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Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

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Managing Partner: Kerry L. Timbers
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 23 lawyers and two technology specialists
Languages: English, Italian

Firm Overview:
Skilled Advocacy. Technological insight. Strategic advantage.

Based in Boston since 1979, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP has had an outstanding record of important wins for technology and life sciences clients through litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property portfolio development and business transactions. The firm emphasizes early identification of business goals and strategic planning to achieve them.

Professionals at the firm have a long track record of success in protecting and enforcing clients’ patent, trademark, copyright and other IP-related assets. Professionals rely upon their technical and intellectual property knowledge in combination with business acumen and well-honed litigation skills to handle complex and demanding legal assignments. Whether the project is challenging litigation, a complex business transaction or sophisticated patent prosecution, attorneys draw upon multi-disciplinary experience to achieve clients’ objectives. Thus, the firm’s patent and trademark lawyers have experience in business matters and scientific and technical research, as well as patent and trademark prosecution. Litigators bring to bear experience across a wide spectrum of technologies and deep understanding of intellectual property law, with skilled courtroom advocacy. This breadth of experience enhances the firm’s ability to assist clients in developing strategies for the protection of their technology. Attorneys, many of whom have advanced degrees in challenging scientific disciplines, are comfortable working in the most sophisticated and advanced areas of science and technology. Representation by attorneys has enabled many of their clients to establish dominant intellectual property positions in their markets.

Main Areas of Practice:
IP Litigation: Aggressive representation in high-stakes intellectual property litigation is a hallmark of the firm’s trial practice. Litigators have handled significant cases in courts throughout the United States and have achieved superior results by carefully tailoring litigation strategy to clients’ business objectives and to the requirements of the case. The efforts of the firm’s trial lawyers have enforced important intellectual property rights in key markets, produced multi-million dollar recoveries, and secured emergency injunctive relief. By combining strong trial experience and sophisticated technical and patent expertise on the same litigation team, attorneys provide highly effective representation in the most challenging of patent infringement cases. Litigators pay careful attention to clients’ business goals, and provide counsel on litigation avoidance and control, risk management and dispute resolution.
Chair: Lisa M. Tittemore
Email: [email protected]

Patent & Trademark Prosecution:
Attorneys work strategically in building intellectual property portfolios for a wide range of clients. They prosecute patent and trademark applications in the United States and, working with network of foreign associates, extensively in Europe and Japan, and throughout the world. Attorneys are regularly involved in the licensing of patents, trademarks, and copyrights and related trade secrets and know-how. Technologies in which the firm has extensive experience include data communications and networking, computer hardware and software, electronic circuits and systems, electro-mechanical and microprocessorcontrolled devices, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biomedical devices, video, optics and imaging, x-ray systems, metallurgy, ceramics, magnetic recording, fluid control systems, and mechanical devices.
Founder: Bruce D. Sunstein
Email: [email protected]

Patent Co-Chairs:

Timothy M. Murphy
Email: [email protected]
Kathryn Noll
Email: [email protected]

Trademark Chair: Steven A. Abreu
Email: [email protected]

Business Transactions:
Attorneys regularly handle a wide range of transactions involving technology-based companies and are accustomed to dealing with the special problems of forming and financing new business ventures. The firm also represents businesses in the full range of legal matters a company may encounter as it grows, including protection and licensing of its technology under the patent, trade secret, and copyright laws; selection, licensing, and protection of its trademarks; contracts with employees, customers and others; public and private offerings; labor, employment and benefit issues; securities law compliance; business acquisitions; and antitrust compliance.
Chair: Thomas C. Carey
Email: [email protected]

The firm represents clients located throughout the United States and abroad, including public and private companies, major academic and research institutions, government agencies, and individuals. Clients represent a broad range of key industries. Thus, attorneys serve emerging and established companies in a wide range of technology-based enterprises, including telecommunications, electronics, computer hardware and software, network systems, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, media, finance, health care, education, insurance, advertising, publishing, and entertainment. Individual clients include inventors, artists, and authors who have an interest in protecting and commercializing their creative efforts. Regardless of a client’s size, business, or location, the services provides are individually fashioned to meet each client’s specific needs and wishes. The firm and its attorneys are aware of clients’ concerns for efficiency and economy and make every effort to keep costs down consistent with proper representation.

Key Clients:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, The Charles Draper Laboratory, Inc., Intergraph Corporation, Haemonetics Corporation.