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RSHC is a national law firm whose partners offer decades of experience in handling and successfully resolving cases involving the most challenging, complex, and high-stakes legal issues.
Our teams of seasoned and capable attorneys in Chicago, San Francisco and New York, represent and serve the interests of valued clients around the world.
Our lawyers are focused on developing effective strategies that are designed to achieve the best possible results, in negotiated settlements as well as litigation and trial. They have tried hundreds of cases in more than 25 state and federal courts and have defended class actions in more than 30 different states.
Our clients range from individuals and small privately held companies to large international corporations. We represent dozens of publicly traded companies, including many on the Fortune 100 list and several in the Fortune 50.
Our clients value and trust us because we offer much more than legal counsel; we offer long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships. We understand and uphold their priorities, we serve as their partners and trusted advisors, and we align our services and our pricing with what matters most to them. We deliver value according to how our clients define value.
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RSHC Law News & Highlights

Developments in Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Webcast

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, June 2017
RSHC Partner, Alison Maddeford, will be a panelist for The Knowledge Group’s live webcast entitled "Essential Developments in Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: What Lies Ahead in 2017?" on June 27, 2017, 12:00 to 2:00 pm (EST). The discussion will provide an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as essential developments in patent subject matter eligibility.

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RSHC Amicus Brief Cited by 9th Circuit in Decision Upholding Injunction Against President Trump’s Travel Ban

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, June 2017
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila had the privilege of working with the City of Chicago in preparing an important amicus brief on behalf of the Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities and counties, who have been negatively affected by President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from six predominately Muslim countries. On June 12, 2017, the Ninth Circuit mostly affirmed the district court’s injunction against enforcement of the travel ban. Citing the RSHC brief, the Court concluded that enforcement of the travel ban could “undermine trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities and inflict financial and social costs, such as loss of tourism dollars.”

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June 9 CBA Futures & Derivatives Committee Seminar

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, June 2017
Jake Kahn, RSHC partner and committee co-chair, will moderate the “Enforcement Update” panel at the Futures & Derivatives Law Committee’s 2017 CLE seminar on Friday, June 9, at the Chicago Bar Association.

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Client Alert - Supreme Court Limits Post-Sale Patent Rights

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, June 2017
On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court struck another in a series of blows to patent owners this term and significantly broadened the doctrine of patent “exhaustion,” which bars a patentee from asserting patent rights over an article after an authorized sale of the article. The decision reversed longstanding Federal Circuit precedent permitting patent infringement actions if (1) a sale was subject to clearly communicated, lawful restrictions on post-sale use or resale; or (2) a sale was made overseas. The Supreme Court voided these safe harbors, finding them to be sales that exhausted patent rights, reasoning “patent exhaustion is uniform and automatic.” Slip Op. at 13. The Supreme Court’s decision not only has immediate ramifications for patent licensing and enforcement actions, but also is likely to have a cascading effect on worldwide supply chains, pricing and product availability in some countries.

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Client Alert - Supreme Court Limits Patent Venue Options

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, May 2017
On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court overturned decades of Federal Circuit precedent, holding that the patent venue statute was not broadened by the later-amended general venue statute. This holding will have significant dampening effect on cases brought in certain jurisdictions, such as E.D. Texas and other venues considered patent-friendly. Moreover, venues like the District of Delaware may experience a swell of patent cases as patentees seek to avoid jurisdictions where a defendant has a place of business.

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