1969 1973 1974 1982 1983 1984 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1995 1998 2000 2003 2005 2006 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1969Founded in Newark, New Jersey Larry Lerner, Sid David and Joe Littenberg founded the original law firm, Lerner, David & Littenberg, in Newark, New Jersey. 1973Firm MovesLerner David Littenberg moves to Westfield, New Jersey. 1974The L.A.S.E.R.Lerner David represents Gordon Gould in numerous PTO and court proceedings through 1987, obtaining patents on four ground-breaking inventions in laser technology based on his 1959 patent application. The page from Gould’s original notebook in which he coined the acronym L.A.S.E.R. has been displayed in the Smithsonian Institute, and Lerner David’s role was chronicled in "Laser: The Inventor, The Noble Laureate, And The Thirty-Year Patent War" by Nick Taylor (Simon & Schuster, 2000). 1982Early Federal Circuit Appearance Established in 1982 to provide patent expertise for litigants, Lerner David was among the very first to file and successfully argue an appeal representing Elizabeth, NJ giant Thomas & Betts against Litton Systems concerning electrical connector technology. 1983Firm Changes Name and Moves to Bigger SpaceLerner David Littenberg becomes Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik and moves to 600 South Ave West in Westfield, NJ — its home for the next 37 years. 1984Enforcement and Licensing of Tremolo TechnologyLerner David takes over enforcement of the Floyd Rose patent portfolio covering his revolutionary technology in guitar tremolos. With Lerner David’s efforts, obtaining other significant patents for Rose around the world, a patent license to Rose’s self-locking tremolo resulted in over $30 million in royalties. 1987Van Halen Guitar Patent Lerner David obtained a patent for Van Halen guitarist Edward Van Halen. 1988June 1988Overcomes Genericness Ruling at the TTAB to Secure Registration of LA YOGURTInitially refused by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) as generic because it was read to mean "the yogurt," Lerner David marshalled substantial evidence and presented arguments to the contrary. On a second appeal, the TTAB took the extraordinary step of hearing the appeal en banc before all eight members, and held the mark LA YOGURT entitled to registration on the Principal Register, where it remains to this day. November 1988Medical MRI Technology Lerner David obtained for Raymond Damadian and his company, Fonar Corporation, U.S. Patent No. 4,871,966, for a major breakthrough in the development of modern MRI imaging. Dr. Damadian’s first full-body MRI scanner — which he named "Indomitable" — was displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. 1989Expertise in Pharma/Hatch-Waxman Litigation BeginsLerner David represents Zenith Laboratories, settles a suit brought by Bristol-Myers Squibb asserting infringement of Bristol’s patent on Duracef® (cefadroxil), and then later sues Bristol to obtain a declaratory judgment that Zenith’s generic version of cefadroxil does not infringe Bristol’s patent. After initially losing at the district court, Lerner David prevails at the Fed. Cir., clearing the path for a generic cefadroxil product to be brought to market. 1990Protects Trade Dress of Iconic DOVE LampLerner David succeeds in a very early case involving trade dress in a product shape to protect the iconic DOVE lamp against a “knockoff” imported lamp. Two years later, Lerner David obtains a preliminary injunction and then final judgment against a modified copy. 1991Two Jury Verdicts in Favor of Stryker In 1991, Lerner David began its almost 30 year relationship with medical device giant Stryker Corporation, securing two separate jury verdicts in a hip implant patent case and in a knee implant patent case. Over those years, Lerner David has counseled numerous Stryker divisions in all aspects of IP from procurement, licensing, M&A transactions and litigation. 1995Defeats Motion for Preliminary InjunctionIn one of the earliest cases brought under "The Process Patents Amendment Act," Lerner David defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by Eli Lilly against Zenith Laboratories in Lilly’s hometown of Indianapolis, clearing the way for Zenith to market a generic version of Lilly’s blockbuster drug Ceclor® (cefaclor). The decision was later affirmed by the Federal Circuit. 1998Obtains Verdict Protecting Patent/Trade Dress of Banquet ChairsLerner David secures a verdict protecting the patented bumper edge and the trade dress on the overall look of Gasser Chair Company’s banquet chairs. This $15 million verdict and injunction is upheld by the Federal Circuit. 2000Making Cancer Drug Available to the PublicLerner David obtained summary judgment that Bristol-Myers Squibb’s patents on the cancer drug paclitaxel (sold as TAXOL®) were invalid. The ultimate result was to make less expensive, generic versions of Taxol® available to the public. 