Stephen J. Gardner, Partner

Success Stories

Beating the Spread

When a university client and its exclusive licensee discovered that their patented invention was being used to make numerous retail food products, Quarles & Brady undertook a successful enforcement and licensing program on their behalf against over a dozen companies. The patented invention dealt with healthy, balanced blends of fatty acids used in retail baked goods and margarines. Quarles & Brady developed a program of testing potentially infringing products, then either approaching infringers with a license offer or filing suit for patent infringement. The targets included several multi-national corporations and direct competitors of our clients. In the litigations, the Quarles & Brady team obtained a favorable claim construction order, leading to favorable resolutions for our clients.

$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