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Intellectual Property - Representative Experience

  • Issues
  • Venue
  • Client Type
  • Lawyers
  • Full Description
  • Result
  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Defended a manufacturer in an action for patent infringement arising out of the defendants’ manufacture and sale of fans used by computer models with integrated LEDs.

  • The case was eventually dismissed through effective litigation against the defendant’s assertions that the plaintiff’s patent was invalid.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of Ohio
  • Defendant Metal Tool Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Defended a metal tool manufacturer in an action for patent infringement that was venued in the Western District of Ohio, and involved competing manufacturers of metal cutting and shaping tools known as end-mills.

  • While motions for summary judgment were pending, the plaintiff dismissed the lawsuit against our clients with prejudice, and provided our clients with a life-of-the-patent license at no cost. We proceeded to file an action for malicious prosecution in the District Court in California, and that matter is now pending review by the Ninth Circuit.

  • Trade Secrets
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Defendant Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Defended a manufacturer in a misappropriation of trade secrets action which arose when our clients left their former employer and opened a competing business in the area of manufacturing components for personal computers and other electronic devices.

  • We established that the majority of the information that was allegedly “misappropriated” was, in fact, public knowledge in the industry. The matter was settled favorably for our clients.

  • Breach of Contract
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Represented the plaintiff, a manufacturer, in a breach of contract lawsuit arising out of an earn-out provision in a contract for the purchase of our client's Software as Service (SaS) business that allowed web designers to see what their proposed web pages would look like while users were employing various internet browsers.

  • After we took the depositions of several key employees at the defendant's company who integrated the plaintiff’s software into the products that they offered, the matter was successfully settled in favor of our clients.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Defendant Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Represented the defendant, a manufacturer, in a case in which our client was accused of infringing a patent for cooling devices used in personal computers.

  • During a five day jury trial, the panel submitted a mixed verdict which found that all of the patents dependent claims were invalid but that the independent claims were not. This matter is pending appeal in the Federal Circuit Court.

  • Trade Secret Misappropriation; Trade Dress and Trademark Infringement; Unfair Competition; Fraud
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Doll Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Defended a doll manufacturer in a suit for trademark, trade name and trade dress misappropriation and unfair competition.

  • The matter settled prior to trial favorably for our client.
     

  • Trade Secret; Trade Dress; Unfair Competition
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Product Manufacturer
  • J. Mark Thacker
  • Defended a product manufacturer in a suit for trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secret and unfair competition arising out of manufacture and sale of ceiling systems.


     

  • The matter was settled for a minimal amount, to the complete satisfaction of the client.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • District Court
  • Plaintiff Toy Manufacturer
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • Represented the plaintiff, a toy manufacturer, in a copyright infringement case.


     

  • The district court denied the defendant toy manufacturer’s motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, holding that the memorialization of a previous oral assignment of the copyright to the plaintiff satisfied the applicable copyright laws and established the plaintiff as the copyright owner.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • District Court
  • Plaintiff Designer Watch Manufacturer
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • Represented the plaintiff, a designer watch manufacturer, in a copyright infringement case.


     

  • The district court granted a preliminary injunction in favor our client, finding likelihood of success of copyright infringement. On appeal, the court remanded for re-consideration in light of new developments. On reconsideration, the district court affirmed the preliminary injunction on copyright grounds and also added likelihood of success of trade dress infringement as grounds for preliminary injunction.

  • Patent Infringement
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defendant Handbag Manufacturer
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • Defended a handbag manufacturer in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

     

  • The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant on the basis that the defendant's accused product predates the invention. The decision was reversed on appeal, finding that the plaintiff had met its burden of showing a genuine issue of fact as to the validity of the patent.

  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets; Foreign Company
  • United States District Court for the District of Michigan
  • Defendant Taiwanese Based Company
  • Todd A. Roberts
  • Represented a Taiwanese based company with U.S. operations from allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets relating to an alleged proprietary manufacturing process.  The claim involved approximately $10 million in alleged damages.

     

  • Successfully compelled a dismissal with prejudice.

  • Patent Transfer
  • University Professor
  • François G. Laugier
  • Negotiated for a Berkeley University professor’s transfer of patented technology to a publicly-traded company.

