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Intellectual Property Litigation

Few firms match the record and capabilities of Coats + Bennett for intellectual property litigation. Leveraging our experience and expertise in intellectual property and technology, we litigate complex patent, trademark and copyright disputes throughout the United States. Being responsive to our clients, we make every effort to promptly and efficiently accomplish their objectives in resolving disputes. We are also intellectually tenacious and passionate about the quality of our representation. We are smart, responsive, and passionate about the quality of our work. When it comes to safeguarding your future and protecting your ideas, identities, and expressions, Coats + Bennett is your strategy to win.

Decades of intellectual property litigation experience provides us with the skills and insights necessary for handling the full range of conflict intervention, from diplomatic letters of warning and strenuous dispute resolution efforts, to hard fought preliminary injunctions and appeals in federal courts throughout the country and beyond. Our litigation experience extends to the Patent Board of Appeals and Interferences, to the United States Courts of Appeal and even to the United States Supreme Court.

We only litigate intellectual property causes and take great pride in knowing how to win these intricate cases. Coats + Bennett has successfully litigated a technology transfer dispute in Tokyo, Japan and for another client managed an intellectual property lawsuit in Australia while coordinating and leading parallel litigation in the United States. We recently obtained outstanding results for a number of clients in copyright litigation in the Eastern District of California, Northern District of Alabama and in the Southern District of New York. We also represented a small eastern North Carolina textile company, Domestic Fabrics Corporation, against Sears Roebuck & Co. in a patent infringement dispute. After prevailing on the patent infringement issue we persuaded the court that Sears’ infringement was willful, that the damages should be trebled, and that our client was entitled to attorney fees. In the end, the court’s judgment exceeded $3 million. In addition to litigating patent and copyright issues, our attorneys also obtain outstanding results for our clients in trademark and trade dress cases.

Samples of Litigation

In disputes, we offer the highest quality of legal representation at competitive pricing. We are smart, responsive, and passionate about the quality of our work. When it comes to safeguarding your future and protecting your ideas, identities, and expressions, Coats + Bennett is your strategy to win.

Patent Cases

Mankes v. Fandango and Mankes v. Vivid Seats,  NOS. 5:13-cv-00716-D & 5:13-cv-00717-FL (E.D.N.C./Fed. Cir. pending): represent Plaintiff in patent infringement case involving online method for inventory control.

N.A. Water Systems, LLC v. Aquatech International Corporation & Mukhopadhyay, No. 2:2010-CV-00484 (W.D. Pa. pending): represent plaintiff in declaratory judgment action for non-infringement and invalidation of two patents involving a feedwater treatment process utilizing high pH reverse osmosis membranes.

Western Plastics, Inc. v. Dubose Strapping, Inc., No: 5:15-cv-00294-D (E.D.N.C. pending): represent defendant in patent infringement suit.

Premark v. Champion Indus., No. 1:15-cv-00705-WO-JLW (M.D.N.C. pending): represent defendant in patent infringement dispute.

Merz North America, Inc. v. Cytophil, Inc., No: 5:15-cv-00262-H (E.D.N.C. pending): represent defendant in patent infringement action.

Zachery Michael Crain v. Zachary Michael DeBartolo, NO. 7:14-cv-00029-D (E.D.N.C. 2015): represented Defendant in inventorship and patent ownership dispute.  Confidential settlement.

Aldridge v Harris Farms, 4:13-cv-00193 (E.D.N.C. 2013): represent plaintiff in patent suit involving agricultural machinery.  Confidential settlement.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support v. Siemens Industry, Inc., No. 5:11-cv-00296 (E.D.N.C. 2015): represented plaintiff and counterclaim defendant in patent suit involving a rotary disc filter.  Confidential settlement.

ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. v. Applied Robotics, Inc., No. 1:2009-CV-00471 (M.D.N.C. 2014): represent plaintiff in multiple patent suit involving robotic coupling device and communication bus inventions.  Confidential settlement.

Wake Forest et al. v. Innovative Therapies, Inc.,et al. No. 1:08-cv-00032 (M.D.N.C. 2014): represent defendant Innovative Therapies, Inc. in patent infringement suit.  Confidential settlement.

BioGaia AG v. Nature’s Way Products, Inc., No. 5:10-CV-00449 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represent defendant/counterclaimant in patent and unfair competition suit involving probiotic dietary supplements; seeking declaratory judgment of invalidity of patents and unjust enrichment based on license fees defendant paid to plaintiff; successfully obtained stay of proceedings pending reexamination of the patents-in-suit; confidential settlement.

