Civil Litigation

Intellectual Property

Preserving and protecting intellectual property is increasingly important in today’s computerized and interconnected world. The firm has handled a wide spectrum of intellectual property cases, including copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, and unfair competition. The firm has been involved not only in conventional intellectual property cases, but in cutting edge issues presented by the internet and other developing technologies.

The firm’s clients in this area include both foreign and domestic corporations, as well as individual entrepreneurs. The firm is equally adept at helping those clients enforce their rights and defending them when they are accused of violating the intellectual property rights of others. The firm has also represented corporate officers accused of participating in the infringement of intellectual property.

Representative Results

  • Our client, a producer of a television motion picture, was sued for copyright infringement and other claims in connection with musical compositions used in the motion picture. The court granted the firm’s motion for summary adjudication, all remaining claims were dismissed, and our client was awarded attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Reached an $825,000 settlement for our client, a fashion designer, against a denim apparel company after intense litigation of trademark infringement claims. The firm was retained after the designer was sued, and filed and litigated a countersuit against the apparel company resulting in the settlement in favor of our client.
  • Our clients, officers of a video distribution company, were sued by another distribution company for copyright infringement relating to the distribution of foreign films. After motions for summary adjudication disposing of certain claims were granted by the court, the plaintiff agreed to settle for much less than it had sought, and the small settlement was fully covered by insurance.
  • Obtained judgment after a court trial against an online movie distributor for copyright infringement and misappropriation of name and likeness, including a permanent injunction and recovery of attorney’s fees.