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Intellectual Property & Technology

For almost every business, protecting and productively using intellectual property (IP) is a critical element of long-term growth and success. Charting a course that avoids legitimate IP claims by others can also be a critical business element. Put another way, brand management, patent portfolio planning, strategies for avoiding IP traps laid by others – along with programs for the use and enforcement of IP rights – should be key parts of every business plan. The Squire Sanders IP practice is well positioned both to help develop that part of your business plan and to help you execute it.

Many law firms make similar claims. The sum of three attributes – breadth of practice, global reach and commitment to client value – differentiates Squire Sanders from the rest of the pack. Our global IP team covers the five major areas of IP expertise: (1) patent protection and portfolio strategy; (2) brand protection, including trademark, copyright, and registered and unregistered design protection, and portfolio counseling; (3) trade secrets; (4) commercial agreements, including licenses, nondisclosure agreements, IT outsourcing advice and agreements, and M&A; and (5) IP litigation to enforce IP rights or defend against IP claims, whether in court, before administrative tribunals (e.g., the US or European Patent and Trademark Offices) or in arbitration.

We represent companies of all sizes, both in the United States and throughout the world, in the design and implementation of these programs. Experience in intellectual property law, combined with our ability to handle the largest of litigated cases and all forms of dispute resolution, enable us to assist businesses. We do so by actively protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights and properly defending them from charges of violating the intellectual property rights of others.

We also provide patent, trademark and copyright counseling to a large client base, including many in high technology. These companies span many diverse fields including the Internet, semiconductors, computer hardware and software, life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and avionics, computer imaging systems, process control systems, and electronic games and publishing.

Representative Clients
  • Bone Biologics, Inc.
  • Cleveland Biolabs, Inc.
  • Immersion Corporation
  • Konica Minolta Technosearch Co., Ltd
  • MegaPath Inc.  
  • The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies
  • The University System of Maryland
  • Sanritz Corporation
  • Sinopec Group
  • SolarWinds, Inc.
  • Thoratec Corporation
  • Transcentury, Inc.
  • Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Practice Expertise

Representative Experience

  • Representing a defendant in two trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement cases involving licensed software delivered to the defendant. The plaintiff claimed ownership of source code provided by the plaintiff to the defendant during the job in addition to licensed object code. The defendant maintained that it had acquired title to the source code. We successfully represented the defendant in both state court and federal court in two separate lawsuits, obtaining dismissal of all claims.
  • Representing a leading converged platform telecommunications equipment maker in patent enforcement action against a manufacturer of networking products. All claims were settled on favorable terms for our client.
  • Counseling a fantasy sports Web service regarding its intellectual property needs including the filing of patent applications.
  • Representing a financial services startup company based in New York City regarding intellectual property protection in Canada and the United States for names of stock indexes that it intends to market to other financial services companies.
  • Defending a leading multinational electronics manufacturer based in Japan and China in patent litigation brought by a German plaintiff in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and subsequently in a multidistrict litigation proceeding. The dispute arose from seven patents related to technology allegedly used in the manufacture of mini hard disk drives in China.
  • Advising a pharmaceuticals company as licensee in negotiations for a worldwide development and license agreement to produce, sell and sublicense a compound used in treating coronary disease.
  • Defending a patent infringement dispute involving indirect transfer printing technology. The case was settled based on mutually satisfactory business arrangements.
  • Advising NBA star LeBron James in the protection of intellectual property through monitoring and challenging unauthorized uses and perfecting rates as appropriate.
  • Representing the city of Cleveland in federal litigation brought under the Lanham Act to assert and protect the city's intellectual property rights to the name, colors and team history associated with the Cleveland Browns football team. That litigation was part of the firm's successful efforts that led to an unprecedented settlement with the National Football League and the team owner, guaranteeing Cleveland a new team for the city (with such intellectual property rights being retained for use by that team).

Case Studies

Dominican Republic IP Rights Enforcement

We acted for a major producer of alcoholic beverages whose trademarks were being violated by a local producer. As well as ensuring a Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) compliant-piece of legislation, we obtained the first e...

Teamwork Helps Cedar Fair Beat Heavy Competition to Acquire Five Amusement Parks

Situation:Cedar Fair, L.P., learned that CBS intended to sell its five US and Canadian Paramount amusement parks through an auction process. If Cedar Fair were able to acquire these parks, it could approximately double its holdings.Challenge:Cedar Fa...

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