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Intellectual Property

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.
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.
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 biopharmaceutical company in declaratory action challenging noncompete agreements of new hires in response to lawsuit brought by their former employer in another state. (King County Sup. Ct., ongoing)
  • Represent multinational technology company in noncompete, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreement disputes (ongoing)
  • Defended multinational technology company in suit by former employee alleging that client conspired to exclude her from the industry. Court dismissed claims before discovery over plaintiff’s objection. (W.D. Wash. 2021)
  • 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.