Joel Leeman is a partner at Sunstein, and devotes his practice to the litigation of patent and trademark disputes. He has extensive experience in handling technology-licensing disputes, as well as trade secret and general commercial litigation. Joel focuses on helping our clients resolve disputes efficiently— through litigation and other methods—and in a manner that promotes their business objectives. He advises clients on strategies for minimizing litigation risks.
Protecting and Enforcing Copyright, MCLE New England, 4th ed. 2014 (co-written with Lisa Tittemore).
“What Can I Say? Leeway and Legal Limits in Commercial Speech: A Primer on Defamation, Commercial Disparagement and False Advertising,” American Bar Association (Spring 2009) (co-written with Julia Huston).
Massachusetts Trade Secret Protections Are About to Resemble Everyone Else’s. That Brings Changes that Businesses Should Know About.—August 22, 2018
Litigate Your Trademark Rights With Care, No Matter what Forum You’re In—February 16, 2018
Give Me a ©! Supreme Court Examines Cheerleader Uniforms and Gives Designers a Means to Protect Their Creations—April 10, 2017
Litigator’s Perspective- I’ve a Hunch You’re Stealing My Invention: Low Standard Prevails for Alleging Patent Infringement—May 9, 2013
Do-Nothing Congress Manages to Crack Down on Trade Secret Thieves—January 17, 2013
Not the Cadillac of Trade Secrets, But Still Deserving of Protection—January 19, 2012
Sunstein’s trial team won a jury verdict for our client Exergen, resulting in a $16 million judgment against Kaz, the maker of consumer products sold under the Vicks and Braun brands. Despite Kaz’s multiple challenges to the twelve patent claims asserted by Exergen, the jury upheld the validity of all of them, and found that the forehead thermometers sold by Kaz infringed those claims. Exergen is a Watertown, MA-based manufacturer and seller of thermometers for both the professional and consumer markets.
$16 million judgment
We successfully defended clients Iatric and CynergisTek in the District Court and Federal Circuit against claims of patent infringement relating to software for detecting fraud and misuse of protected health information. Sunstein litigation group obtained judgments of patent invalidity under Section 101.
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