Kenneth P. George has extensive experience in patent prosecution, licensing and litigation and has spent a considerable amount of his career representing academic institutions and not-for-profit research organizations. He has represented the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for over twenty years, and both the New York Blood Center and the North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System, now known as The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, for over ten years. He has worked with these clients to establish effective patent and licensing strategies and has represented them in litigations to enforce their rights under patents and licenses.
Mr. George also has extensive experience representing various consumer products companies in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent and trademark procurement, counseling and litigation. Mr. George has provided both day-to-day counseling and represented these companies in litigations involving a diverse array of products including swim goggles, catheters, tennis rackets, sizing systems for plastic hangers, disposable diapers, portable blood glucose testing devices, non-woven fabrics, plastic films, tampons, batteries, etc.
Mr. George's litigation experience includes jury and non-jury trials in Federal and State Courts, and appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Mr. George has worked closely with European counsel in connection with opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office, nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court, and infringement and other proceedings in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Working with European counsel, Mr. George successfully asserted patent infringement claims in Europe directed to implantable medical devices and methods for inactivating viruses in blood products and plasma and achieved the revocation of a European Patent directed to cryo-preserved blood products.
Mr. George was lead counsel in a landmark New York State case which established the principal that scientific researchers at academic institutions are hired to invent and are therefore obligated to assign their inventions to their employers even in the absence of a written agreement. Mr. George was also lead counsel in a series of lawsuits between the two top competitors in the business of supplying plastic hanger sizing systems to all of the major retailers and achieved an unbroken string of success for his client in various patent, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition issues that arose during these lawsuits.