Patents
Trademarks
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Litigation
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The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys hold decades of combined experience in patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation and privacy and information security compliance.

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Practice Highlights
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights

The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys have successfully prosecuted numerous patents for inventors across all industries.

RECENT PATENTS

8,555,908 - Support System for Tents and Shelters

8,551,440 - Low Sodium Sea Salt

Design Patent 690,164 - Liquor Shot Tray

8,534,626 - Dual-Configuration Hanger

8,522,461 - Lift and Grade Control Apparatus for Tractor Trencher

Design Patent 686,165 - Switchgear

8,485,855 - Apparatus for Restoring Buoyancy to a Buoy

8,469,373 - Shopping Cart, Frame, Basket and Production Methods

8,468,700 - Eating Devices Which Reduce Tremors of the Hand

Design Patent 682,677 - Gift Box

8,325,691 - Method and Apparatus for Providing Wireless Communications Within a Building

EXEMPLARY ELECTRICAL PATENTS

8,280,652 - Sensor, Method and System of Monitoring Transmission Lines

8,164,308 - Apparatus and Method for Capturing Cosmic Background Radiation and Converting the Same to Electricity

7,999,689 - Household Appliance Operation Sensing and Control Having a Remotely Controlled AC Power Receptacle and AC Current Sensor

7,345,756 - Image Based Fiber Length Measurements from Tapered Beards

7,332,795 - Dielectric Passivation for Semiconductor Devices

EXEMPLARY MECHANICAL PATENTS

8,256,777 - Shopping Cart Adapted To Receive Elongated Items

7,824,766 - Sorption Paper and Method of Producing Sorption Paper

7,857,660 - Watt Hour Meter Socket Adapter with Current Transformer Housing Structure

7,637,255 - Target Launcher Having Versatile Mounting Configurations

7,411,136 - Multiple Batch System and Method for Loading Railcars of a Wide Range of Capacities and Designs

7,398,752 - Rocker Arm for Valve Actuation

7,153,469 - Four Edge Sealed Sterilization Wrap and Method for Sterilizing an Article

6,908,022 - Washer Feeding and Positioning Attachment for Fastener Driver

EXEMPLARY INDUSTRIAL PATENTS

7,942,308 - Composite Metal Extrusions and a Process for Producing Composite Metal Extrusions

7,621,968 - Process for Producing Low Sodium Sea Salt From Sea Water

6,907,994 - Process for Converting Wet Fly Ash into Dry Useful Industrial Products

EXEMPLARY SOFTWARE & BUSINESS METHODS PATENTS

8,335,696 - Indexed Competition Health Care Network Method

8,280,802 - System and Method for Decisions in Trading Financial Instruments

7,076,480 - Dynamic Adjustment of Commit Frequency

8,208,949 - Navigation System for Portable Communication Devices

6,951,013 - Method for Facilitating Development and Testing of Relational Database Application Software

7,257,543 - System and Method for Marketing Cotton

EXEMPLARY BIOMEDICAL PATENTS

8,209,004 - Body-Based Monitoring of Brain Electrical Activity

6,855,324 - Therapeutic Placebo Enhancement of Commonly Used Medications

EXEMPLARY CONSUMER PRODUCTS PATENTS

8,087,595 - Combination Rinse Pitcher and Shower Spout

8,069,517 - Combination Portable Diaper Changer and Disposable Bag Dispenser

7,866,879 - Immersion Blender Spatula Ring

7,028,914 - Piano Humidistat

7,678,094 - Reusable Swim Diaper

6,775,916 - Framer’s Layout Square

Practice Highlights
Patent & Trademark Infringement Litigation

The American Angus Association v. Sysco Corp. (WDNC), Trademark infringement. Successfully represented the American Angus Association in asserting its trademark regarding the Certified Angus Beef trademark

BorgWarner, Inc. and BorgWarner Turbosystems, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc. (WDNC), Patent infringement of automotive turbochargers. Representing BorgWarner in asserting three of its patents regarding the design and manufacture of turbocharger components

BorgWarner, Inc. and BorgWarner Turbosystems, Inc., v. Cummins, Inc. and Cummins Turbo Technologies Ltd. (WDNC), Patent infringement of automotive turbochargers. Representing BorgWarner in asserting three of its patents regarding the design and manufacture of turbocharger components

Sandvik Intellectual Property AB v. Kennemetal, Inc. (WDNC), Patent infringement of metal oxide tools. Representing Sandvik in asserting three of its patents regarding the manufacture of oxide coated cuttings tools

