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  • Trade Secret Misappropriation; Trade Dress and Trademark Infringement; Unfair Competition; Fraud
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Defendant Doll Manufacturer
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Defendant Computer Peripheral Manufacturer
  • Intellectual PropertyTrade Secret Protection and Litigation
  • 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
  • Copyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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.

  • Trade Secret
  • Plaintiff Computer Manufacturer
  • Intellectual PropertyTrade Secret Protection and Litigation
  • 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.

  • Breach of Lease
  • Defendant Real Estate Investment & Development Company
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Represented the defendant, a real estate investment and development company, in a breach of commercial lease (quarry operation), interference with business advantage, conspiracy to interfere and other related tort claims suit.

  • The demand prior to trial by the plaintiff was in excess of $5,000,000 against the buyer defendants. The settlement offer was in excess of $2,000,000. The case was tried for six months before a jury. We obtained a favorable verdict for our client (all tort claims and the breach of contract claim were limited to an $80,000 damage payment).
     

  • Real Estate
  • Alameda County Superior Court
  • Defendant Insurance Provider
  • Real Estate
  • Represented the defendants, an insurance provider, in a suit brought by a leading producer of fabricated aluminum products over the sale of their real estate subsidiary. The case involved 300,000 acres of real estate sold in California and Hawaii with myriad of complex issues involving a $500 million purchase agreement.
     

  • The case settled on favorable terms for our client.
     

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: District of Arizona
  • Defendant Semiconductor Manufacturer
  • Intellectual PropertyPatent Prosecution, Licensing and Litigation
  • 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
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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.

  • Real Estate
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Business and Commercial LitigationReal Estate
  • Represented a client in a real estate litigation suit involving a purchase by a retirement development company of the lease hold interests in four assisted-living condominium projects. The landlords claimed the ability to increase rent to fair market value (rent increase dispute in excess of $1,000,000 per year for lease extensions for the next ten years).
     

  • The case settled pursuant to a favorable confidential settlement and release.

  • M&A
  • USDC Northern District
  • Defendant International Public Software/IT Outsourcing Company
  • Business and Commercial LitigationCorporate TransactionsMergers & Acquisitions
  • This federal action was brought by plaintiffs against our client for breach of merger agreement for failure to pay $20 million based on an "earn out" formula in the merger agreement.  

  • The trial started with bifurcated in limine motions.  Case settled after a favorable ruling denying plaintiffs' motion to exclude evidence of unclean hands of plaintiff.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • Plaintiff Technology IT Services Company
  • Business and Commercial LitigationCopyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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.

  • Fiduciary Duty; Trust
  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Defendant Semiconductor Company and Trustee
  • Professional Liability
  • Represented the defendants, a semiconductor company and trustee, in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty regarding trusts and trust administration. 
     

  • The claims against both of the defendants in the matter were defeated by summary judgment, resulting in a complete defense of the case.

  • Patent Infringement
  • USDC: District of Arizona
  • Defendant Semiconductor Company
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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
  • Copyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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
  • Copyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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.
     

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Eastern District of California
  • Defendant
  • Copyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • USDC: Northern District of California- San Jose
  • Defendant; Broadcasting Company
  • Copyright, Domain Name and Trademark LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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
  • Business and Commercial LitigationIntellectual Property
  • 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.