Intellectual Property Litigation
When competitors refuse to recognize the rights of our clients, Much Shelist IP lawyers counsel clients on ways to protect and enforce their rights, including through litigation. We litigate disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, antitrust, unfair competition, violation of non-compete agreements, and dealer and distributor termination.
Our attorneys have represented clients seeking to either enforce a patent or defend against a claim of patent infringement. We have argued matters in jury and bench trials, and we have an extensive knowledge of diverse areas of the arts and sciences. We help guide inventors, patent holders, and small to large entities through the myriad issues of patent license demands and complex patent litigation.
Conflict assessment is an important part of the litigation process. Our astute team of attorneys can provide an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the key issues of patent claim coverage, infringement or non-infringement, and patent invalidity. Design-around options, license or other negotiations, or substantive defenses may be strategically explored for early resolution. If necessary, our patent litigators can prosecute or defend all stages of federal district court patent litigation or Federal Circuit appeals. They can also challenge or defend patents before the USPTO or in foreign jurisdictions through our network of foreign associates.
Our IP litigators enforce the trademark rights of our clients. Much Shelist attorneys have also successfully stopped infringers from misusing trademarks on websites, metatags and domain names. Our attorneys are well prepared to cancel, oppose and defend our clients' trademarks in the state and federal courts, as well as in front of the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Much Shelist's IP litigators have participated in many copyright cases, including representation of copyright owners claiming infringement and those defending against claims of infringement.
Trade Secret Litigation
Our attorneys have sued on behalf of clients who believed their trade secrets were being improperly disclosed and used.