SuperGuide Corp. v. Directv Enterprises, Inc., Directv, Inc., Directv Operations, Inc., Hughes Electronics Corp., Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc., Echostar Communications Corp., Echostar Satellite Corp., and Echostar Technologies Corp. (WDNC), Patent litigation of satellite receivers. Defending EchoStar from claims of patent infringement related to satellite receivers

Shurtape Technologies, LLC and Shurtech Brands, LLC v. 3M Comp. (WDNC), Patent litigation of painter's tape. Defending 3M Corp. from claims of patent infringement related to painter's tape

Allergan, Inc. and Duke University v. Apotex, Inc., Apotex Corp., Sandoz, Inc., Hi-Tech Pharmacal Comp., Inc., Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Watson Laboratories, Inc. and Watson Pharma, Inc., et al. (MDNC) (Consolidated cases) Represented plaintiffs in these Hatch-Waxman cases concerning the infringement of two patents owned and/or licensed by plaintiffs. The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys, working with Fish and Richardson, P.C. and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, obtained a declaratory judgment for the plaintiffs that the patents are valid and will be infringed by proposed generic drugs. Other related cases are pending

High Voltage Beverages, LLC v. Coca-Cola Comp. (WDNC), Trademark and trade name litigation. Successfully defended Coca-Cola with Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Attorneys
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights

David M. Carter
Registered Patent Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

David has more than 40 years of experience in patent and trademark prosecution, and copyright law. In addition to his law degree, he holds a degree in physics, is a former Patent Examiner, and was trained in patent prosecution at General Electric Company. David is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the N.C. State Bar, and The Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association.

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George Washington University
J.D., 1972

Western Kentucky University
B.S. in Physics, 1968

Steven C. Schnedler
Registered Patent Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

Steve has more than 38 years of experience in patent and trademark prosecution, and copyright law. In addition to his law degree, he holds a degree in electrical engineering and further trained in patent prosecution at the Washington Patent Operation of General Electric Company. Steve is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the N.C. State Bar, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and The Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association.

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Detroit College of Law
J.D. with honors, 1974

Michigan State University
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1970

R. Brian Johnson
Registered Patent Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

Brian began his career as a Patent Examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, assessing the patentability of inventions in the telecommunications sector. He has worked in private practice as a patent attorney for over 10 years, representing corporations, universities, and individuals in regard to all aspects of intellectual property, particularly patent and trademark prosecution in the United States and internationally. Brian also served as general counsel for the telecommunications agency within the state government of South Carolina, where he focused on the contractual issues related to intellectual property, such as licenses, software development agreements, and government contracts. Brian is a member of the North Carolina and South Carolina state bars and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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University of South Carolina
J.D., 1995

Duke University
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1988

Attorneys
Patent & Trademark Infringement Litigation

Larry S. McDevitt
Patent & Trademark Infringement Litigation Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Society of Barristers, the major focus of Larry´s practice is civil litigation with special emphasis on patent and trademark infringement and antitrust. Larry is Past President of both the North Carolina Bar Association and University of North Carolina Law School Alumni Association. He is also a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and has received peer recognition through Best Lawyers in America, Legal Elite, and Super Lawyers. A former Mayor of Asheville, Larry has been involved in professional and community services activities on local, state and national levels. He is known nationally for his work with the American Bar Association, having served on its Board of Governors and been elected by the lawyers of North Carolina for twelve years to serve as their sole State Delegate to the ABA. He currently serves as the national Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

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University of North Carolina
J.D., 1968
B.A. in English, 1964

David M. Wilkerson
Patent & Trademark Infringement Litigation Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

David practices in the area of business litigation including patent and trademark infringement and antitrust. He has recent experience litigating numerous patent and trademark disputes, as well as trade secret litigation. David is experienced in litigating in federal and state courts and is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as all federal districts in both states. David currently serves as an elected member of the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. His educational background includes graduate coursework in economic statistics.

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University of South Carolina
J.D., 1998

University of Iowa
M.A., 1994

Furman University
B.A., 1993

Heather Whitaker Goldstein
Patent & Trademark Infringement Litigation Attorney
The Van Winkle Law Firm

Heather has successfully represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, and contract disputes. Heather´s practice includes trial and appellate work in the North Carolina and federal court systems. She has also participated, with colleagues, in successful appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Fourth Circuit, as well as the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

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George Washington University
J.D. with honors, 1997

Duke University
A.B., 1993

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