Representative Experience

Represented Cuker Interactive LLC in a “David and Goliath” trade secret dispute involving website development for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. An Arkansas jury found that Wal-Mart misappropriated trade secrets, awarding more than $12 million in damages.

Represented HM Electronics in a 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.

Achieved favorable arbitration ruling for University of Kansas following years litigating a closely watched battle over inventorship credit on National Institute of Health-owned patents covering cancer drug formulations.

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  • Patent
    • Successfully defended HME Wireless in two contentious patent infringement cases filed by competitor Long Range Systems. Both cases were dismissed with prejudice and without payment following claim construction.
    • Successfully defended of major telecommunications providers and carriers in numerous patent infringement cases filed throughout the United States.
    • Successfully defended Stanley in a bench trial against claims that one of its popular products infringed the design patent on a competitor’s similar product.
    • Pursued action for Invitae Corporation to have declared invalid genetic testing patents asserted by Myriad Genetics in MDL proceeding in Utah. Following extensive litigation, Myriad abandoned its patent enforcement efforts.
    • Defended Hewlett-Packard in 11-patent infringement cases regarding HP products with Wi-Fi and/or NFC network interfaces with tens of billions of dollars in exposure.
    • Successfully defended Atlas Copco in a patent infringement jury trial with $200 million+ in damages at stake, prevailed in district court and Federal Circuit appeals, winning a seven-figure attorneys’ fees award.
  • Trademark
    • Representing San Diego Comic Convention in trademark enforcement litigation throughout the United States and abroad.
    • Representing San Diego Comic Convention against Dan Farr Productions and its founders for trademark infringement and unfair competition for the unauthorized use of the Comic-Con mark in connection with Salt Lake Comic Con.
    • 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.
  • Trade Secrets
    • Secured permanent injunction for LG Electronics MobileComm, preventing former employee and his new employer from using misappropriated trade secrets and obtaining an agreement to destroy all material taken.
    • Representing major aviation company in theft of trade secrets suit against former regional vice president who defected to a principal competitor.
    • Representing computer security company in lawsuit alleging misappropriation of data previously supplied pursuant to contract, securing successful dismissal of action by the trial court.
    • Represented semiconductor company regarding former consultant’s misappropriation of confidential information. Won temporary restraining order. Parties subsequently entered into stipulated permanent injunction and confidential settlement.
    • Represented RetailMeNot in defending against claims of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in the U.S. District Court, District of Delaware.
    • Won more than $23 million in damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees for Eldorado Stone, LLC against Renaissance Stone, Inc. on trade secret misappropriation, copyright and trademark infringement, and other claims. 
    • Represented a cord blood stem cell bank in a New Jersey trade secret and confidential information misappropriation action against its former regional sales manager, who took extensive confidential data to the direct competitor.
  • Copyright
    • Representing Japanese media company in a copyright infringement action concerning the ownership and rights to a Japanese superhero.
    • Achieved a successful settlement for a client in a copyright infringement matter concerning a popular animated television series.
    • Represented the San Diego County Apartment Association in a copyright dispute with the California Apartment Association over the copyrightability of apartment rental forms. Successfully opposed a temporary restraining order.
    • Defended a media company in litigation alleging copyright infringement regarding use of plaintiff’s photos on its website. Favorably settled, with our client retaining free perpetual license to use the photographs.
  • International Trade Commission Litigation
    • Representing Select Comfort Corporation in two separate investigations before the ITC involving products that infringe Select Comfort’s Sleep Number Bed patents.
    • Successfully defended ZTE USA and ZTE Corp. in a multi-respondent ITC investigation attempting to ban the entry of ZTE mobile phones into the United States based on patent infringement allegations.
    • Represented multiple U.S. respondents whose industrial products were accused of design patent and trademark infringement. Achieved favorable pretrial settlement for all respondents.

Practice Area Highlights

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 by The Legal 500 U.S. in patent prosecution, including reexamination and post-grant proceedings (2018).

Ranked in Washington, DC and Texas as one of the world’s leading IP practices across all aspects of patent law by Intellectual Asset Management’s “IAM Patent 1000” and four partners named individually (2018).

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  • 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 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.