  • Formation Through Late-Stage Growth of DSL Solutions Company
  • Mature Private Software Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Served as general corporate counsel to a startup founded by a Silicon Valley veteran and Stanford University professor. We represented the company in all aspects of incorporation, licensing to hardware and software companies, employment issues, domestic and international registration of trademarks, multiple rounds of financing, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance counseling, and negotiation of multi-year, multi-million dollar license to national and international providers in the communications industry.

  • Outside General Counsel from Formation to Acquisition
  • Software Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a US public company in its $3.5 million asset purchase of a Swiss company’s equipment and technology used in the manufacturing of women's apparel.9). Organized and represented a software company specializing in wireless communications software. Drafted and negotiated all bundling, joint development and distribution contracts with US, European and Asian partners. Prosecuted US trademarks. Handled a $ 17.5 million cash acquisition by the US public company.

  • Acquisition (For Sellers)
  • Selling Shareholders in Acquisition
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented the shareholders of French software company in the sale of their stock to a NASDAQ-traded corporation.

  • Formation and Growth of Clean-Tech Company
  • Clean Energy Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented an established European solar company (PV and thermal) in the organization and growth of its multi-state US operations. Created a library of contracts for all business purposes, Stock Option Plan, trademarks and assisted them in building their corporate team.

  • Formation Through Late-Stage Growth of Internet Company
  • Private Internet Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a Silicon Valley veteran in the organization of a new venture dedicated to Internet data mining. Organized corporation as investment vehicle for seed financing. Represented corporation in Series A through D Preferred Stock Issuance and coordinated financing from multiple international sources. Drafted technology licenses, a Stock Option Plan and agreements, employment contracts, and International (US, EU, Japan, Mexico, Canada) trademark applications.

  • LSAT; Copyright
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Defendant Test Preparation Company
  • John A. Koeppel
  • Defended our client in a case involving a copyright and defamation action between two test preparation companies which provided instructional services for the Law School Admissions Test (“LSAT”). The plaintiff accused the defendants, former employees who started a competing company, of copying its course materials and defaming the defendant on internet discussion boards using pseudonyms to disguise their identities. Summary judgment was granted in favor of defendants on the plaintiff’s unfair competition claim that the defendants helped students cheat on the LSAT. The plaintiff expended more than $8 million in fees and costs to litigate the case.


     

  • The plaintiff demanded $5 Million and a permanent injunction that would force the defendants out of business. The plaintiff rejected a large settlement offer and after a 25 day trial, the jury denied the plaintiff’s request for $18.5 Million and instead awarded $256,000. The plaintiff’s claims for trade libel and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage were dismissed on non-suit and directed verdict. The court denied the plaintiff’s request for a permanent injunction and stated that the course materials separately developed by defendants added significant originality to the to the test prep industry. Two articles about the trial were published in IP Law 360. A number of pre-trial issues are on appeal.

  • Trade Secret
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Defendant Computer Peripheral Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Defended a computer peripheral manufacturer in a suit involving a trade secret and related torts dispute.

  • Defeated a preliminary injunction and a favorable settlement was reached.

  • Trademark Infringement; Cybersquatting
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Manufacturer & Distributor
  • Michael J. Ioannou
  • Defended a manufacturer and distributor in a trademark infringement, cybersquatting and related torts case concerning  the use of an allegedly similar trade name, words and marks in the golf accessory industry. We were brought in two weeks prior to trial with admitted liability and a stipulated preliminary injunction.

     

  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for client during trial.

  • Patent Infringement
  • Defendant Software Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou
  • The plaintiff claimed our client, the defendant software manufacturer, was responsible for software patent infringement.

     

  • The case settled favorably for our client.

  • Trade Secret
  • Plaintiff Computer Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou
  • Represented the plaintiff and cross-defendant computer manufacturer. Claims by the defendant computer manufacturer included breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets.
     

  • Obtained a $3 million settlement for the plaintiff and a release of cross-claims.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: District of Arizona
  • Defendant Semiconductor Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou
  • Currently representing the defendant, a leader in the design and selling of semiconductor products, in the largest patent infringement case in the United States. The case involves more than 800 defendants/alleged infringers in lawsuits all over the country related to bar code/auto ID patents.

