Eric C. Cohen

Special Counsel

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(984) 960-2860

Education

University of Miami School of Law

J.D. cum laude

Case Western Reserve University

B.S. Physics

Previous Experience

  • Brinks Gilson & Lione- Counsel
  •  Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP- Partner
  • Welsh & Katz, Ltd.- Partner

Bars & Courts

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • Admitted pro hac vice in other federal courts
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Reg. No. 27,429

Professional Experience

Eric C. Cohen handles disputes involving intellectual property matters in federal trial courts, federal courts of appeal, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Eric has represented plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement litigation, trade secret litigation, copyright litigation, and trademark litigation.  He has handled contested proceedings in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, as well as ex parte reexaminations, and trademark oppositions.  He has also prepared and prosecuted patent applications.

Representative Federal Appellate Court Decisions

  • A. Schulman, Inc. v. PolyOne Corp., 712 Fed. Appx 1007 (Fed. Cir. 2018). Represented appellant.
  • Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 859 F.3d 998 (Fed. Cir. 2017).  Counsel for one of the appellees on appeal.   
  • Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 848 F.3d 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2017).  Counsel for one of the appellees on appeal. 
  • SoftView LLC v. Kyocera Corp., 2015 WL 509660 (Fed. Cir. 2015). Argued appeal for one of the appellees.
  • Nazomi Comm., Inc. v. Microsoft Mobile Oy, 2014 WL 6678247 (Fed. Cir. 2014). Argued appeal for all appellees.
  • Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 2014 WL 6435042 (Fed. Cir. 2014). Represented one of the appellees.
  • Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc., 763 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2014). Very small contribution to brief in support of appellant on appeal.
  • Sanofi-Aventis v. Apotex Inc., 659 F.3d 1171 (Fed. Cir. 2011). Represented appellant.
  • Lucky Litter LLC v. International Trade Commission, 2010 WL 3937587 (Fed. Cir. 2010). Argued for appellant.
  • Sinorgchem Co. Shandong v. International Trade Commission, 511 F.3d 1132 (Fed. Cir. 2008). Contributed to brief of appellee.
  • Itofca, Inc. v. MegaTrans Logistics, Inc., 322 F.3d 928 (7th Cir. 2003). Argued for  appellant.
  • Bayer AG v. Biovail Corp., 279 F.3d 1340 (Fed. Cir. 2002). Represented appellee.
  • Biovail Corp. Int’l v. Andrx Pharms., Inc.¸ 239 F.3d 1297 (Fed. Cir. 2001). Argued appeal for appellant.
  • Itofca, Inc. v. Megatrans Logistics, Inc., 235 F.3d 360 (7th Cir. 2000). Argued appeal for appellant.
  • Mitel, Inc. v. Iqtel, Inc., 124 F.3d 1366 (10th Cir. 1997). Argued appeal for appellant.
  • Roboserve, Inc. v. Kato Kagaku Co., Ltd., 121 F.3d 1027 (7th Cir. 1997). Represented appellee.
  • Cardtoons, L.C. v. Major League Baseball Players Ass'n, 95 F.3d 959 (10th Cir. 1996). Co-counsel for Cardtoons.
  • Hard Rock Café Licensing Corp. v. Concession Services, Inc., 955 F.2d 1143 (7th Cir. 1992). Argued appeal for Appellee.
  • General Electric Company v. Speicher, 877 F.2d 531 (7th Cir. 1989). Argued appeal for appellant.
  • Mattel, Inc. v. Azrak-Hamway, 724 F.2d 357 (2d Cir. 1983). Represented appellant.
  • Midway Mfg. Co. v. Artic Int’l, Inc., 704 F2d 1009 (7th Cir. 1983). Argued for appellee.

