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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
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    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
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    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
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    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Communications Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Media Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
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    Entertainment Law - Music First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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Morgan Chu was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Morgan Chu

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Technology Law Patent Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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Douglas C. Emhoff was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Douglas C. Emhoff

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Redwood Shores, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Andra Barmash Greene was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andra Barmash Greene

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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John W. Keker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John W. Keker

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    South San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Redwood Shores, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Appellate Practice Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Malibu, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance

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Litigation - Intellectual Property Definition

Intellectual property (“IP”) rights are rooted in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. IP litigation involves disputes relating to the protected creations of the human mind, including discoveries, inventions, artistic works, processes, and products. Since IP is protected by state and federal laws, these disputes are litigated in both court systems, as well as by arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution forums. And, given the global marketplace, IP rights are also an international concern.

IP is protected by specific laws relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; these laws acknowledge an innovator’s ownership of his or her novel creation and give that innovator the exclusive right, for a defined period of time, to use and benefit from it.

Litigation of IP matters takes several forms. One involves patents, which cover inventions on designs and products, as well as the processes through which they are manufactured or used. Patent infringement refers to the unauthorized use of a patented invention, at which point litigation can arise. A “Hatch-Waxman” litigation is a particular kind of patent dispute involving generic versus brand pharmaceutical products and processes and infringement of the patent(s) covering these.

Trademarks and copyrights also can be infringed. A trademark can be a symbol, logo, word, sound, color, or name that identifies the source of a product and distinguishes it from that of others. Copyrights protect works of authorship, such as writings, music, and art. Copyrights and trademarks grant holders exclusive rights to use their works, and an unauthorized use can lead to litigation. Trade secrets are information that companies keep secret to give them an advantage over competitors. Misappropriation of trade secrets is a typical litigation scenario when such information is taken without authority.

Licensing disputes can arise that relate to any of these protections. A licensing agreement is essentially a contract between an IP rights owner and an entity authorized to use such rights, usually in exchange for an agreed upon fee or royalty. The extent to which parties do or do not follow the terms of that contract often engenders this type of litigation.

Other kinds of IP litigation can include variations of the above, including trademark dilution, “cybersquatting,” pirated and “knock-off” commercial goods, domain name disputes, domestic and foreign customs seizures, and unfair competition.

IP assets are a valuable foundation of any successful venture, so when unauthorized use occurs, disputes are bound to arise.

David E. De Lorenzi, Intellectual Property Department Chair
Gibbons P.C.

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Intellectual property (“IP”) rights are rooted in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. IP litigation involves disputes relating to the protected creations of the human mind, including discoveries, inventions, artistic works, processes, and products. Since IP is protected by state and federal laws, these disputes are litigated in both court systems, as well as by arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution forums. And, given the global marketplace, IP rights are also an international concern.

IP is protected by specific laws relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; these laws acknowledge an innovator’s ownership of his or her novel creation and give that innovator the exclusive right, for a defined period of time, to use and benefit from it.

Litigation of IP matters takes several forms. One involves patents, which cover inventions on designs and products, as well as the processes through which they are manufactured or used. Patent infringement refers to the unauthorized use of a patented invention, at which point litigation can arise. A “Hatch-Waxman” litigation is a particular kind of patent dispute involving generic versus brand pharmaceutical products and processes and infringement of the patent(s) covering these.

Trademarks and copyrights also can be infringed. A trademark can be a symbol, logo, word, sound, color, or name that identifies the source of a product and distinguishes it from that of others. Copyrights protect works of authorship, such as writings, music, and art. Copyrights and trademarks grant holders exclusive rights to use their works, and an unauthorized use can lead to litigation. Trade secrets are information that companies keep secret to give them an advantage over competitors. Misappropriation of trade secrets is a typical litigation scenario when such information is taken without authority.

Licensing disputes can arise that relate to any of these protections. A licensing agreement is essentially a contract between an IP rights owner and an entity authorized to use such rights, usually in exchange for an agreed upon fee or royalty. The extent to which parties do or do not follow the terms of that contract often engenders this type of litigation.

Other kinds of IP litigation can include variations of the above, including trademark dilution, “cybersquatting,” pirated and “knock-off” commercial goods, domain name disputes, domestic and foreign customs seizures, and unfair competition.

IP assets are a valuable foundation of any successful venture, so when unauthorized use occurs, disputes are bound to arise.