Custom Dynamics LLC v. Radiantz Led Lighting, Inc., No. 3:2009-CV-05562 (E.D.N.C.2009): represent plaintiff/counterclaim defendant in patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust suit involving LED devices and marketing practices;  confidential settlement.

WiAV Solutions, LLC v. Motorola Inc., Sony Ericsson et al., No. 3: 2009-CV-00447 (E.D. Va.2009): represented Sony Ericsson in patent suit involving nine wireless telecommunications patents

Techshell Inc. v. iPearl Inc et al., No. 3: 2010-CV-00154 (N.D. Fla. 2010): represented defendant in patent suit involving protective covers for laptop computers; confidential settlement.

Manatech, Inc. v. Country Life LLC, New Sun Inc. et al., No. 3:2010-CV-00533 (N.D. Tex. 2010): represented defendant New Sun, Inc. in patent suit involving composition of dietary supplements; confidential settlement.

Mass Engineered Design, Inc. v. Wall Street Trading Desks, Inc. et al, No. 2: 2009-CV-00358 (E.D. Tex. 2010): represented defendant in patent suit involving trading desk design; after moving to dismiss for improper venue, plaintiff dismissed suit against our client.

Shelterlogic v. Powell & Powell Supply Company Inc., No. 3: 2008-CV-00036 (D. Conn. 2010): represented defendant/counterclaimant in patent suit involving packaging method and patent validity; confidential settlement reached after moved for summary judgment.

JenningsTransmission Service of Goldsboro, Inc. v. The United States, No. 1:2005-CV-01209 (Fed. Cl. 2008): represented plaintiff in patent suit involving United States Postal Service delivery vehicle transmission conversion kits; confidential settlement.

Sick A.G. and Sick, Inc. v. Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc., No. 4:2006-CV-02028 (N.D. Cal. 2007): represented defendant in patent suit involving laser range finders; counterclaimed for patent invalidity and inequitable conduct; confidential settlement.

Mountain West Motorsports, Inc. v. Benz Silent Rider, No. 1:2006-CV-00164 (D. Wy. 2007): represented defendants against patent infringement claims involving ATV noise reduction devise; counterclaimed for patent invalidity; confidential settlement.

Dietrich Industries, Inc. v. The Steel Network, Inc., No. 2:2002-CV-00354 (W.D. Pa. 2005): represented defendant in steel structure utility patent infringement; completed Markman trial and dispositive motion hearing with special master; confidential settlement at court-directed mediation prior to trial.

Domestic Fabrics Corp. v. Sears Roebuck & Co., No. 4:2000-CV-00127 (E.D.N.C. 2005): represented plaintiff in textiles utility patent infringement suit; won claim construction trial (212 F. Supp. 2d 489 (2002)); won permanent injunction and $3 million in enhanced damages and attorneys’ fees for willful infringement at summary judgment (325 F. Supp. 2d 612 (2003); 326 F. Supp. 2d 694 (2004)).

Powell & Powell Supply Co. v. Tracy Forlini, NAOP et al., No. 5:2004-CV-00687 (E.D.N.C. 2004): represented plaintiff in patent infringement, false advertising, and unfair practices suit; confidential settlement.

Solomon v. Overton’s, Inc. et al., No. 2:2002-CV-00060 (E.D. Tex. 2004): represented defendant in patent infringement, trade dress infringement, palming-off, and Texas state tort claims; settled after moved for summary judgment.

Colida v. Ericsson, Inc., No. 5: 2002-CV-00640 (E.D.N.C. 2003): represented defendant in cellular telephones design patent infringement; obtained summary judgment against plaintiff; affirmed on appeal to Federal Circuit.

Powell & Powell Supply Co. v. Larin Corp., No. 5: 2001-CV-00566 (E.D.N.C. 2002): represented plaintiff in patent infringement and state law claims; $200,000 settlement with defendant’s promise to cease sales of all competing goods in North America for five years.

Vectra Fitness, Inc. v. RSR Fitness, Inc., No. 2: 1998-CV-00353 (W.D. Wash. 1999): represented defendant in patent infringement case involving exercise equipment; settlement reached after product was redesigned to avoid infringement.

Hill-Rom, Inc. v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc. et al., No. 5:1997-CV-00387 (E.D.N.C. 1999): represented defendant in patent infringement case involving bedside control modules for hospital use; confidential settlement.