Representative U.S. District Court Decisions

  • Secure Axcess LLC v. Trustmark National Bank, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182789 (E. D. Texas). Lead trial counsel for one of 17 bank defendants in patent infringement case involving encryption software.
  • A. Schulman v. PolyOne Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183377, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183379 (N.D. Ohio 2015). Lead trial counsel for Plaintiff in chemical patent case.
  • Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 37 F. Supp. 3d 731 (D. Del. 2014).  Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in pharmaceutical patent case. 
  • SoftView LLC v. Kyocera Corp., 10-cv-389, 12-cv-989-LPS, (D. Del.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in patent infringement action involving Android smartphones. 
  • Nazomi Communications, Inc. v. Samsung Telecommunications, Inc. et al., 5:10-cv-5545 (N.D. Cal.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants. Argued claim construction and motions for summary judgment of non-infringement for all defendants accused of infringing patent covering method of processing Java instructions.
  • ADC Tech, Inc. v. Kyocera Comm. Inc., 1:12-cv-6418, 1:10-cv-3938 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for defendant.
  • e.Digital Corp. v. Pentax of America, Inc. et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69406 (D. Col.). Lead trial counsel for three of 30 defendants in patent infringement action. Argued claim construction on behalf of all defendants.
  • Chemtura Corp. v. Albemarle Corp., 3:09-cv-447 (E.D. Va.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving chemical process and products.
  • Facilitec USA, Inc. v. Dunnwell, LLC, 1:09-cv-725 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for defendant in patent infringement case involving rooftop grease containment system.
  • Warner Chilcott Co. v. Sun Pharma Global FZE, 1:09-cv-627, 1:09-cv-61 (D. Del.). Lead trial counsel for one of four defendants in patent infringement case involving method of treating osteoporosis. Court granted summary judgment of invalidity.
  • Sanofi Aventis v. Sun Pharmaceutical Indus., Ltd., 1:08-md-1941 (D.Del.). Lead trial counsel for one of several defendants in multidistrict litigation involving patent covering extended release drug formulation.
  • Ware v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS  (N.D. Ga.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in a patent infringement case involving point of sale system.
  • Linex Tech., Inc. v. BelAir Networks Inc. et al., 2:07-cv-223 (E.D. Tex.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in the lawsuit.
  • Applica Consumer Products, Inc. v. Dosckocil Mfg. Co. Inc. et al., 2:07-cv-73 (E.D. Tex.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in the lawsuit.
  • Card Activation Tech., Inc. v. Aeropostale, Inc. et al. 1:07-cv-1230 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in patent infringement case involving point-of-sale system.
  • Suncast Corp. v. Ames True Temper, Inc., 1:06-cv-2578 (N.D. Ill.). Represented defendant in patent infringement action involving lawn equipment.
  • Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd. v. Flexsys America LP et al., No. 06-CV-2535 (C.D. Cal. 2006). Represented defendant in antitrust action.