  • Breach of Fiduciary
  • Defendant Shelving Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou
  • Defended a shelving manufacturer in a case that included a related cross-complaint for breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets.

     

  • We achieved a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Copyright Infringement; Unfair Competition
  • USDC: Central District of California
  • Defendant Toy Importer
  • Stephen J. Erigero
  • Represented a toy importer in a case involving allegations of copyright infringement and unfair competition over an advertisement. Obtained the dismissal of right of publicity claims brought by individuals who appeared in the advertisement based upon the principle of copyright preemption of right of publicity claims.

  • The case was resolved by settlement.

  • Unfair Business Practices; Unfair Competition
  • California Court of Appeal, First District
  • Defendant Food & Catering Enterprise
  • Represented a food and catering enterprise in an Unfair Business Practice Act matter involving allegations of trade name infringement, unfair competition and Lanham Act violations.

  • Obtained a defense jury verdict.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Manufacturer
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Represented the plaintiff, a manufacturer, in an action for patent infringement involving competing manufacturers of integrated electric servo motors used in motion control applications such as robots and assembly lines.

  • The court modified its injunction, issued additional sanctions and the matter was resolved shortly thereafter.

  • Intellectual Property; Trade Secret; Copyright
  • State and Federal Court in Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Washington, Washington DC,
  • Defendant Life Science Company
  • David M. McLaughlin
  • Represented a biotechnology/life sciences company - Applied Biosystems and Applera (now known as Life Technologies, Inc.)-in trade secret and copyright protection matters involving DNA test kits and sequencing devices which use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology in numerous jurisdictions.

     

  • Successfully quashed numerous subpoenas demanding trade secret and unpublished developmental validation information

  • Copyright Infringement
  • Northern District- San Jose Division District Court
  • Defendant; Software Manufacturer
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant in a copyright infringement and related torts case concerning a license agreement in the medical software field.

  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • Federal Court, Southern District, San Diego
  • Defendant Computer Distributor
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • The plaintiff was a manufacturer and software designer that produced inks and computer "plug-ins" that enabled the user to print black and white photos in commonly available desktop printers designed to print photos in color. Our client was a marketing company that sold the plaintiff’s products under contract. Upon termination of the business relationship, the plaintiff accused the defendant of copyright infringement by improperly continuing sales of the software. The defendant was also accused of trade disparagement.

  • Pre-trial negotiations yielded an initial demand from the plaintiffs of $2 million which was further reduced to $995,000 right before trial. After a two week trial, the jury returned a verdict favorable to the plaintiff in the amount of $155,000 on the trade libel claim only. However, before trial, summary judgment was granted in favor of the defendant on the copyright infringement claim resulting in the defendants being awarded attorneys fees in an amount that exceeded the verdict on the trade libel claim.

  • Trademark Infringement
  • Federal Court, Central District, Santa Ana
  • Defendant Delicatessen
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • Represented the defendant in a trademark infringement case in which a mid-sized producer of Italian foods sued our client, a family-owned delicatessen, for infringing on the use of their gourmet food mark used on sandwiches sold to local schools.

  • Summary Judgment was granted in the defendants’ favor based on the First Sale Doctrine. The case was declared “exceptional" and the defense fees were enhanced and returned to the client’s carrier.

  • Trademark Infringement
  • Federal Court, Central District, Santa Ana
  • Defendant Food Manufacturer
  • Arnold  E. Sklar
  • The plaintiff, an international manufacturer of potato chips, had manufactured and nationally distributed a product using a specific term in 1982. The defendant, a competing potato chips manufacturer,  had used the same term on its own brand of potato chips since 1986. Neither party had obtained federal trademark registrations for the term. The plaintiff filed suit for trademark infringement and false designation of origin. Prior to trial the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed all claims for money damages to avoid a jury trial. Upon receiving survey evidence during a two and one half week bench trial, the court rendered a verdict in favor of the defense determining that the term was generic and thus not protectable.

