Brian L. Saunders

Associate

Philadelphia
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Overview

Brian Saunders is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on intellectual property acquisition, protection and enforcement. He has concentrated experience in patent litigation and counseling, as well as assisting his clients with acquiring and evaluating patent rights relating to complex electrical and mechanical technologies. Brian’s litigation experience comprises intellectual property and unfair competition disputes, with a particular emphasis on patent and antitrust litigation. He has litigated disputes from the pleadings stage to trial in Federal District Courts across the country as well as on appeals before various Federal Courts of Appeals. Brian also has extensive experience with post-grant patent proceedings such as inter partes reviews and ex parte reexaminations, and he has successfully challenged and defended patent validity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As a former product development engineer at two multinational medical device companies, Brian brings a unique technical and business perspective to his legal practice. He frequently draws upon his technical experience as an engineer/inventor to address and anticipate the intellectual property and business needs of his clients.

Select Experience

  • Provides ongoing IP strategy and protection services for a large manufacturing corporation that designs, develops and manufactures plumbing technologies.
  • Representing plaintiff shopping center in ongoing federal antitrust litigation, as well as various Pennsylvania state court litigations.
  • Defending a fitness products manufacturing company against multiple patent infringement litigations brought by patent assertion plaintiffs in various federal district courts.
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Experience

  • Provides ongoing IP strategy and protection services for a large manufacturing corporation that designs, develops and manufactures plumbing technologies.
  • Representing plaintiff shopping center in ongoing federal antitrust litigation, as well as various Pennsylvania state court litigations.
  • Defending a fitness products manufacturing company against multiple patent infringement litigations brought by patent assertion plaintiffs in various federal district courts.
  • Defended a multinational HVAC manufacturer in a patent infringement matter, involving cooling towers, against an industry competitor. After a  two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict that certain claims of the asserted patent were invalid and others were not infringed, resulting in a complete win for the client.
  • Managed and developed the global patent portfolio of a multinational medical device company.
  • Provides ongoing intellectual property and technology-related business strategy to small inventors and large corporations in a wide array of technologies including medical devices, mechanical devices, plumbing technologies, apparel, building materials, packaging, cellular phone technologies, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and therapeutics.
  • Represented an industrial chemical manufacturing company in a patent licensing dispute, which culminated in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Defended a large GPS company against three concurrent patent infringement litigations in the Eastern District of Texas, involving speed warning devices, LCD display technologies and data tracking. Filed a petition for inter partes review in one case to gain significant settlement leverage. All three cases culminated in very favorable licensing settlement agreements for the client.
  • Defended a large telecommunications corporation in a patent infringement litigation in the District of Delaware involving internet connectivity protocols.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Animal Legal Defense Fund: "ALDF Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award" on behalf on BakerHostetler (2015)
  • ABA/Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law (2013)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)
  • Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Filed a federal lawsuit against a roadside zoo on behalf of Pennsylvania citizens for the alleged “taking” and solitary confinement of two endangered species, and for the inhumane captivity of a large number of zoo animals in small concrete and chain-link enclosures. The case settled favorably with all animals being rehomed in appropriate sanctuaries with ample space to roam in the much-needed company of their respective co-species.
  • Worked with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, acting as lead counsel in a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania business owner who inhumanely kept a female black bear in a concrete and chain-link fence enclosure on his property for more than 18 years. The case culminated in a settlement and the transfer of the bear to a sprawling wildlife sanctuary in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Assisted in the preparation of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States, appealing the lower court’s dismissal on summary judgment of a lawsuit centered around claims that a school district systematically discriminated against African-American students by disproportionately and inappropriately placing them in special education programs and the lowest level classes.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 72,451
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2013
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2010
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2010, cum laude, with honors and distinction

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
High Court Relaxes Standards for Enhanced Damages in District Court Patent Litigation
By Brian L. Saunders
June 16, 2016
On June 13, 2016, in a much-anticipated joint holding in Halo/Stryker, [1] the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Federal Circuit’s rigid test for willful infringement under Seagate and conferred discretion on district courts...
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