スーザン M. スパース
パートナー
Overview

スーザン M. スパースは、キルパトリック・タウンゼントのマネージング・パートナーです。専門は知的財産と複雑で技術的な訴訟で、特に特許訴訟、ライセンシング、助言が主な業務となっています。同氏は、様々な連邦地方裁判所、米国国際貿易委員会およびヨーロッパの特許訴訟において、バイオテクノロジー、医療機器およびハイテク企業の代理を務めてきました。

特許および複雑な技術関連の係争の訴訟の他、特許ポートフォリオ開発、特許侵害を判断するための製品分析、知的財産に関連する契約交渉、知的財産を活用するための戦略策定などでも、絶えず顧客を支援しています。

弁護士としてのキャリアの中では、複雑な商業訴訟において共同訴訟の被告であるBaxter Healthcare Corporationの代理を務め全員一致の陪審員評決を勝ち取ったり、被告であるPerclose, Incに有利な判決をもたらした重要なクレーム解釈を獲得、不正行為の申し立てにおいて特許権所有者のStarSight Telecastに有利な判決を得る、特許侵害とライセンシング訴訟でHyundaiの代理を務め成功を収めるなど、スピース氏は裁判弁護士として数々の成功を収めています。

スパース氏は、 キルパトリック・タウンゼントの執行委員会のメンバーです。2003年3月、San Jose Business Journal誌は 、Women in Business Breakfast(ビジネス・ウーマンの朝食会)で、スピース氏を「ビジネス界で最も影響力のある女性」のトップ50人のうちの一人として指名しました。さらに2003年4月には、San Francisco Business Times誌において、「ビジネス界で最も影響力のある女性100人」のうちの一人として紹介されました。2014年には、ライフサイエンスの分野においてThe International Who’s Who of Business Lawyersに選ばれました。また、2004年、2011年、2012年、2013年および2014年には、Super Lawyers誌で知的財産訴訟の分野においてカリフォルニア州北部の「スーパー弁護士」に選ばれました。また2013年、2014年、2015年には、知的財産訴訟分野のThe Best Lawyers in America® に選ばれました。スパース氏の名前は、ライフサイエンス分野の2013年版Chambers USA:America’s Leading Lawyers for Businessに掲載されています。

顧客のマイルストーン

複雑な商事訴訟において、共同訴訟の被告であるBaxter Healthcare Corporationのために全員一致の陪審員評決を確保。

被告であるPerclose, Incに有利な判決をもたらした、重要なクレーム解釈を獲得。

不正行為の申し立てにおいて、特許権所有者のStarSight Telecastに有利な判決を獲得。

特許侵害とライセンシング訴訟において、Hyundaiの代理として成功。

Experience Highlights

GE Healthcare UK Ltd. v. Beckman Coulter Inc. and Beckman Coulter Genomics Inc.

Represented defendant Beckman Coulter, a leader in the development and manufacture of complex biomedical testing products, in a patent infringement action involving alleged infringement of patents relating to nucleic acid isolation using magnetic beads. Case settled before trial.

GE Healthcare UK, Ltd. v. Beckman Coulter, Inc. and Beckman Coulter Genomics, Inc., No. 09-cv-974 (D. Del. filed 2009年12月18日).

Thorn EMI North America Inc. v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.

Represented Hyundai Electronics Industries, Co., Ltd., now known as SK hynix Inc., one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, in a patent infringement and breach of contract case involving memory semiconductors. The patent infringement portion of the case settled pursuant to a court-ordered mediation. Hyundai Electronics won the breach of contract case after a three-day bench trial.

Thorn EMI N. v. Hyundai Elecs., No. 94-0332 (D. Del. filed Jun. 17, 1994).

Genetics Institute Inc. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex commercial case and declaratory judgment patent lawsuit involving protein purification process. Matter settled.

Genetics Inst., Inc. v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., No. 98-10629 (D. Mass. filed Mar. 9, 1998).

Micron Technologies Inc. v. Hyundai Electronics Inc.

Defended Hyundai (now Hynix Semiconductor) against patent infringement charges by competitor Micron, which accused Hyundai of infringing its patents involving anisotropic etching plasma etching technology. We tried the case for four weeks, presenting compelling evidence of both invalidity and non-infringement. The case settled on very favorable terms for Hyundai just prior to the Administrative Law Judge issuing an Initial Determination.

Beckman Coulter v. Sequenom

Counsel for plaintiff Beckman in patent infringement action related to the detection of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping applications.

Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Represented Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving alleged infringement of a formulation patent relating to a blood clotting factor. The case was resolved through confidential arbitration.

Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., No.06-0636 (D. Del. filed Oct. 16, 2006).

In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization

Represented the complainant at the International Trade Commission against twenty-three respondents. The investigation is still pending. Obtained favorable settlements from 16 of the respondents, and demonstrated infringement of the patent by all other respondents at the hearing. In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization and Products Containing the Same, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-648.

