Client Successes

Navigant expands capabilities with acquisition

When global professional services giant Navigant Consulting identified Atlanta-based RevenueMed as a strategic acquisition target, Navigant’s general counsel turned to Marshall, Gerstein & Borun for guidance on all IP-related aspects of the transaction. RevenueMed, a provider of coding, revenue cycle management, and business process management services for the healthcare sector, represented an opportunity to further strengthen Navigant’s position as a leading provider of end-to-end revenue cycle business process management services and to expand the company’s platform to include global, offshore capabilities for its clients.

Marshall Gerstein’s IP Transactions team began the engagement with significant technology due diligence, followed by a multidisciplinary effort ranging from extensive agreement review (encompassing open source agreements, employment agreements and all other relevant contracts) through the transfer of RevenueMed’s IP portfolio to Navigant. As part of the transaction, Marshall Gerstein:

  • Negotiated the IP-related provisions in the asset purchase agreement, as well as a master services agreement with a soon-to-be former affiliate of RevenueMed to develop software applications and other deliverables for Navigant following the acquisition.
  • Drafted and negotiated a transition services agreement to effect the transition of operations of an affiliated entity not acquired by Navigant out of RevenueMed while ensuring that RevenueMed’s business would continue to run smoothly during its integration into Navigant.
  • Addressed IP-related employment issues.

This significant acquisition, which closed in February 2015, augments Navigant’s business process management offerings and further positions this Marshall Gerstein client for long-term, sustainable growth.

Eliminating spillover via an inter partes victory

The Firm secured a complete victory for SSW Holding Company, Inc., in an inter partes review proceeding challenging the validity of an SSW patent, making its client one of just a handful to emerge from the newly established inter partes review process with every challenged patent claim fully intact.

Inter partes review (IPR) is a streamlined process for challenging patents created through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and, to date, has proven favorable to those challenging patents. Of the 78 decisions issued in IPR proceedings through June of 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board cancelled or invalidated nearly 80 percent of the patent claims before it. In only 14 percent of such cases did the board find in favor of the patent owner with respect to all of the patent claims under consideration, as it did in Schott Gemtron Corp. v. SSW Holding Company, Inc. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision rejected arguments that SSW’s patent — which covers spill-containing refrigerator shelving technology used by major appliance manufacturers — was "obvious" and therefore invalid. Oral argument in the case took place on June 23, 2014.