View More U.S. District Court Decisions

  • Flexsys America Inc. v. Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. et al. 5:05-cv-156 (N.D. Ohio). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving chemical process.
  • Biovail Laboratories, Inc. v. Anchen Pharm., Inc., 8:4-cv-1468 (C.D. Cal.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving extended release formulation of anti-depressant drug.
  • Biovail Laboratories v. KV Pharmaceutical Co., 4:03-cv-00541 (E.D. Mo.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in case involving patent on drug formulation.
  • Biovail Laboratories, Inc. v. Torpharm, Inc., 2-02-cv-07119 (E.D. Pa.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in case involving patent on extended release form of drug to treat heart disease.
  • Biovail Lab Inc v. Apotex Inc, et al., 1:01-cv-09008 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in case involving patent on extended release form of drug to treat heart disease.
  • Novartis Corp., et al v. Biovail Labs, Inc., et al, 3:01-cv-01442 (D.P.R.). Lead trial counsel for defendant in case involving patent on drug.
  • Biovail Laboratories v. Andrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 01-cv-06548 (S.D. Fla.). Represented plaintiff in antitrust case involving extended release form of heart treatment drug.
  • 3M Company v. Manufacturera 3M S.A. de C.V., No. 01-8417 (S.D. Fla.). Lead counsel for defendant in trademark infringement action.
  • Finnsugar v. Monitor Sugar Co., 00-cv-10381 (E.D. Mich.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving chromatographic separation process.
  • Bayer AG, et al v. Biovail Corporation, 00-cv-00128 (N.D. Ga.). Represented defendant in patent infringement case involving extended release form of heart treatment drug.
  • Starbucks Corp. v. Necta Sweet, Inc., 00-cv-1977 (W.D. Wash.). Lead trial counsel for defendant in trademark infringement case.
  • Biovail Corporation, et al v. Andrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 98-cv-07096 (S.D. Fla.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving extended form of heart treatment drug.
  • Finnsugar Bioprod. v. Amalgamated Sugar Co, 1:97-cv-08746 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement case involving chromatographic separation product.
  • Long-Airdox Co. v. Stamler Corporation, No. 2:97 CV 66 (E.D. Tenn.). Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement action involving mining equipment.
  • John Crane v. Durametallic Corporation, 95-cv-2840 (N.D. Ill.). Represented defendant in patent infringement action.
  • Implant Innovations v. Nobelpharma AB, No. 93 C 7489 (N.D. Ill.). Represented defendant in plaintiff’s antitrust action and cross claims for patent infringement involving angled abutments for dental implants. 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13804 (N.D. Ill. 1995). 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15794 (N.D. Ill. 1998).
  • Jason, Inc. v. Youhan Electronics, Co. Ltd., No. 95-C-0345 (E.D. Wis.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement action against Korean manufacturer who was making patented parts for videocassettes.
  • Louisville Bedding Company v. Perfect Fit Industries, Inc., No. C-94-0244L(S) (W.D. Kentucky, filed April 12, 1994), and Louisville Bedding Company v. Hollander Home Fashions Corp., No. 3:94-CV-0703-D (N.D. Texas, filed April 12, 1994). Represented plaintiff in patent infringement case. 
  • N. Amer Philips Corp, et al v. Amer. Vending Sales, et al., 1:93-cv-03261 (N.D. Ill.). Lead trial counsel for one of several defendants in patent infringement action involving video games.
  • Wallace Computer Servs. v. Adams Business Forms, 837 F. Supp. 1413 (N.D. Ill. 1993). Represented defendant in copyright infringement action.
  • Hard Rock Cafe v. Hite, 91-cv-101 (D. Hawaii). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in trademark infringement action.
  • Hard Rock Cafe Licensing Corp. v. Pacific Graphics, 776 F. Supp. 1454 (W.D. Wash. 1991). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff.
  • Conan Properties, Inc. v. Mattel, Inc., 712 F. Supp. 353 (S.D.N.Y. 1989), motion for reconsideration granted in part, 1990 US Dist. LEXIS 16481 (1990). Lead trial counsel for defendant in copyright infringement, breach of contract and fraud case.
  • General Electric v. R Squared Scan Systems, Inc., 87-cv-249 (M.D.N.C.). Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in copyright infringement action involving service software for medical equipment against service competitor.
  • General Electric Company v. W.M. Smith, (D. Oklahoma 1987). Trial counsel for GE in trade secret case tried to a jury in Tulsa Oklahoma for six weeks.  
  • General Electric Company v. Sannet (C.D. Cal. 1984). Lead trial counsel for GE in trademark counterfeiting case.
  • Bally Midway Mfg. Co. v. American Postage Mach., No. 82 C 2700 (E.D. N.Y. 1983). Trial counsel for plaintiff in two-week jury trial in copyright infringement action.
  • Williams Elects. Inc. v. Bally Mfg. Corp., 1983 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15569 (N.D. Ill. 1983). Lead trial counsel for defendant in copyright infringement action.
  • Midway Mfg. Co. v. Strohon, 564 F. Supp. 741 (N.D. Ill. 1983). Lead counsel for plaintiff. Lanham Act violation involving modified video games.
  • Midway Mfg. Co. v. Artic International, Inc., 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16881, 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13816, 547 F. Supp. 999 (N.D. Ill. 1981). Lead counsel for plaintiff in copyright infringement action involving computer programs in circuit boards for video games.
  • Midway Mfg. Co. v. Dirkschneider, 543 F. Supp. 466 (D. Neb. 1981). Represented plaintiff in copyright infringement case involving software for video game.
  • Cyclonaire Corp. v. United States Systems, Inc., 1980 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16659 (D. Kan. 1980). Represented plaintiff.
  • Numerous anticounterfeiting copyright and trademark litigation for Bally Midway company in 1980s.
  • Numerous anticounterfeiting copyright and trademark litigation for the Walt Disney company in 1990s.

