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Intellectual Property

Prepared demand letters for client facing widespread infringement of registered trademark. Communicated with counsel for infringers and obtained agreements to cease using mark.
Oversaw management of patent portfolios and preparation of and revised patent applications and responses to office actions.
Prepared two recent Customs petitions for clients experiencing product seizure and penalties, with the result of 100% and 90% penalty decreases, respectively. One of these results was particularly difficult to obtain because the client had in fact violated registered intellectual property rights with products it had manufactured in China for U.S. sales.
Prepared franchise agreement for client launching new franchise venture, including key terms of trademark license and business operations requirements. Prepared disclosure and registration documents required to comply with federal and state franchise disclosure and registration laws.
We help enforce copyright and trademark rights for a client with substantial intellectual property assets. Our work includes investigating and analyzing potentially infringing activities, recommending business-appropriate strategies for enforcing and preserving the client's intellectual property rights, and implementing those strategies.
Represented a consumer products company from angel financings to approximately $20 million in investment by private equity funds. Along the way, we assisted with trademark protection, employment matters, and a wide range of business relationships.
Involved patent claims against the United States involving light-emitting diode technology.
Involved false advertising claims. 
Involved trademark-infringement claims, including obtaining insurance coverage for defense.
Assisted a biotechnology client with a merger into a larger affiliated company. Our work included performing due diligence to identify potential risks, determining the scope of the businesses' patent rights in valuable technology, and preparing merger documents and corporate filings related to the transaction.
Obtained partial summary judgment and entry of permanent injunction in this Lanham Act false advertising case.
Involved trademark claims in the TTAB and federal district court.
Managed due diligence process, prepared letter of intent, and negotiated and prepared acquisition agreement and all other transaction documentation in $30 million strategic acquisition of target corporation effected through an exchange of shares by private-equity-backed company, with simultaneous negotiation of new credit line terms from our client’s principal lender.
TTAB opposition proceeding.
TTAB cancellation proceeding.
Assisted client and in-house counsel by providing legal documentation support for sales of operations spanning Europe and Asia.
Involved patent and trade-secret claims involving chemical processes.
TTAB cancellation proceeding.
Counseled client on and prepared response to trademark office action, in order to overcome objections and obtain registration.
We acted as counsel to Cascade Corporation in all aspects of its $760 million acquisition by Toyota Industries Corporation. The negotiated transaction was structured as a public tender offer followed by a merger of a subsidiary of Toyota Industries into Cascade in which all shares not acquired in the tender offer were acquired for the tender offer price. Prior to the transaction, Cascade was a public reporting company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Represented snack-food manufacturer in patent and trade dress litigation.
  • Defended publishing company against a claim for trademark infringement.
  • Represent clean tech company in shareholder derivative suit alleging that officer converted company’s intellectual property to start competing business (King County Sup. Ct., ongoing).
  • Represent Fortune 100 technology company in noncompete, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreement disputes (ongoing).
  • Represented executive in a high-profile lawsuit brought by former employer, asserting claims that our client misappropriated trade secrets, violated fiduciary duties, and breached contractual obligations. Settled before trial.
  • Defended blogger alleged to have infringed copyrights of a professional football scouting organization, successfully arguing that the use was a fair use.
  • Secured preliminary and permanent injunctions and return of two domain names to company whose former IT employee had commandeered its websites and e-mail address.