Mirror-Lite Co. of North Carolina v. Lo-mar, Inc., No. 7:1996-CV-00184 (E.D.N.C. 1998): represented defendant in patent infringement case involving patents for elliptical mirrors; plaintiff dismissed claims after we filed summary judgment motion with invalidity defense.

Fasco Industries v. Eclipse Mfg. et al., No. 5:1995-CV-00522 (E.D.N.C. 1998): represented defendant in patent infringement case involving electrical junction boxes; summary judgment granted in favor of defendant.

Axon Corp v. Marburg Industries, Inc. et al., No. 2:1994-CV-01467 (C.D. Cal. 1996): represented plaintiff in actions involving claims of patent infringement against it regarding tamper band machines; won on all claims after appeal to Federal Circuit.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. v. Orange Water and Sewer Authority, No. 1:1988-CV-00031 (M.D.N.C. 1991): represented defendant against claims of patent infringement related to wastewater treatment; private settlement.

Trademark and Trade Dress Cases

Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. DCCM Restaurant Group d/b/a Davenport’s Ale House, No. 6:15-cv-1109-Orl-22TBS (M.D. Fla. pending): represent Defendant in trademark infringement case.

Ginseng Board of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Uustar Corp., NO. 3:15-cv-00533-slc (W.D. Wisc. pending): represent co-defendant in false advertising case.

LM Restaurants v. Ale Yeah, Inc., No. 3:15-CV-354 (W.D.N.C. pending): represent plaintiff in trademark infringement action.

LM Restaurants v. Francisco Vila; Ale Yeah!, Opposition nos. 91215800 & 91215802, (T.T.A.B. pending): represent Plaintiff in trademark opposition proceedings.

HCWRFS v. HCWEBS, NO. 10 CVS 1447 (Orange Co. Superior Court pending): represent Defendant in trademark infringement case and numerous state torts.  Prevailed at NC Supreme Court on arbitrability of certain state tort claims.

Capitol Commission, Inc. v. Capitol Ministries, No.5:11-cv-00214-BO (E.D.N.C. 2013): represented plaintiff/counterclaim-defendant and plaintiff’s employees in Lanham Act and business tort suit.  Summary judgment for plaintiff on all claims - defendant enjoined and defendant’s counterclaims dismissed.  (2013 WL 5493013 (2013)).  Claims against employees also dismissed.  (2013 WL 7223204 (2013)).

Table Bluff Brewing, Inc. d/b/a Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe v. Aviator Brewing Co., No. 3:14-cv-03433 JCS (N.D. Cal. 2014): represented Defendant in trademark infringement case.  Claims dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Aviator Brewing Co. v. Table Bluff Brewing, Inc. d/b/a Lost Coast Brewery & Café, No. 14-cv-00819 (E.D.N.C. 2015): represent declaratory judgment plaintiff.  Obtain confidential settlement after favorable summary judgment opinion.

Acton v. Dunsmoor, NO. 13 CVS013613 (Wake Co Superior Ct 2014): represent Plaintiff in trademark infringement case regarding Adwords campaign; consent decree and permanent injunction entered against defendant.

Swoon Inc. v. Swoon Boutique Inc., Opposition no. 91209127 (T.T.A.B. 2014): represent Defendant in trademark opposition case.  Confidential Settlement.

Duke University v. SSH, and Duke University v. SSHA, Opposition nos. 91214177 & 91215010 (T.T.A.B. 2014):  represent Defendant in trademark opposition proceedings.  Opposition withdrawn.

Fountain v. Fountain Powerboats, NO.  11CVS236 (NC Business Court 2015): represent Plaintiff in trademark infringement case.  Confidential Settlement.

Jesus Jeans v. Jesus Surfed, No. 91209383 (T.T.A.B. 2014) represent Applicant in trademark opposition proceeding and cancellation counterclaim.  Confidential Settlement.

Play Hard Pray Harder v. ScriptureArt and Josh Hamilton, No. 3:12-cv-05121 (N.D. Tex. 2013) represent defendants and counterclaimants in trademark proceeding; confidential settlement.

Agri-Supply Company v. Willie James Phelps, Jr. d/b/a Agri Radio Supply, No. 1:13-cv-477 (M.D.N.C. 2013): represent plaintiff in trademark infringement proceeding, confidential settlement.

Truckers Toy Store, LLC v. Charles McNall d/b/a Truckers Toy Store, et al., No. 2:12-cv-11237 (E.D.Mi. 2012): represent plaintiff in trademark infringement claim, confidential settlement.

