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Patent Litigation Graphics: Axcelis Technologies vs. Applied Materials

This animation was produced while I was working at Animation Technologies, (now Case Sight) and used both as part of a judicial tutorial, and later in a jury trial. Our client (Applied Materials) ultimately won on all accounts. This particular piece was a central demonstrative in the defence's argument of non-infringement, and walks the viewer through a number of important patent claims, and describes in detail the process that Applied used. All animation work for this piece was generated by me, as well as the original storyboards, video editing, and final voice-over syncing.

NOTE: This was created years before the introduction of HD video and animation and thus the resolution is not would see from my more recent work.


Case Notes and Background:

Plaintiff Axcelis Technologies, Inc. ("Axcelis") alleged that the defendant Applied Materials, Inc. ("Applied") had infringed upon U.S. Patent No. 4,667,111 (the "'111 patent"). The '111 patent provides a method of and apparatus for ion implantation involving a radio frequency ("rf") ion accelerator.

The '111 patent generally describes a technology that (i) generates charged atoms, called ions, (ii) accelerates those ions in a focused beam, using a rf accelerator, and (iii) implants the ions into a "workpiece."

On July 2, 2003, a jury ruled in favor of Applied, returning a verdict that Applied’s “Swift” ion implantation system did not infringe upon Axcelis’ patent. The court entered a judgment in favor of Applied Materials on Axcelis’ patent claim.

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Patent Illustration and Tutorial: Ion implantation into a silicon substrate via a beam of particles swept across the wafer using a magnetiuc collumator.

       
     
'313 Patent Tutorial: Offset Prosthetic Stem Extension (artificial knee replacement)

Patent Tutorial for the case:  Zimmer Technology, Inc. v. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation

The '313 patent is directed to a modular system for surgically-implanted prosthetic joints and covers an offset prosthetic stem extension. The '313 patent describes a modular implant system that replaces human joints and bones and was described primarily, though not exclusively, for use with prosthetic knee joints.

       
     
Jury Tutorial in Propulsid Liability Case: Treatments of GERD

This is a portion of a larger project completed while working at Animation Technologies (now Case Sight Inc.) in a product liability case involving the medication named Propulsid.
Propulsid, which is also known by its chemical name "cisapride", is a prokinetic 2 agent causing it to work differently from other treatments for GERD. While other medications only treat acid and do not block backflow, Propulsid, a motility drug, works by tightening the opening between the esophagus and the stomach increasing the rate at which both the esophagus and stomach move food through the body.

Working for the defence (Janssen Pharmaceuticals) I lead a team of animators and designers to help the jury understand a range of complex and nuanced medical issues.
The project brief involved helping the jury understand the following:
Healthy and normal digestion. 
How food and medication is ingested, broken down and absorbed, and then metabolised into the bloodstream.
What GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder) is, its symptoms and long-term effects. 
The range of treatments for chronic GERD and how they work.

       
     
Patent Litigation: Zimmer Technology, Inc. vs. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation

Animated illustration of Claim 2 in the '313 Patent

Claim 2 requires that the stem mounting means be radially adjustable in cooperation with the base mounting means to permit the second axis of the stem to be oriented in a plurality of radial orientations relative to the first axis.

       
     
Richard Umble vs. Sports Helmets Inc.

Richard and Lyn Umble v. Sports Helmets Inc. and Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.

Injury tutorial as part of a longer jury presentation. Richard Umble suffered a severe and permanent spinal injury as a result of several product design flaws in the lacrosse helmet he was wearing during a game.

       
     
Patent Litigation: Coronary Stent Tutorial

Work performed at Animation Technologies (now Case Sight Inc.) for Johnson and Johnson. This work was a small portion of several years worth of graphics produced for J&J in their patent infringement litigation with Boston Scientific. Animation Technologies was the sole provider of graphics and animations during multiple sequential cases and trials.

This being one of the final pieces for J&J it is worth quoting the following news release from 2010:

"Pushing to get past a raft of pending patent infringement lawsuits, Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) said today that it will pay Johnson & Johnson $1.725 billion to settle three suits related to cardiac stent technology."

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FIG. 1 First Touch

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application. 

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FIG 1 Full Overlap

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application. 

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FIG. 1 Final Touch

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application. 

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Illustration of "admissible regions" during vane overlap.

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application. 

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Orthographic Example of Vane Meshing

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application. 

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Primary Vane example

Image created for Mechanology, Inc. for a patent filing detailing Toroidal Intersecting Vane technology, an innovative and highly efficient compression pump method. This series of images was generated at the clients request and used in the final patent application.