Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Intellectual Property. It’s all we do.

While a patent holder is entitled to a limited monopoly, the patent may not be used to unlawfully restrain trade, which can lead to disputes. We understand our clients’ technology and the complex legal issues surrounding it.

Our litigators have experience prosecuting and procuring patent, trademark or copyright protection. This expertise allows us to handle litigation encompassing:

  • Patent infringement or interference
  • Trademark or service mark infringement
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Deceptive business practices
  • Copyright infringement
  • Unfair competition
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information
  • IP-related anti-trust issues
  • License agreements
  • Employee contract disputes and actions

Winning isn’t everything in IP litigation — at times, avoidance, negotiation, settlement or licensing may be better strategies than protracted and expensive litigation. Knowing that, we produce strategic results that are designed to work for each client’s situation and needs.

Sample Reported Cases:
Premium Balloon Accessories, Inc. v. Creative Balloons Mfg., 573 Fed. Appx. 54, (USCA 6th Circuit, August 2014).
Cleveland State University v. CampusEAI Consortium, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Cancellation No. 92053509, May, 2014
Dudley v. HealthSource Chiropractic, Inc., 883 F Supp 2d 377, (W.D. NY. August, 2012)
Euclid Chemical Co. v. Vector Corrosion Techs., Inc, 561 F.3d 1340, (USCA 6th Circuit, April 2009)
Dudley v. HealthSource Chiropractic, Inc., 585 F. Supp. 2d 433, 439 (W.D. NY. 2008)
Antonious v. Spalding & Evenflo Cos., Inc., 281 F.3d 1258 (Fed. Cir. 2002)
Microsoft Corp. v. Action Software, 136 F. Supp.2d 73 (N.D. Ohio 2001)

Contact Fay Sharpe now at 216.363.9000 to assess and pursue the best litigation or dispute resolution option for your situation.