  • Settlement negotiations resulted in no agreement to stop use of the term, or payment of monies to the plaintiff. Prior to trial, the plaintiff dismissed all claims for money damages, to avoid jury trial. Two and half week Court trial. Court verdict in defense favor, term deemed generic, free for use by all producers of these types of potato chips. Favorable decision published Classic Foods Int’l Corp. v. Kettle Foods, Inc., 468 F.Supp.2d 1181 (C.D. Cal. 2007).

  • Breach of Contract, Fraud, Trademark Infringement, Domain Name
  • Marin County Superior Court
  • Plaintiff Online Business
  • Spencer C. Martinez
  • Represented the plaintiff in action against a foreign business for breach of a contract to create a collaborative website and to redress theft of trade secret data, trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

     

  • The defendant brought a motion to transfer the action to the United Kingdom, relying on Hague Convention’s provisions regarding forum selection as applied to the parties’ written agreements.  We defeated the motion, and the defendant thereafter opted not to defend the claim. 
     

  • Trade Secret Misappropriation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Computer Fraud And Abuse Act
  • USDC; Northern District of California
  • Defendant Former Officer/ Employee
  • Spencer C. Martinez
  • Represented a former employee accused of assisting other employees with misappropriating protected trade secrets for use in a new competing company.

     

  • Defeated an early summary judgment motion by the plaintiff, premised upon purported circumstantial indicia of wrongdoing.  Successfully defended against allegations that employee had wrongfully accessed protected computers and communications, harmed or misappropriated employer’s data, and thereby worked harm to the employer and its interests.  The matter settled shortly thereafter.

  • Trade Secret Misappropriation; Trademark Infringement; Copyright; Electronic Communications Privacy Act; Computer Fraud And Abuse Act; Breach Of Contract
  • USDC, District of Nevada—Southern Division (Las Vegas)
  • Plaintiff Developer of Online Marketing Technology Solutions and Services
  • Spencer C. Martinez
  • Represented the plaintiff in an action to redress the theft of protected data, misuse of software in violation of software license, and harm to protected computers by former employees and “spin-off” competing entity.

     


     

  • We obtained an emergency Temporary Restraining Order to enjoin the exploitation or other use of our Client’s protected trade secret data.  We also sought and obtained a seizure order and order directing expedited discovery directed to the defendants’ removal and attempt to conceal computer data, defendant’s ostensible violation of its software license agreement with our Client, and other highly relevant and discoverable evidence. Upon the expedited discovery, we successfully moved for preliminary injunction continuing the protections of the TRO in place.  Upon learning compelling evidence that the injunction had been violated through the continuing use of protected data, we applied to the Court for an order finding defendants in contempt.  The matter settled shortly thereafter.  

  • Attorney malpractice; patent
  • US District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • Third Party Defendant Law Firm/Lawyer
  • Andrew L. Margulis
  • Legal malpractice case arising out of a patent application.  Plaintiff invented a video game involving targeted in-game advertising and sought patent protection.  Patent application was prepared and filed. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant lawyers/law firm made errors in preparing the patent application and failed to follow through with prosecution of the patent application on a timely basis thereby forfeiting plaintiffs' patent rights in their invention.  Plaintiffs sought $150-200 Million as damages consisting of lost royalties and licensing opportunities for the patent they would have obtained.

  • After nearly a three week jury trial, we moved for a directed verdict following the defendants' case in chief.  Immediately prior to the court's ruling on our motion and before the case being delivered to the jury, the defendants withdrew their claims against our clients with no consideration or any amounts being paid to defendants on behalf of our clients.

  • computer; internet; LED
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Seller of patent embodiments
  • Lael D. Andara
  • United States Patent No. 6,679,771on a light-emitting computer cooling fan formed by multiple light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which technology was patented in 2004. Initial efforts to license or have the product taken off the market failed
    resulting in the lawsuit. We were able to negotiate a settlement including a consent judgment and permanent injunction prior to any significant discovery or claim construction.

  • Obtained a settlement for the Patent holder including a consent judgment and permanent injunction

  • contract, net share, music
  • N/A
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Client was in negotiations with a record company as to his continuing his activities as a music producer and writer in an exclusive capacity.  Review and counseled on offered contract.  Counsel as to how to obtain copyrights on music compositions.  

