Intellectual Property Law

Whether you are talking about patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets, intellectual property assets are powerful tools that can help to open doors to capital investments; attract new business partners; build recognizable brands; and protect valuable technologies.

Our innovative and experienced IP team will work with you to design the best possible strategies to obtain the right mix of protection to support your unique business goals. We help companies identify, develop, grow, and safeguard their IP assets with the goal of maximizing value with solid portfolios.

Our intellectual property services include:

Patent Services

  • Applications
  • Prosecution
  • Licensing
  • Portfolio Audits
  • Portfolio Management
  • Patentability Searches and Analysis
  • Freedom-to-Operate Analysis and Opinions

Trademark Services

  • Mark Selection
  • Clearance
  • Prosecution
  • Licensing
  • Portfolio Audits
  • Portfolio Management
  • Co-use and Co-existence Analysis
  • Fair Use and Consumer Confusion Analysis
  • Oppositions and Defenses

Copyright Services

  • Registration
  • Licensing
  • Fair Use and Substantial Similarity Analysis
  • Pre-Publication Analysis and Clearances

Trade Secret Services

  • Trade Secret Identification
  • Case Analysis
  • Protection Policies

Intellectual Property Business Services

  • Contracts for Workers Who Produce Intellectual Property
  • Distribution, Sales, and Licensing Agreements
  • Technology Transaction Agreements
  • Advertising, E-commerce, and Personality Rights Counseling
  • End User License Agreements, Privacy Policies, and Website Terms of Use
  • IP Pricing and Enforcement Strategies

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Patent Application Appeals
  • Patent Reexamination & Inter Partes Disputes
  • Practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • District Court IP Litigations
  • Federal Circuit IP Appeals
  • Domain Name Disputes

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

DISCLAIMER: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

  • Glasser v. Barboza, et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-0322 (E.D. Va. 2017), successfully defended small company accused of infringing a patent and a copyright involving a movie game; achieved complete dismissal of the case due to improper venue.
  • Integrated Direct Marketing, LLC v. Drew May and Merkle, Inc., Case No. 1:14-cv-1183 (E.D. Va. 2015), motion for summary judgment granted, dismissing a seven-count complaint in its entirety, which claimed over $55 million dollars in damages alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, violation of the Arkansas, North Carolina, and Virginia trade secret laws, intentional interference with business expectancies, and unjust enrichment.
  • TomTom, Inc. v. Adolph, No. 14-1699 (Fed. Cir.), multi-year patent infringement litigation representing patent owner at both the district court and appellate level involving technology to crowd-source the creation of digital maps; successfully appealed district court claim construction ruling, achieving complete reversal and remand.
  • Oracle America, Inc. v. Service Key, LLC, No. 4:12-cv-0790 (N.D. Cal.), successfully defended small business against allegations of copyright infringement relating to Unix operating system software.
  • ForceX, Inc. v. Technology Fusion, LLC et al., Case No. 4:11-cv-00088 (E.D. Va. 2011), defended a government contractor and its sole owner against a former employer against claims of breach of duty of loyalty and fiduciary duty, breach of contract, violation of Virginia’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and intentional interference with contract, all seeking punitive damages and injunctive relief. Successfully defended against a motion to expedite discovery with the court specifically finding that the former employer was unlikely to succeed on the merits and could not show irreparable harm, which a ruling subsequently resulted in the former employer withdrawing its motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order.
  • Quantum Systems Integrators, Inc. v. Sprint Nextel Corporation, No. 1:07-cv-00491 (E.D. Va.), successfully defended large company in copyright infringement trial involving network monitoring software.
  • Research in Motion Ltd. v. Eastman Kodak Co., No. 3:08-cv-2075 (N.D. Tex.), supported counter-claim plaintiff in expert discovery portion of multi-firm patent infringement suit involving object linking and embedding software within Internet browsers.
  • 602531 British Columbia, LTD v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, No. 08-cv-6023 (D. NJ), achieved voluntary dismissal with prejudice for defendant in a patent infringement suit involving automobile user interface software.
  • Automotive Technologies Int’l, Inc, v. Delphi Corp., et al., No. 2:08-cv-11048 (E.D. Mich.), represented defendant in patent infringement suit involving automotive air bag suppression technology; secured summary judgment of invalidity against all asserted patents.

SELECTED PATENTS AND PATENT APPLICATIONS

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE, AND THE RESULTS STATED BELOW DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

US 2016/0210518 Systems and Methods for Controlling the Recording, Storing and Transmitting of Video Surveillance Content.
US 2016/0210355 Searching and Classifying Unstructured Documents Based on Visual Navigation.
US 2016/0019458 Systems and Methods for Recognizing Objects in Radar Imagery.
US 2016/0171567 Universal Feedback System with Site-Local Data Acquisition and Presentation
US 9,626,445 Search Results Modulator
US 9,569,728 Deriving Semantic Relationships Based on Empirical Organization of Content by Users.
US 9,341,547 Automatic Re-Loading Air-Sampling and Pneumatic Transport System.
US 9,283,444 Direct Contact Racquet
US 9,262,535  Systems and Methods for Semantic Overlay for a Searchable Space.
US 9,159,251 Magnetic Fastener for Competitive Athletics.
US 6,381,345 Method and Apparatus for Detecting Eye Location in an Image.

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Courts in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and New York