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Elaine Cruz

Elaine Cruz is a certified Paralegal who has been working in the legal field for over 20 years. Her emphasis is on litigation support for Federal and State Court matters and Trademark prosecution. Elaine’s litigation experience and vast knowledge of the “ins and outs” of the court system and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) enable her to efficiently support our attorneys from onset to post-trial.

Elaine gained the discipline to fastidiously maintain records and track details for complex cases in Construction and Bankruptcy law, and has a special compassion and ability to interact with clients on a personal level that comes from here background in Family and Elder Law. Elaine enjoys helping people by easing their mind through the litigation of a civil injustice, by helping them seek relief from overwhelming financial burdens, or by helping them save their hard-earned life savings for their children through asset preservation.

Now, Elaine enjoys being part of the future through her work in Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property is about “starting something” — a new idea, a new company, a new brand, a new design, a new piece of art, a new work of literature. Elaine joined the firm in 2007 and quickly became a vital member of the team.

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A Patent Infringers Good-Faith Belief of Invalidity Does Not Negate the Requisite Intent for Induced Infringement

Commil and Cisco in wonderland – a curious case of “and”, being read as an “or”, inspite of explicit instructions to read otherwise. The Supreme Court in Commil v. Cisco, held patent infringers good-faith belief of invalidity does not negate the requisite intent for induced infringement. The Supreme Court also held mental state required in […]

Posted on June 22, 2015

Contentious and Unprofessional Discovery Conduct Risks Attorney Ban and Close of Discovery for that Side

In our modern era of litigation, certain attorneys are either unable or unwilling to engage in professional conduct with their opponents. Fed up with counsel’s obnoxious behavior, Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker, issued a scathing order chastising counsel for both sides in the US Water Services, Inc. v. Novozymes A/S et al, 3-13-cv-00864 (WIWD December 11, […]

Posted on December 15, 2014

Nebraska Attorney General Sanctioned $825,000 for Baseless Pursuit Against Patent Trolls

Nebraska Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon entered an attorneys fees award against the Nebraska Attorney General (“AG”) for $825,000 as a result of the AG’s efforts to stop Plaintiff’s patent licensing program. The Attorney General had been investigating Plaintiff on the basis that its patent enforcement activities may have violated Nebraska Unfair Competition Act and the Nebraska Deceptive […]

Posted on December 12, 2014