Representative U.S. International Trade Commission Investigations

  • Short Wavelength Light Emitting Diodes, Laser Diodes and Products Containing Same, 337-TA-640 (USITC). Lead counsel for Respondent Sanyo. The case was settled very early on terms extremely favorable to our client.
  • In the Matter of Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes and Components Thereof, 337-TA-625 (USITC 2007). Lead counsel for one of the defendants in patent infringement action involving automated litter box. Obtained holding of non-infringement on all but one asserted claims. Client designed around the only claim found infringed. Anticipating the decision, our client modified the accused product.  After the exclusion order issued, Customs did not exclude any of our client's modified products from importation. The infringement decision was later overturned on appeal.
  • In the Matter of Certain Rubber Antidegradants and Components Thereof, 337-TA-533 (USiTC 2005). Lead counsel for Complainant in patent infringement action involving infringement of claims for chemical process for making rubber antidegradants. The Commission found infringement and issued a limited exclusion order.

Representative U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Contested Proceedings 

  • Bank of the West et al. v. Secure Axcess LLC, CBM2015-00009 (PTAB, filed October 8, 2015).
  • Kyocera Corp. v. SoftView, LLC, IPR2013-00004 (PTAB, March 27, 2014). PTAB issued final written decision invalidating all asserted claims.
  • Kyocera Corp. v. SoftView, LLC, IPR2013-00007 (PTAB, March 27, 2014). PTAB issued final written decision invalidating all asserted claims.
  • Numerous reexamination proceedings on behalf of patent owners and on behalf of requesters.

Representative Presentations and Publications

  • “Patent Litigation Trends—The Effects of PTAB Proceedings, Rules Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions,” Panelist, IPO Plenary Session, IPO Annual Meeting September 12, 2016
  • "New Rules of Civil Procedure: Patent Litigation Best Practices," Panelist, IPO Webinar, IP Chat Channel, November 3, 2015
  • "Best Practices in Patent Cases in View of Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Recent Supreme Court Authority, and Proposed Patent Reform Legislation," Panelist, IPO Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 28, 2015
  • "What’s the Evidence: Will Fee-Shifting Help or Hurt Effective Patent Litigation?," Speaker, NYU Law School, New York, New York,March 2, 2015
  • "Have the Supreme Court's Octane and Highmark Decisions Obviated The Need For Legislative Changes to Section 285?," Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, January 15, 2015
  • "The Impact of Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on Discovery in Patent Infringement Cases," Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, November 7, 2014
  • "Hot Issues in Damages Litigation: The Entire Market Value Rule, Apportionment and More," Panelist, 16th Annual Bench & Bar Conference, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Asheville, North Carolina, June 20, 2014
  • "Octane and Highmark – Do the Supreme Court's Decisions Obviate the Need for Legislative Changes to Section 285?," Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, May 8, 2014
  • "Proposed Changes in Discovery Rules," Speaker, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, March 27, 2014
  • "Would Heightened Pleading Requirements for Patent Infringement Cases Reduce Costs?," Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, February 21, 2014
  • "Motions for Joinder," ,Speaker, Bloomberg BNA AIA Post-Grant Patent Practice Conference, Arlington, VA, February 20, 2014
  • "Are Patent Assertion Entities Responsible for the Rise in Patent Suits?," Moderator, Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, February 6, 2014
  • "Legal Issues Surrounding Genetic Information Research and Development – Pharmaceutical Issues and Biotechnology; IP Licensing; and Antitrust & Competition Committees," Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, September 12, 2011
  • "The Impact of Post-KSR Court Decisions and PTO Guidelines on Obviousness Issues," IPO, Speaker Washington, DC, November 9, 2007
  • Eric Cohen, A primer on Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method Review, and Post Grant Review Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, 24 Fed. Cir. B.J. 1 (2014), cited in Ultratec, Inv. v. CaptionCall, LLC , 872 F.3d 1267, 1270, n.2. (Fed. Cir. 2017)
  • Client Alert:  Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, 2017-1118 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - The Application of the Fair Use Doctrine to Copyrighted Software

Awards and Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine

Bar Association Leadership Positions

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Vice Chair U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee (2017-2019)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association Board of Directors (2014-2018)