ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rudy Telscher, head of litigation at intellectual property law firm Harness Dickey, was recognized this month as a national leader in his field by two of the country’s leading legal media outlets. The National Law Journal named Telscher to its list of the Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers for 2014, and Law360 selected him as an Intellectual Property MVP.
The National Law Journal will feature Telscher in a special December 15th edition, along with other litigators the newspaper believes have helped “move the needle” this year. He will also be profiled in Law360, whose MVP Award is conferred upon elite attorneys with remarkable success in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.
Telscher’s honors are testaments to his enduring success throughout his 25-year career representing clients in all areas of intellectual property law and a nod to his April victory arguing the first-ever attorney fee case, Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness, before the Supreme Court. Telscher helped secure a 9-0 decision in favor of client Octane Fitness that significantly relaxed the standard of the "exceptional case" fee-shifting provision, making it easier for prevailing parties in patent infringement litigation to obtain their attorneys' fees. The decision’s impact has already been felt in numerous patent infringement suits currently being litigated in courtrooms, and earlier this fall the Third Circuit determined that the Octane standard should apply equally to trademark cases.
“I’m honored to be recognized by the National Law Journal and Law360 for my work in Octane, which truly was a team effort over the course of six years,” said Telscher. “It has never been a more exciting time to be an IP litigator – the number of patent cases filed in District Courts continues to soar and this year the Supreme Court heard the highest proportion of IP cases in history. The landscape is rapidly shifting, and I consider myself lucky to be part of a team of Harness Dickey attorneys who are pushing the envelope and working at the very forefront of our field.”
Telscher, who joined Harness Dickey in 2000, holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
About Harness Dickey
Harness Dickey, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has been protecting the rights of Fortune 500 companies, as well as inventors, authors and entrepreneurs worldwide for 90 years. Last year, Harness Dickey obtained more than 2,800 patents for its clients, and was ranked 6th among the nation’s top patent firms by Intellectual Property Today. Harness Dickey has offices in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, D.C. For more information on Harness Dickey please visit www.hdp.com.
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