Michael T. Piery, Associate

Success Stories

$44.1 Million Verdict

Quarles & Brady obtained a $44.1 million patent infringement jury verdict on behalf of its clients Ultratec, Inc. and CapTel, Inc. against Sorenson Communications, Inc. and CaptionCall, LLC. after a seven day trial. In addition, the Q&B team invalidated CaptionCall LLC's U.S. Patent No. 8,379,801, which was asserted against Ultratec and CapTel. The case involved life-changing captioned telephone technology patented by Ultratec and CapTel that permits the deaf and hard-of-hearing to more effectively communicate with others. "Ultratec Wins $44.1M In IP Suit Over Close-Captioned Phones," IP Law360, November 3, 2014

Quarles Protects SMART BALANCE trademark from Heinz Opposition

When our client, GFA Brands, wanted to expand use of its SMART BALANCE trademark to include frozen entrees, H.J. Heinz Co., which makes Weight Watchers "SMART ONES" frozen meals, opposed GFA Brands' registrations. After a full trial and oral arguments before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Board agreed with arguments presented by Quarles and held that the trademarks were not confusingly similar and dismissed the opposition. This decision is a decisive win for our client and allows them to register the SMART BALANCE trademark in its expanded product offering into frozen entrees.

Patent Rights

Quarles & Brady successfully enforced the patent rights of its client, Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc., against one of its primary regional competitors in the snow and ice equipment industry. In a complete victory in the Western District of Wisconsin, the Q&B team obtained favorable summary judgment rulings on both validity and infringement of Monroe's patent on its innovative wing plow support posts, which offer a host of benefits to Monroe's municipal customers, including increasing the safety of their plow operators. Before proceeding to a jury trial on the amount of damages owed by the infringer, the parties reached a confidential settlement agreement. Click here to read more.