  • web page; airport;
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff County Agency running Airport
  • Lael D. Andara
  • Trademark Infringement and Cyberpiracy related to government website.  When a user typed in "Sonoma County Airport" into an internet search, two sites would appear:  one for the "Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport," and  "Sonoma County Airport.com--Visit Sonoma County."  The latter was defendant's "travel" site, she had registered the domain name sonomacountyairport.com in June of 2001, which we asserted was creating consumer confusion for those seeking information about the airport. The County who held a common law trademark on “Sonoma County Airport,”  first used the mark in connection with the Airport in 1946, a year before the County accepted transfer of the Airport’s property from the federal government. After written discovery and deposition the matter reached a confidential settlement and Sonoma County acquired the disputed URL for the Charles M. Schulz Airport.

  • Confidential settlement and acquisition of the disputed URL for the Charles M. Schulz Airport.

  • Footwear; Apparel; Licensing; Trademark; International
  • Fashion Company
  • Represented a Canadian footwear and apparel company in connection with its worldwide licensing deal and the registration of its trademarks in over 15 countries.

  • fashion; apparel; distribution; clothing; international
  • Non-Profit Technology Company
  • Represented fashion and lifestyle apparel company in connection with its negotiation and execution of a global distribution deal to provide additional sales, marketing, e-commerce, operations and financial support to the brand.

  • trade secret; misappropriation; UTSA; sober living environment
  • County of Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Plaintiff Owner of Sober Living Environment Homes
  • Todd A. Roberts
  • Represented plaintiff owner of sober living environment homes against former district manager who set up competing business and diverted clients from plaintiff.  Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the defendant, leading to favorable settlement and stipulated permanent injunction.

  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the defendant, leading to favorable settlement and stipulated permanent injunction.

  • Trademark media technology international
  • United States District Court
  • Optical Media Manufacturer
  • Robert A. Rivas
  • Client US optical media manufacturer and brand owner brought action in US District Court alleging trademark and trade dress infringement against Taiwanese manufacturer and competitor.

  • Settled favorably and obtained permanent injunction.

  • Trade dress, label, packaging
  • United States District Court, Central District
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturer
  • Robert A. Rivas
  • Client non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer sued competitor for trade dress infringement over design of packaging and label.

  • Settled favorably.

  • Insurance coverage; trademark infringement; slogan infringement
  • USDC: Eastern District of California
  • Stacy Monahan Tucker
  • 3D International was sued by plaintiff for trademark infringement for use of a similar product name and mark.  3D tendered the suit to Peerless Insurance Company under its business liability insurance policy.  That policy excluded coverage for claims of trademark infringement, so the claim was denied.  3D alleged that the "trademark infringement" was properly "slogan infringement," which was covered under the policy.  3D then counter-sued Peerless as a third party defendant in the existing action.  

  • The court granted our motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that our analysis was correct and the issues in the Boler complaint related to trademark infringement and not slogan infringement as 3D argued.  Peerless was dismissed from the litigation with prejudice.

  • Intellectual Property; Breach of Contract; Defamation; Fraud; Misrepresentation
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Defendant Private Client
  • Gregory M. Gentile
  • Successfully represented a local business entrepreneur in a complex partnership dispute between two joint venturers involving intellectual property.  The claims were for breach of contract, defamation and fraud.  Prosecuted those claims on behalf of the client while defending claims of misrepresentation and conversion.  Defended the client at binding arbitration, obtaining a large monetary award from the arbitrator.

  • Defensed the case at a binding arbitration and successfully prosecuted claims of client.

  • Negligence; Misrepresentation
  • San Mateo County Superior Court
  • Defendant Home Inspection Company
  • Gregory M. Gentile
  • Successfully represented a home inspection company and home inspector as to claims of negligence and misrepresentation.  The claims against the clients were part of a group litigation filed by a homeowner against the real estate agents, their brokers and inspectors who were involved in the sale of the home.  The homeowner claimed undisclosed and undocumented defects pertaining to their purchase of their home. 

  • Successfully resolved the matter on behalf of the clients by bringing a motion for summary judgment.

