Find Lawyers in Tampa, Florida for Litigation - Intellectual Property
A seasoned business and commercial litigator, Les Joughin has substantial experience handling complex, high-stakes disputes. Clients turn to Les for help with their most difficult legal issues, including litigating and resolving disputes involving business torts; franchisor/franchisee relationships; stock and asset purchase agreements; shareholder and partnership relationships; and non-competition, confidentiality agreements, and trade secrets. His litigation experience also includes disputes...
Jim Matulis is currently one of less than 1% of all Florida attorneys to be certified by The Florida Bar as an Expert in Intellectual Property Law. Although Jim has received a number of accolades from his peers for his practice relating to Intellectual Property, he is most honored by his five -time selection as Lawyer of the Year for Tampa by Best Lawyers in America®-– i n 2013 & 2017 for Trademark Law, and in 2016 & 2019 for Intellectual Property Litigation and in 2021 for ...
Litigation - Intellectual Property Definition
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.
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