Toshiba Corporation v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

Counsel for declaratory judgment defendant Hynix in patent lawsuit involving various memory chip technologies.

Solus Micro Technologies Inc. v. Calient Networks

Counsel for Calient Networks, an optical switching and transmission equipment manufacturer, in complex commercial arbitration involving optical switching devices.

Pharmacia and Upjohn AB v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Counsel for Baxter in complex commercial international arbitration involving purified blood proteins.

Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D. v. Applied Vascular Devices, and related cross-actions

Counsel for cross-defendant Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex commercial case involving embolectomy and dilatation catheters.

Bavarian Nordic v. Acambis

Counsel for intervenor and opposer Baxter in patent infringement lawsuit involving small pox vaccines and in related European Patent Office opposition proceeding.

Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. v. Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp.

Represented Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving intravenous immunoglobulins. Case settled on eve of trial. (Judge Sleet).

Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc. v. Baxter Int'l Inc., No. 1:05-cv-00349-GMS (D. Del. filed 2005年6月1日).

Baxter International Inc. v. Pharmacia & Upjohn AB

U.S. counsel for plaintiff Baxter in foreign patent lawsuits involving a protein purification process.

Kevin J. Williams and Talaria Therapeutics, Inc. v. University of British Columbia, Inex Pharmaceuticals Corp., Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., Michael J. Hope, and Wendi V. Rodrigueza

Counsel for defendants Inex, UBC and Dr. Hope in patent, contract and fraud lawsuit involving liposome compositions.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation v. Genetics Institute Inc.

Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex technical contract case involving recombinant blood proteins. Settled after trial.

Baxter Int'l, et al. v. Genetics Inst., No. 98-0702 (Del. Ch. filed Dec. 15, 1998).

Oxford Gene Technology Ltd. v. Telechem International Inc.

Represented Telechem International Inc., a provider of biochemistry-related products and services, in a patent infringement dispute involving oligonucleotide arrays. Case settled.

Oxford Gene Tech LTD v. Telechem Intl Inc., No. 1:04-cv-00013-KAJ (D. Del. filed Jan. 8, 2004).

PDL BioPharma Inc. v. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Counsel for patent owner PDL in ANDA patent lawsuit involving intravenous calcium channel blocker for treatment of hypertension.

ZymoGenetics Inc. v. Immunex Corp.

Counsel for ZymoGenetics in patent lawsuit involving fusion proteins. Matter settled.

ZymoGenetics Inc. 対 Immunex Corp., No. 2:02-cv-00561 (W.D. Wash. filed Mar. 7, 2002).

Prevue Interactive et al., v. Starsight Telecast Inc., and related counterclaims

Counsel for patentee in DJ action involving interactive television technology.

Oxford Gene Tech., Ltd v. Affymetrix Inc.

United States counsel for Affymetrix, Inc., a biotechnology research equipment manufacturer, in patent lawsuits involving polynucleotide sequences and arrays. Matter settled.

Oxford Gene Tech., Ltd v. Affymetrix, Inc., No. 1:99-cv-00348 (D. Del. filed Jun. 4, 1999).

SGS Thomson v. Hyundai Electronics Inc.

Represented Hyundai (now Hynix Semiconductor) as defendant in patent infringement dispute related to semiconductor processing patents. The case settled on favorable terms for Hyundai.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School(ペンシルバニア大学法科大学院)、法務博士(1989年)

Valparaiso University(バルパライソ大学)、理学士、 化学 (1985年)

Experience Highlights

GE Healthcare UK Ltd. v. Beckman Coulter Inc. and Beckman Coulter Genomics Inc.

Represented defendant Beckman Coulter, a leader in the development and manufacture of complex biomedical testing products, in a patent infringement action involving alleged infringement of patents relating to nucleic acid isolation using magnetic beads. Case settled before trial.

GE Healthcare UK, Ltd. v. Beckman Coulter, Inc. and Beckman Coulter Genomics, Inc., No. 09-cv-974 (D. Del. filed 2009年12月18日).

Thorn EMI North America Inc. v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.

Represented Hyundai Electronics Industries, Co., Ltd., now known as SK hynix Inc., one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, in a patent infringement and breach of contract case involving memory semiconductors. The patent infringement portion of the case settled pursuant to a court-ordered mediation. Hyundai Electronics won the breach of contract case after a three-day bench trial.

Thorn EMI N. v. Hyundai Elecs., No. 94-0332 (D. Del. filed Jun. 17, 1994).

Genetics Institute Inc. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex commercial case and declaratory judgment patent lawsuit involving protein purification process. Matter settled.

Genetics Inst., Inc. v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., No. 98-10629 (D. Mass. filed Mar. 9, 1998).

