Intellectual Property Litigation

News & Insights

05 Jun Press

David Becker Quoted on Law360 Website

David Becker, a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Freeborn, was quoted in the article, “Lawyers Weigh In On Obama ‘Patent Troll’ Initiatives.” The article was published on June 5, 2013, on the Law360 website.
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29 May Insight

The Ugly Side of Social Media

Jacob Koering, a Partner in the Firm's Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, describes the risks of social media in his article “The ugly side of social media: A recent case concerning the famous Coyote Ugly saloon highlights the need for policy implementation,” published May 24, 2013, on InsideCounsel.com.
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Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented coffee roaster and coffee house owner in trademark and copyright litigation with artist, with client obtaining all intellectual property rights to the relevant artwork.

  • Helped multiple clients compel insurance providers to cover the cost of defense and even offer indemnity in an array of situations where companies have been sued, ranging from IP infringement to interfering with contract rights. Often this has occurred in situations where the client may not have even considered checking their insurance policies to determine if coverage would be provided.

  • For a large national bank, prosecuted a claim against a software vendor for fraud in the sale and delivery of a software product leading to a $3.4 million recovery of licensing fees and other costs.

  • Prosecuted complex trade secret and trademark infringement litigation resulting in a consent injunction requiring return of all trade secret information and other intellectual property.

  • Defended a foreign vodka manufacturing company in a trademark infringement claim resulting in settlement permitting clients to continue use of accused name. 

  • Represented a client in litigation enforcing a patent portfolio covering the design and use of handheld computer devices.

  • Represented a client in litigation to enforce patent rights relating to an extensive portfolio of radio-frequency identification (“RFID”) patents.

  • Represented a publicly traded maker of automatic identification and data capture equipment through nationwide, multi-jurisdictional litigation against one of its largest competitors, securing favorable settlements in all matters.

  • Represented client in litigation of false advertising claims against a competitor and defending against patent-infringement claims relating to windshield wiper blades.

  • Represented intellectual property owners in proceedings before the International Trade Commission.

  • Obtained preliminary injunction in trademark infringement action precluding defendants from using the client's corporate logo in a 30-page ruling from the United States District Court in Massachusetts.

  • Acting as “in-house” counsel on behalf of numerous clients in connection with day-to-day intellectual property, marketing and contract issues, including reviewing and drafting supplier agreements, private label agreements and intellectual property agreements.

  • Negotiated licenses with the Collegiate Licensing Company and CAPS (Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos, which represents the NHL, NFL, MLB and other leagues) in connection with client’s use of professional team names and colors on its products.

  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuits asserting defamation and commercial disparagement claims on behalf of numerous clients.

  • Represented a Big 10 university in litigation regarding copyright ownership dispute and trademark infringement relating to the university’s logo and obtained favorable resolution for the client. 

  • Represented national auto parts supplier in lengthy trade dress and trademark litigation which resulted in favorable settlement and acquisition of infringing company.

  • Second-chair trial counsel in patent infringement action before the International Trade Commission (ITC) resulting in favorable settlement for client, a supplier of aftermarket automotive parts.

  • Successfully obtained emergency and preliminary injunctive relief on behalf of national consulting firm in multiple cases involving breaches of restrictive covenants and use of trade secrets by departing employees.

  • Successfully used UDRP proceedings to transfer domain names to numerous clients and successfully defended a UDRP proceeding which resulted in a decision that the “Complaint was brought in bad faith and constitutes an abuse of the administrative proceeding.”