Find Lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Robert S. Brennen is a trial lawyer who aggressively represents businesses, universities, and individuals in disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property, control of corporations, contracts, and real estate. His clients have included manufacturers, distributors, importers, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, insurance underwriters, real estate developers, on-line brokerages, software designers, financial institutions, and recording compan...
Mr. Craig is a practicing patent attorney who represents scientists, engineers and technology-oriented companies. He helps clients protect, defend and commercialize their intellectual property. Formerly an electronic design and software engineer, Mr. Craig has more than 20 years of experience in patent procurement, licensing and transactions as well as in trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret issues. He also represents clients in all phases of patent litigation, including distric...
Mr. Moulsdale co-chairs the Cyber Security, Information Management & Privacy practice at Whiteford Taylor & Preston. His practice focuses on licensing, IP, data security, privacy and other e-commerce and technology-related legal issues that organizations face, both in the U.S. and internationally. He regularly counsels a wide range of organizations – including financial institutions, software vendors, and trade associations – in connection with their most significant data ...
Mr. Stone serves as Co-Chair of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston's Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group, and has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, software, electrical, chemical, biomedical, and business method arts; the preparation and prosecution of Patent Cooperation Treaty (" PCT ") applications and foreign applications; and the performance of patentability analyses and preparation of patentability opinions. He ...
Represented telecommunications sales management software developer in licensing, copyright and trade secret dispute before three member AAA panel Represented international flooring manufacturer in patent infringement suit before International Trade Commission Represented mobile office and storage leasing company in patent infringement matter Represented publicly traded company in federal trademark disputes Represented City of Baltimore in negotiations with telecommunications carriers for inst...
Megan McGinnis represents businesses and individuals in commercial litigation in federal and state courts, including matters related to misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, fraud, corporate and partnership breakups, breach of fiduciary duty, distribution and franchise disputes, commercial contract disputes, and other business torts. She also has defended physicians, other healthcare providers, and hospitals in medical malpractice actions.
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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