Sulzer & Green PLLC Launches With Aggressive Pricing for Intellectual Property and Antitrust Services

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Sulzer & Green PLLC is pleased to announce its formation and immediate commencement of operations. The firm will provide sophisticated legal representation in patent, antitrust, and business litigation, and Intellectual Property-related services such as patent prosecution, at rates that make economic sense to clients and provide an attractive alternative to Big Law.

Sulzer & Green PLLC

Sulzer & Green PLLC has been formed to provide sophisticated Intellectual Property and antitrust-related legal services at rates that make economic sense to clients.

Sulzer & Green PLLC announces its formation and immediate commencement of operations. The firm will provide sophisticated legal representation in patent, antitrust, and business litigation, and Intellectual Property-related services such as patent prosecution. For decades, clients who litigate in the federal courts or before the International Trade Commission, or seek to patent inventions, have seen legal fees spiral out of control. Big Law’s margins have put important legal services beyond the reach of many small and mid-sized clients, and has inflated larger clients’ IP-related legal costs to unsustainable levels. Sulzer & Green PLLC has been formed to provide these services at rates that make economic sense to clients and provide an attractive alternative to Big Law.

Scope of Practice

Patent Litigation ― The firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in trials and appeals in patent litigation, in the federal district courts nationwide, before the Federal Circuit, and in the Supreme Court. It brings technical strength to bear in the mechanical and electrical arts and also handles chemical matters. The firm has significant experience representing complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”). The firm's members have a track record of success in their clients’ most important patent litigations, including significant victories in bet-the-company disputes.

Patent Prosecution and Opinions ― The firm represents large and small entities in connection with proceedings conducted in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including patent application preparation and prosecution, as well as in adversary proceedings such as reexaminations and Covered Business Method proceedings for patentees or their adversaries. Its members have a wealth of experience related to computer and communication technologies (including wired, wireless, and Internet-related technologies), and encompassing on-line auctions, supply chain networks, and cryptographic protection. The firm's experience also includes avionics (communications equipment and airborne lightning detection and mapping) and medical devices such as X-Ray and CT scanning equipment.

Antitrust Litigation ― The firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust disputes in the courts and before the International Trade Commission, including trials and appeals. Its antitrust practice encompasses a broad range of product and service industries, including gasoline, laser control systems, optical discs, photocopiers, pharmaceutical packaging, and sports governing bodies and standard-setting organizations. Some of the firm's cases originate in patent disputes, and others are free-standing, non-IP related antitrust disputes.

Unfair Competition and General Business Disputes ― The firm also handles unfair competition and general business disputes, including the usual panoply of business torts and breach of contract matters, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

Litigation Audits ― The firm is available to audit ongoing and terminated litigations to determine whether a litigation has been handled well or poorly and whether the fees and expenses charged to the client make sense.

Veterans Affairs and Section 1983 Litigation ― The firm is expanding its practice beyond its roots in IP and business-related litigation to include veterans affairs and Section 1983 actions addressing infringements on clients’ constitutional rights.

Alternative Dispute Resolution ― The firm is experienced in arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, with a track record of success on behalf of its clients.

The Firm's Members

Stephen L. Sulzer

Mr. Sulzer represents clients in a variety of areas, including patent, antitrust, and unfair competition litigation and counseling. For three decades, he has been trial counsel in numerous federal court and ITC proceedings, including several of the ITC’s most significant Section 337 investigations. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Sulzer was also selected by American Lawyer Media as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property and as one of Washington DC & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Sulzer is also recognized internationally as an expert in patent licensing and licensing-related antitrust issues. For more than a decade, he taught a graduate-level class on licensing and related antitrust and misuse concerns for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Mr. Sulzer is often called upon to take over matters in which other lawyers were unable to obtain the client’s desired results, and he has a long track record of success in the federal courts and before the ITC.

Mr. Sulzer’s practice involves diverse technologies, including B2B electronic clearinghouse systems, e-commerce and data encryption, computer network security systems, Internet convergence technology, a wide range of automotive components (e.g., fuel system, vehicle interior, frame reinforcement, and passive restraint system components), industrial laser control systems, robotics, machine tools, medical devices, wireless computer gaming devices, optical disc technology, color electronic pre-press computer and imaging equipment, security system control software, satellite technology, pharmaceuticals, power generation equipment, packaging for pharmaceutical, food, and other consumer products, and paper products. He also has significant experience litigating U.S. design patents.

Mr. Sulzer obtained his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1980 and was on the Emory Law Journal's Board of Editors. He obtained a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1977.

Stanley B. Green

Mr. Green represents clients in proceedings conducted in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, both clients seeking patent protection as well as clients seeking to limit or invalidate patents asserted against them. Mr. Green also provides advice and counseling concerning patent enforcement both on behalf of patent owners as well as their competitors. He has represented clients ranging in size from 6 person start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Green has represented clients in computer technology for more than 40 years, from the Eniac (the world’s first electronic digital computer) to IBM’s Blue Gene, with work on PCs and similar technology in between. He has been protecting software with patents since the mid-1970s.

Mr. Green has also represented clients in satellite and cellular communications, including telephony applications, as well as POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service). His work in these areas spans the spectrum from selecting inventions to protect, to preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and litigating communication patents.

Mr. Green obtained his LLB from George Washington University Law School in 1966. He was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review Staff. He graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from City College of New York in 1962.

Location in the Nation's Capital

Sulzer & Green PLLC represents domestic and international clients from its location in the heart of the nation’s capital. The firm's office is just a short distance from federal district and appellate courts (including district courts in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court), and federal agencies (including the ITC and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office).

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