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Intellectual Property


Overview

Throughout the United States and in more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide, we help clients manage their brands, protect inventions and research, and monetize their intellectual property assets:
 

Defend and Enforce

We enforce IP rights or defend against infringement allegations.
 

  • First-chaired 50+ trials, including seminal cases that have changed the IP landscape 
  • Deep industry experience includes work for technology, finance, and insurance companies
  • Literally wrote the book on patent litigation (Horwitz on Patent Litigation
  • Have worked on hundreds of cases related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, and trade secrets
  • Represent clients in federal and state court, before the International Trade Commission, the National Advertising Bureau of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD), and in jurisdictions around the world
 

Protect

We secure domestic and international IP rights through patents, trademarks and copyright registrations.
 
  • Plan and execute IP portfolios for clients ranging from technology startups to Fortune100 companies
  • Worldwide brand and invention management, acquisition, and enforcement
  • Enforce brands globally and monitor and defend global domain name portfolios for clients in the United States, China, Europe, and South America—this work includes dislodging cyber-squatters and creating global domain name strategies; and handling domain name arbitration and litigation around the world   

 

Transact

We help clients acquire and monetize IP. 
 
  • Draft and negotiate all forms of technology and entertainment deals, as well as joint ventures
  • Assist in M&A and other complex business transactions involving IP assets
  • Deep entertainment and technology industry experience

 

All Insights

NAIC Summer National Meeting Spotlights Innovation and Insurtech

NAIC Summer National Meeting Spotlights Innovation and Insurtech

October 1, 2018

In response to the accelerating pace of change, the NAIC’s Summer National Meeting in Boston focused on innovation and insurtech.

California Passes Stringent Privacy Law Akin to GDPR

California Passes Stringent Privacy Law Akin to GDPR

July 9, 2018

California passed a sweeping new privacy law similar to the EU’s GDPR. This article, which is relevant to all businesses that handle the personal information of California consumers, discusses rights and obligations under the new law, its scope, and the consequences of noncompliance.

Supreme Court to Resolve Copyright Registration Circuit Split

Supreme Court to Resolve Copyright Registration Circuit Split

July 2, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that should resolve the longstanding question surrounding what is required for a plaintiff to bring a copyright infringement claim. This article discusses the different approaches taken by the circuits and the reasons why the Supreme Court’s decision will be important.

The Rise and Fall of CBM Reviews

The Rise and Fall of CBM Reviews

February 27, 2018

Just five years on, Eleanor M Yost examines why the PTAB’s powerful tool may be in its final death throes.

If Your Employment Agreements Use This One Word, Ownership of Your Patents May Be in Jeopardy

If Your Employment Agreements Use This One Word, Ownership of Your Patents May Be in Jeopardy

January 23, 2018

Learn how certain words in an assignment — like “will” or “agrees to” — can inadvertently nullify immediate invention transfers.

Custom Software Development: Practical Strategies to Get What You Pay For (Webinar)

Custom Software Development: Practical Strategies to Get What You Pay For (Webinar)

November 3, 2017

Companies that do not understand the current trends and common pitfalls when negotiating software contracts may find themselves facing unexpected and unnecessary expenses and litigation. In this webinar, Eleanor Yost and Jack Clabby sit down with Michael Ritchie to discuss best practices for scoping and negotiating custom software and IT agreements.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

September 26, 2017

Colorado Set to Regulate Cybersecurity Practices of Broker-Dealers and  Investment Advisers

Colorado Set to Regulate Cybersecurity Practices of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

June 23, 2017

On May 15, Colorado became the latest state to publish major regulations tackling cybersecurity in the financial services industry when the Colorado Division of Securities released amendments to existing division rules previously proposed in late March 2017.

GOOGLE Trademark Has Not Become Generic

GOOGLE Trademark Has Not Become Generic

June 16, 2017

The plaintiffs were two businessmen who had purchased 763 domain names that included the term ‘google’ accompanied by a specific search term such as ‘googlebarackobama.net’.

Federal Court Holds Highway Sign Does Not Harm State

Federal Court Holds Highway Sign Does Not Harm State

May 19, 2017

In State of Michigan v M22 LLC, 1:16-CV-1084 (WD MI April 21 2017), Michigan retail company M22 LLC registered the road signs of a well-known Michigan highway, M-22, for use on apparel for sale. The trademarks contained imitations of the road signs, which bear the name M-22 in a diamond symbol.

.Health: What You Need to Know About the Internet’s Newest Domain Name

.Health: What You Need to Know About the Internet’s Newest Domain Name

April 25, 2017

On May 8, the new .health Internet top-level domain opens up to members of the health care industry and will be awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis

USPTO Tightens Requirements for Commercial Use of Trademarks

USPTO Tightens Requirements for Commercial Use of Trademarks

April 4, 2017

For a trademark to be federally registered, it must be used in commerce in the United States in connection with all of the goods and services recited in the application. To enforce this requirement, the Trademark Office requires that applicants provide specimens showing the mark being used in connection with actual goods or services.

Trial Checklist

Trial Checklist

December 15, 2016

This chart provides a quick reference regarding motions and objections that may be made immediately prior to, during, and immediately after trial to preserve issues for appellate review.

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Gary K. Slinger

Gary K. Slinger

Director of Security & Business Continuity

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