Representative Experience

Represented San Diego Comic Convention in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case that gained national media coverage. A California federal jury unanimously decided in favor of San Diego Comic Convention, ruling that Defendants infringed all three of San Diego Comic Convention’s asserted “Comic-Con” trademarks.

Represented HM Electronics in trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute with R.F. Technologies, winning a permanent injunction, a finding of contempt and obtaining $800,000+ in court-ordered sanctions for the client.

Managing large trademark portfolios, counseling and litigation for high-profile, brand-intensive companies in a multitude of protection and enforcement matters, clearance, transactions and other matters.

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  • Aggressively defended Bass Pro Shops against allegations of trademark, trade dress, false design, unfair competition, tortious interference and patent infringement, achieving the dismissal of all claims.
  • Representing San Diego Comic Convention in trademark enforcement litigation throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Advising a multinational bank on all IP matters worldwide, including trademark, licensing, IP diligence, IP agreements, monetization, domain names, and litigation.
  • Defeated Sony Ericsson’s request for a Preliminary Injunction seeking to prohibit Clearwire from nationwide use of its trademark in the United States.
  • Defended RetailMeNot, the world’s largest marketplace for digital offers, against allegations of trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution.
  • Secured a preliminary injunction for Tecnimed srl requiring a competitor to stop infringing the trade dress of the client's packaging and to recall the product containing the infringing packaging. 

Practice Area Highlights

Ranked in California, Washington, DC and Texas as one of the top trademark practices by World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000” and four lawyers named individually (2018).

Ranked nationally for patent prosecution and trademark prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, eight Pillsbury partners recognized as “IP Stars,” and three lawyers recognized as “Rising Stars” (2018).

Pillsbury partner authored the leading treatise: Likelihood of Confusion in Trademark Law, published by Practising Law Institute.

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  • Recognized nationally as a top-tier firm for IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, Copyright Law, and Trademark Law by S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers (2019).
  • Ranked as a “Recommended” firm for IP in four categories in California and as “Highly Recommended” in one IP category in Virginia by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2018).
  • Corporate Counsel named Pillsbury 2015 “Go-To Firm” – Intellectual Property Litigation and noted the firm as a Top-10 Intellectual Property “Go-To” Firm for Fortune 500 companies.