2003Fends off Preliminary Injunction and Obtains Summary JudgementLerner David wins summary judgment for its client’s slogan, “Florida’s Most Convenient Bank,” does not infringe the slogan, “America’s Most Convenient Bank,” used by Commerce Bank (now TD Bank).” 2005Defeats TRO to Successfully Launch New Timberland Shoe LineThe Northern District of California agreed with our arguments at an emergent oral hearing, ruling that plaintiff failed to demonstrate a strong likelihood of success on the merits and the requisite irreparable harm for a Temporary Restraining Order against the launch of Timberland’s new MION footwear brand. This allowed Timberland to proceed with its nationwide launch of MION footwear. 2006Favorable Verdict for Stryker’s External Fixation SystemLerner David secured a jury verdict for infringement by Synthes (now a Johnson & Johnson Company) of a Stryker patent directed to a component of the Hoffmann® clamping system for bone fracture fixation. 2007Leads Sony to Successful Settlement in Historic 58 Patent Litigation Following a strong Markman hearing involving 27 digital camera patents, Lerner David concluded simultaneous litigation involving a total of 58 patents against the Eastman Kodak Company with favorable settlement. 2010Opens Office in Guangzhou, ChinaLerner David becomes the first American intellectual property law firm located in the Pearl River Delta — the most economically dynamic region of China. 2011Securing Aerospace Patent RightsLerner David continues to secure patents for Airbus, including U.S. Patent No. 8,025,253 entitled to a commercial aircraft with a main deck and a lower deck. 2012September 2012Stryker's GET AROUND KNEE Lerner David swiftly stops Wright Medical from infringing Stryker’s GET AROUND KNEE trademark.November 2012One Of the First IPRs To Proceed To Oral Hearing on behalf of St. Jude Medical (now Abbott)In one of the first Inter Partes Review ("IPR") to go to an oral hearing before the PTAB, the PTAB ruled in favor of Lerner David's client, St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), invalidating claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,756,775 owned by the University of Michigan, directed to a method of making calcification-resistant bioprosthetic tissue. 2013April 2013Obtains a Knock-Out Verdict in Three Week Jury Trial Avoiding almost $100 million in purported damages, Lerner David obtained a complete win in which the jury found that Sony's PlayStation3 consoles and Blu-ray players did not infringe a single claim of four patents asserted by TV Interactive Data Corporation and that all asserted claims were invalid.October 2013Opens Office in Tokyo, JapanExpanding its presence in Asia, Lerner David establishes Japanese office to counsel on U.S. IP. 2014IPR Institution Blocked on behalf of LG Chem Lerner David won a complete victory for LG Chem by successfully blocking Ube Maxwell's attempt to institute an IPR, preserving LG Chem's U.S. Patent No. 7,709,152 directed to a battery separator. 2015New LookLerner David launches a new logo. 2016Top 10Lerner David is ranked for having one of the top 10 highest allowance rates in TC 2100 (computer and software related inventions), TC 1700 (chemical and material engineering related inventions) and TC 3700 (medical instruments, machine and manufacturing devices related inventions) by Juristat in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. 2017Successful Defense Against a Preliminary Injunction Motion for Trade Dress On behalf of clients Bed Bath & Beyond and Harmon Stores, Lerner David prevailed in having a preliminary injunction motion for trade dress infringement denied. Following a hearing, it was found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the trade dresses of the subject products and that the plaintiff had not raised sufficiently serious questions going to the merits to make them a fair ground for litigation. 2018February 2018Prevails in Two IPRs To Invalidate OxyContin® PatentIn companion IPRs, the PTAB issued Final Written Decisions in favor of Lerner David clients Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Kashiv Pharma finding unpatentable the asserted claim of U.S. Patent No. 9,060,976, listed in the Orange Book for OxyContin®, the blockbuster opioid analgesic marketed by Purdue Pharma. June 2018Litigation Department of the Year Award for the 4th TimeLerner David is named Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal. 2019The Next 50 Years - The Best Is Yet To ComeIn its 51st year, Lerner David moved to its modernized offices at 20 Commerce Drive, Cranford, NJ. 2020Law Firm of the Year Lerner David is a Finalist for the Law Firm of the Year honor and a Winner of the Litigation Department of the Year honor for the 5th time by the NJLJ Professional Excellence Awards 2020. Kelly Hwang has received the Mentor honor and Natalie Richer has received the Unsung Hero honor. The managing partner, Keith Gilman, has received the Dealmaker honor in addition to being named Trailblazer of the year.