Jonathan K. Waldrop, Partner, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP to Speak at KG Event
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About Jonathan K. Waldrop
Jonathan K. Waldrop represents industry leading companies in patent and trademark litigation involving interactive web technologies, video-on-demand telecommunications, cable technology, computer-assisted sales processes, medical devices, cooking ovens, gaming systems and complex financial transactions. He is also experienced in handling commercial and antitrust litigation matters.
Jon’s clients include Google, YouTube and Adobe, world-leading technology companies, and Cox Communications, the third largest cable television provider in the U.S. He has acted as lead trial counsel in many cases for his clients and has a history of achieving favorable jury verdicts.
Jon is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, The Legal 500, and as a Northern California and Georgia “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Jon also earned the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “Master Advocate” designation in 2015, and is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America’s Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.
About Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP is a national law firm primarily focusing on complex commercial litigation. The firm’s highly talented lawyers are committed to pursuing creative, aggressive and innovative approaches to our clients’ most challenging legal matters. Our clients include leading companies in the high-tech, manufacturing, chemical, computer, energy, entertainment, consumer products, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, as well as major hedge funds, private equity firms, commercial banks, real estate developers and investors, regulated utilities and individuals. Our lawyers have been recognized by, among others, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, Law360 and Lawdragon for excellence in their fields. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, and Newark.
Non-practicing entities also known as patent trolls have been a common problem faced by many companies seeking business development and innovation through patentable technologies. More importantly, a recent distressing trend shows that more and more small developers and companies are being targeted by these trolls. These companies may be forced to pay disproportionately high settlements or damages to the trolls or close down because of the costly expenses associated with defense.
In November 2015, a legal analytics company reported a huge rise on patent lawsuits, with many of them filed by patent trolls. Last year’s spike was likely tied to several changes made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, most especially the elimination of Form 18. The form let plaintiffs file a patent lawsuit without naming the specific claims or product is infringed. Without Form 18, parties who sue for patent infringement will likely be required to provide more detailed contentions in the initial complaint.
While changes to patent law and practice may have turned the tables somewhat, innovators should still be cautious since a number of new cases were filed by patent trolls after the elimination of Form 18 on December 1, 2015. Their panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will help you better understand how patent trolls make their way through court battles and be able to strategize a winning defense against their deceptive tactics.
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