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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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 - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Irvine, 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
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Labor and Employment Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Media Law
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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:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
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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 - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Morgan Chu was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Morgan Chu

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Technology Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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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 - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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Robert E. Freitas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Robert E. Freitas

Freitas & Weinberg LLP
  • Location:
    Redwood Shores, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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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 Commercial Litigation
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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 Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate 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:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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 Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, 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:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation 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 - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada Los Angeles, California Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent 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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Andrew B. Serwin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew B. Serwin

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Privacy and Data Security Law Information Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property 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:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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 - Intellectual Property Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Vernon M. Winters was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Vernon M. Winters

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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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:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property

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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.