Russ Genet heads up Nixon Peabody's IP Litigation group. Russ effectively represents his clients in a full range of patent litigation forums and handles matters involving electronic, computer, Internet, telecommunication and medical device technologies.
What do you focus on?
My practice is focused on helping clients protect, leverage and defend their intellectual property rights.
With my background as an electrical engineer, I communicate well with technical personnel at all levels, including engineers, inventors and expert witnesses and can quickly grasp complex design and application issues. I regularly combine my business, engineering and legal experience to help clients develop an effective, focused strategy that achieves their business and legal objectives regarding using and protecting their IP.
I have significant experience in litigating patent cases across the country and at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.My litigation experience includes managing the discovery process, handling Markman hearings, arguing motions in federal court and preparing witnesses for trial. I advise clients on whether negotiation or settlement is their best course based on the technical merits of the company's case and the company's ultimate end game.
I also represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office to help them protect their intellectual property rights. I counsel clients in how they can best leverage the various patent office proceedings, include post-issuance proceedings, to get the most value from their intellectual property.
What do you see on the horizon?
I believe the use of post-issuance proceedings enacted by the AIA will continue to increase as an alternative to certain patent litigation.
Publications and Presentations
Mr. Genet has written concerning how the operation of a website can expose an organization to personal jurisdiction in any state where the website is accessible, depending on the interactivity of the site. His article on this topic has appeared in:
- "Caught in the Web--A Web Site Can Subject You to Lawsuits in Far-Away States," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, June 2003.
- "A Website Can Subject Your Company to Lawsuits in Far-Away Jurisdictions," Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Newsletter, Winter 2002 (with Stephen G. Rudisill) and Corporate Counsel, October 2001 (with Stephen G. Rudisill).