Micron Technologies Inc. v. Hyundai Electronics Inc.

Defended Hyundai (now Hynix Semiconductor) against patent infringement charges by competitor Micron, which accused Hyundai of infringing its patents involving anisotropic etching plasma etching technology. We tried the case for four weeks, presenting compelling evidence of both invalidity and non-infringement. The case settled on very favorable terms for Hyundai just prior to the Administrative Law Judge issuing an Initial Determination.

Beckman Coulter v. Sequenom

Counsel for plaintiff Beckman in patent infringement action related to the detection of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping applications.

Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Represented Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving alleged infringement of a formulation patent relating to a blood clotting factor. The case was resolved through confidential arbitration.

Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., No.06-0636 (D. Del. filed Oct. 16, 2006).

In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization

Represented the complainant at the International Trade Commission against twenty-three respondents. The investigation is still pending. Obtained favorable settlements from 16 of the respondents, and demonstrated infringement of the patent by all other respondents at the hearing. In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization and Products Containing the Same, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-648.

Toshiba Corporation v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

Counsel for declaratory judgment defendant Hynix in patent lawsuit involving various memory chip technologies.

Solus Micro Technologies Inc. v. Calient Networks

Counsel for Calient Networks, an optical switching and transmission equipment manufacturer, in complex commercial arbitration involving optical switching devices.

Pharmacia and Upjohn AB v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Counsel for Baxter in complex commercial international arbitration involving purified blood proteins.

Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D. v. Applied Vascular Devices, and related cross-actions

Counsel for cross-defendant Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex commercial case involving embolectomy and dilatation catheters.

Bavarian Nordic v. Acambis

Counsel for intervenor and opposer Baxter in patent infringement lawsuit involving small pox vaccines and in related European Patent Office opposition proceeding.

Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. v. Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp.

Represented Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving intravenous immunoglobulins. Case settled on eve of trial. (Judge Sleet).

Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc. v. Baxter Int'l Inc., No. 1:05-cv-00349-GMS (D. Del. filed 2005年6月1日).

Baxter International Inc. v. Pharmacia & Upjohn AB

U.S. counsel for plaintiff Baxter in foreign patent lawsuits involving a protein purification process.

Kevin J. Williams and Talaria Therapeutics, Inc. v. University of British Columbia, Inex Pharmaceuticals Corp., Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., Michael J. Hope, and Wendi V. Rodrigueza

Counsel for defendants Inex, UBC and Dr. Hope in patent, contract and fraud lawsuit involving liposome compositions.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation v. Genetics Institute Inc.

Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex technical contract case involving recombinant blood proteins. Settled after trial.

Baxter Int'l, et al. v. Genetics Inst., No. 98-0702 (Del. Ch. filed Dec. 15, 1998).

Oxford Gene Technology Ltd. v. Telechem International Inc.

Represented Telechem International Inc., a provider of biochemistry-related products and services, in a patent infringement dispute involving oligonucleotide arrays. Case settled.

Oxford Gene Tech LTD v. Telechem Intl Inc., No. 1:04-cv-00013-KAJ (D. Del. filed Jan. 8, 2004).

PDL BioPharma Inc. v. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Counsel for patent owner PDL in ANDA patent lawsuit involving intravenous calcium channel blocker for treatment of hypertension.

ZymoGenetics Inc. v. Immunex Corp.

Counsel for ZymoGenetics in patent lawsuit involving fusion proteins. Matter settled.

ZymoGenetics Inc. 対 Immunex Corp., No. 2:02-cv-00561 (W.D. Wash. filed Mar. 7, 2002).

Prevue Interactive et al., v. Starsight Telecast Inc., and related counterclaims

Counsel for patentee in DJ action involving interactive television technology.

Oxford Gene Tech., Ltd v. Affymetrix Inc.

United States counsel for Affymetrix, Inc., a biotechnology research equipment manufacturer, in patent lawsuits involving polynucleotide sequences and arrays. Matter settled.

Oxford Gene Tech., Ltd v. Affymetrix, Inc., No. 1:99-cv-00348 (D. Del. filed Jun. 4, 1999).

SGS Thomson v. Hyundai Electronics Inc.

Represented Hyundai (now Hynix Semiconductor) as defendant in patent infringement dispute related to semiconductor processing patents. The case settled on favorable terms for Hyundai.

Admissions

コロンビア特別区(1991年)

カリフォルニア州 (1989年)

Bar Admissions

米国特許商標局

連邦巡回区裁判所

Professional & Community Activities

San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court(サンフランシスコ・ベイエリア知的財産法曹学院)

College of Arts and Sciences National Council, Valparaiso University(文理学部米国評議会、バルパライソ大学)

American Heart Association Research Roundtable Luncheon Committee(米国心臓協会研究ラウンドテーブル・ランチョン委員会)