Kinney & Lange congratulates its 2015 Super Lawyer David R. Fairbairn and Rising Star Austen Zuege. Super Lawyers surveyed Minnesota attorneys regarding those members of the Minnesota State Bar whom they considered to be Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers Selection Committee evaluated the nominations received and made the final selections. No more than five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected as a Super Lawyer. This is Dave’s thirteenth consecutive year of being named a Super Lawyer and Austen’s third consecutive year on the list of Rising Stars.
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Ryan Connell, “How to Handle a Client’s Intellectual Property”, Trusts & Estates (June 2015).
Kinney & Lange was named as a top patent firm in 2015 by Intellectual Property Today. The rankings were based on the number of US utility applications issued in 2014 where the law firm was listed as the legal representative on the issued patent.
Kinney & Lange is proud to announce over 90% participation in the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid “One Hour of Sharing Associates’ Campaign for The Fund for Legal Aid.” The campaign encourages members of the legal community to make a donation equal to one billable hour. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an organization that provides free legal services to people with low income and seniors in our twenty-county service area and people with disabilities statewide.
Kinney & Lange congratulates Matt DeRuyter on becoming a new shareholder. Matt has been an associate with Kinney & Lange since 2007.
By Erik Wright and Austen Zuege From Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 21, No. 11 (November 2014) In recent cases such as Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014), the Supreme Court has reiterated that abstract ideas, laws of nature, and natural phenomena cannot be patented. Inventions directed to any of these three categories must include sufficient extra material to form the basis of a patent. The Court has provided some guidance as to what kinds of claim language can satisfy this requirement, but has thus far declined to define the principal categories of patent-ineligible subject matter in...
Former professional football player Al ‘Bubba’ Baker brought his patented method for making deboned baby back ribs to ABC’s Shark Tank television show, where he caught the interest of investors who had never before seen a method patent for preparing meat. The patent for cutting and forming boneless pork loin to mimic a slab of pork rib meat was prosecuted by Kinney & Lange and issued in 2006 (U.S. Patent 7,022,007). Since the episode aired in December 2013, Baker has entered into a partnership with a major meat processor in Missouri. In April 2014, Baker returned to the show to...
Kinney & Lange is committed to addressing the growing needs of our community by encouraging pro bono projects that serve the general public interest or redress an acute deprivation of individual rights of persons unable to secure private counsel. Kinney & Lange encourages its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities and is dedicated to fostering an environment that is conducive to such activities and providing the resources and support necessary for attorneys to serve their clients to the best of their ability. While most pro bono projects fall outside the scope of intellectual property law, on occasion, attorneys may...
BTI recognized Kinney & Lange in the categories of “Go-To IP Provider,” “Best at Routine Patent Work,” and “Most-Favored IP Boutiques” in its annual study of the IP and IP litigation market. BTI’s analysis focused on client spending, goals, priorities, and needs, and interviews of over 175 General Counsel and IP decision makers at top-spending organizations to collect direct feedback on over 200 law firms.
Kinney & Lange was named as a “Go-To Law Firm” for in-house law departments. In a 2013 edition published by Corporate Counsel magazine, Kinney & Lange was featured as outside counsel for several top 500 companies.