expedited preliminary injunction and Markman proceedings, which catalyzed a fast-track license to our client’s patents.
  • Secured multiple injunctions, lost-profits reimbursement, and dismissals with orders that a competitor go off-market for client in the medical device market.
  • Stepped in as replacement counsel to the plaintiff/patentee in an action asserting e-commerce (online guaranty) patent. Our lawyer argued before Federal Circuit and Virginia courts the cutting-edge issue of whether an invention is too abstract to earn a patent, and in the process, preserved our client’s ability to exploit its core intellectual property for years to come.
  • Represented a major manufacturer as plaintiff in a series of nine lawsuits initiated over a 3-year period to protect the client’s design patent and trade-dress rights in an industry-leading design that brought a rash of imitators into the market. All cases were resolved through settlement.
  • Developed and implemented a trademark policing and enforcement strategy aimed at protecting a leading manufacturing client’s flagship mark, including proceedings in US district court, US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and foreign courts and trademark offices throughout the world.  All proceedings were resolved through settlement.
  • Successfully represented an insurance company against a claim of intellectual property misappropriation.
  • Successfully defended claims of trade-secret misappropriation and patent infringement brought against our university client by a joint developer of optical encoders used in bioassays.
  • Successfully defended an employer and engineers accused of trade secret misappropriation of high-speed router technology.
  • Successfully defended a foreign government from claims of copyright infringement of software used for filtering and monitoring internet activity.