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Sunstein LLP

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Skilled Advocacy. Technological insight. Strategic advantage. Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP has an outstanding record of important wins for our technology and life sciences clients through litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property portfolio development and business transactions. We emphasize early identification of business goals and strategic planning to achieve them. We have a long track record of success in protecting and enforcing our clients’ patent, trademark, copyright and other IP-related assets.

OUR PROFESSIONALS.  Our professionals rely upon their technical and intellectual property knowledge in combination with business acumen and well-honed litigation skills to handle complex and demanding legal assignments. Whether the project is challenging litigation, a complex business transaction or sophisticated patent prosecution, our lawyers draw upon multi-disciplinary experience to achieve our clients’ objectives. Thus, our patent and trademark lawyers have experience in business matters and scientific and technical research, as well as patent and trademark prosecution. Our litigators bring to bear experience across a wide spectrum of technologies and deep understanding of intellectual property law, with skilled courtroom advocacy.This breadth of experience enhances our ability to assist clients in developing strategies for the protection of their technology. Our attorneys, many of whom have advanced degrees in challenging scientific disciplines, are comfortable working in the most sophisticated and advanced areas of science and technology. Representation by our attorneys has enabled many of our clients to establish dominant intellectual property positions in their markets.Senior members of our firm are national leaders in their practice areas. They are frequent speakers in continuing education programs for lawyers and are leaders in bar organizations.


IP Litigation. Aggressive representation in high-stakes intellectual property litigation is a hallmark of our firm’s trial practice. Our litigators have handled significant cases in courts throughout the United States and have achieved superior results by carefully tailoring litigation strategy to our clients’ business objectives and to the requirements of the case. The efforts of our trial lawyers have enforced important intellectual property rights in key markets, produced multi-million dollar recoveries, and secured emergency injunctive relief. By combining strong trial experience and sophisticated technical and patent expertise on the same litigation team, we provide highly effective representation in the most challenging of patent infringement cases. Our litigators pay careful attention to our clients’ business goals, and provide counsel on litigation avoidance and control, risk management and dispute resolution.

Patent and Trademark Prosecution. Our attorneys work strategically in building intellectual property portfolios for a wide range of clients. We prosecute patent and trademark applications in the United States and, working with our network of foreign associates, extensively in Europe and Japan, and throughout the world. Our attorneys are regularly involved in the licensing of patents, trademarks, and copyrights and related trade secrets and know-how. Technologies in which our firm has extensive experience include data communications and networking, computer hardware and software, electronic circuits and systems, electro-mechanical and microprocessor-controlled devices, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biomedical devices, video, optics and imaging, x-ray systems, metallurgy, ceramics, magnetic recording, fluid control systems, and mechanical devices.

Business Transactions. We regularly handle a wide range of transactions involving technology-based companies and are accustomed to dealing with the special problems of forming and financing new business ventures. The firm also represents businesses in the full range of legal matters a company may encounter as it grows, including protection and licensing of its technology under the patent, trade secret, and copyright laws; selection, licensing, and protection of its trademarks; contracts with employees, customers and others; public and private offerings; labor, employment and benefit issues; securities law compliance; business acquisitions; and antitrust compliance.

OUR CLIENTS.  We represent clients located throughout the United States and abroad, including public and private companies, major academic and research institutions, government agencies, and individuals. Our clients represent a broad range of key industries. Thus, we serve emerging and established companies in a wide range of technology-based enterprises, including telecommunications, electronics, computer hardware and software, network systems, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, media, finance, health care, education, insurance, advertising, publishing, and entertainment. Individual clients include inventors, artists, and authors who have an interest in protecting and commercializing their creative efforts.

Regardless of a client’s size, business, or location, the services we provide are individually fashioned to meet each client’s specific needs and wishes. We are aware of our clients’ concerns for efficiency and economy and make every effort to keep costs down consistent with proper representation. We are proud of the close personal relationships we have with our clients, which are built upon providing the highest standard of legal services.



Women: 2

Men: 9

Caucasian: 11

Of Counsel

Men: 5

Caucasian: 5


Women: 3

Asian: 1

Men: 2

Caucasian: 4

Management / Department Heads

Women: 2

Men: 1

Caucasian: 3


Women: 6

Men: 2

Caucasian: 8

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 11

African-American: 1

Asian: 1

Hispanic: 3


Disabled: 1

Men: 10

Caucasian: 16


Bruce Sunstein
Kerry Timbers
Managing Partner
Thomas Carey
Partner and Chair, Business Group
Lisa Tittemore
Partner and Chair, Litigation Group
Kathryn Noll
Partner and Co-Chair Patent Group
Tim Murphy
Partner and Co-chair Patent Group

Firm Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Patent
  • Trademark

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