  • Trade Secret
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court, Sixth District Court of Appeal
  • Software Inventor
  • Susan H. Handelman
  • Represented an inventor against an internet based stock trading company in a trade secret case in which the court of appeal reversed the trial court's decision on our client's motion for nonsuit; damages for misappropriation of a trade secret.

  • The court remanded the case for trial on the damages issue.

  • Trade Dress, Spirits
  • United States District Court, Central District
  • Spirits Brand Manufacturer
  • Robert A. Rivas
  • Celebrity-owned vodka brand, Crystal Head Vodka, sued client Kah Tequila brand manufacturer alleging trade dress infringement over design and shape of a spirits bottle claiming the calavera shaped tequila bottle infringed trade dress of crystal skull vodka bottle. 

  • Successful on motion to dismiss second amended complaint allowing brand to launch and go on to sell hundreds of thousands of cases.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Technology IT Services Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the plaintiff, an IT services company, in a matter involving copyright infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and declaratory relief related to the selling and licensing of products that enable integration and migration solutions for different business processes across heterogeneous systems by and through intelligent adapters.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for the client.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: District of Arizona
  • Defendant Semiconductor Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Representing the defendant, a semiconductor manufacturer, in a patent infringement case alleged against our client and other semiconductor companies.

  • Obtained a settlement to our client’s satisfaction.

  • Trademark Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California- San Francisco Division
  • Defendant Winery
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Defended a winery in a case in which the plaintiff claimed infringement and unfair competition related to the sale of wine under a specific name.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Trademark Infringement, False Advertising
  • USDC: Northern District of California, San Jose Division
  • Plaintiff Semiconductor Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the plaintiff, a semiconductor company, in a case alleging trademark infringement and false advertising involving Maxim's flagship "Maxim" mark.

  • The case settled favorably for Maxim after obtaining a stipulated order for a permanent injunction, which caused the defendant to change its mark.

  • Trademark Infringement; Breach of Contract
  • USDC: Northern District of California - San Francisco Division District Court
  • Defendant Call Center
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant, a call center, in a trademark infringement and breach of contract related to licensing/distributorship agreement lawsuit.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for our client.
     

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Furniture Reseller
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant, a furniture reseller, in a patent infringement action related to a computer keyboard.

  • A favorable settlement was reached for our client.

  • Copyright Infringement; Trade Secret
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Managment Consulting Group
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the plaintiff/defendant, a management consulting group, and the defendant, the president of the management consulting group, in this copyright, trade secret case.

  • A favorable settlement was reached.

  • Patent; Trademark Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Software Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant, a software company, in this patent, trademark and related torts action involving the sale of software that allegedly infringed both patents and trademarks of the plaintiff.

  • A favorable settlement was reached after obtaining evidence of fraud from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on the part of the plaintiff.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Eastern District of California
  • Defendant
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant in a case involving a copyright infringement action related to the use of the “Barney” character.

  • Negotiated a favorable license agreement and settlement for the client.

  • Trade Secret
  • San Fracisco County Superior Court
  • Defendant
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant in a case involving trade secret claims regarding an environmental testing field.

  • A settlement favorable to our client was reached.

  • Trademark Infringement
  • San Luis Obispo County Superior Court
  • Defendant Sporting Goods Store
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Defended a sporting goods store accused of trademark infringement, trade dress violations and unfair competition related to the use of State University logos and marks on articles of clothing.

  • Defeated a preliminary injunction on behalf of our client.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California- San Jose
  • Defendant; Broadcasting Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the defendant, a broadcasting company, in this copyright infringement action concerning consignment and resale of original art/pictures.

  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for our client.
     

  • Trade Secrets; Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Circuit Court for the State of Oregon, County of Multnomah
  • Plaintiff Semiconductor Company
  • Michael J. Ioannou, Lita M. Verrier
  • Represented the plaintiff, a semiconductor company, in a matter involving misappropriation of proprietary information and trade secrets, breach of a mutual non-disclosure agreement,  breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of an employment agreement, unfair competition, breach of the duty of loyalty and declaratory and injunctive relief.

  • Obtained a confidential, favorable result for our client.