The Mainstreet Collection Inc. v. The Main Street Collection, LLC, No. 1:12-cv-0672 (S.D.I.N. 2012); represpent plaintiff in trademark infringement and cybersquatting claim, confidential settlement.

Agri-Supply Company v. SoMo Agri Supply Inc., No. 6:11-cv-03475 (W.D.Mo., 2011); represent plaintiff in trademark infringement and unfair competition claim, confidential settlement.

Building Blocks Childcare Development Center, Inc. v. Building Blocks EarlyLearningCenter, No. 92054254 (T.T.A.B. 2011): represent plaintiff in trademark cancellation proceeding against registrant, confidential settlement.

Ohio Tuition Trust Authority v. College Advantage, LLC et al., No. 5:11-CV-291 (E.D.N.C.2011): represent defendants against trademark infringement claim involving college preparation and financial aid counseling, confidential settlement

HCW Retirement and Financial Services, LLC et al., v. HCW Employee Benefit Services et al., No. 10 CVS 1447 (Orange County Superior Court pending): represent defendants/counterclaimants in trademark and breach of contract and related claims; prevailed at N.C Supreme Court on enforcement of arbitration provision regarding commercial claims in suit. 

Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. Boynton Carolina Ale House, LLC, No. 9:2009-CV-80918 (S.D. Fla. pending): represent defendant against trademark, trade dress, and copyright claims; successfully defended motion for preliminary injunction (2009 WL 6812111); summary judgment entered in favor of defendant (2010 WL 3943550); defendant granted over $250,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs; summary judgment affirmed and appellate fees awarded. Miller’s Ale House v. Boynton Carolina Ale House, LLC, 702 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2012)

Custom Dynamics LLC v. Radiantz Led Lighting, Inc., No. 5: 2008-CV-00573 (E.D.N.C.2008): represent plaintiff/counterclaim defendant in patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust suit involving LED devices and marketing practices, confidential settlement.

eyecarecenter v. Eye Care Associates, No. FA1107001398961 (U.D.R.P. 2011): represented defendant in domain name dispute; obtained judgment in client’s favor. 

GZR Jewelry, Inc. d/b/a Sibella v. Sonia Milano S.R.L., No. 92053848 (T.T.A.B. 2011): represented plaintiff in trademark cancellation proceeding; obtained final judgment in our client’s favor obtaining requested cancellation. 

Brainy Atom, LLC v. Candy Addict, LLC, No. 91198985 (T.T.A.B. 2011): represented plaintiff in trademark opposition proceeding; opposed mark voluntarily withdrawn by applicant. 

Camuto Consulting Inc. v. Vincent Shoe Store Sweden AB, Opposition No. 91178315 (T.T.A.B. 2011): represented applicant in opposition to registration; settlement reached; amended application and case dismissed.

LM Restaurants, Inc. et al. v. Stewart, No. 2010-CVS-020997 (Wake County Superior Court 2011): represented plaintiff in cybersquatting, brand tarnishment, and unfair trade practices suit; settlement where defendant transferred offending URL, removed all offending content, and published retraction and apology.

Journalistic Inc. v. Qandessa Publications, LLC et al., No. 1: 2010-CV-00602 (M.D.N.C.2011): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement and cybersquatting suit; obtained final judgment and permanent injunction in favor of client.

The Daniel Group, Inc. v. Service Performance Group, Inc., No. 5: 2010-CV-00082 (E.D.N.C.2011): represented defendant/counter-claim plaintiff in trademark infringement suit; won summary judgment on issue of liability (2010 WL 4703847); obtained final judgment and permanent injunction in favor of client.

Agri Supply Company, Inc. v. Westfall d/b/a Ace Agri Supply, No. 4: 2010-CV-03175 (D. Neb. 2010): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement suit; settlement based on defendant’s agreement to change name.

The Mainstreet Collection, Inc. v. Hall and Lois & Friends LLC d/b/a Mountain Mamas, No. 4: 2009-CV-00199 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in trade dress and copyright infringement suit; settlement where defendants permanently discontinued accused products, consented to client’s IPR rights, and cooperated with overseas source investigation.

The Mainstreet Collection, Inc. v. Kirkland’s Stores, Inc. et al., No. 4: 2009-CV-00189 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in trade dress and copyright infringement suit; moved for preliminary injunction; settlement where defendants permanently discontinued accused products, made large financial contribution to client’s charity on behalf of client, and cooperated with oversea source investigation.

Sales Consultants of Cary, LLC v. CareerBuilder LLC and Personified, LLC, No. 5: 2008-CV-00260 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement suit; confidential settlement.

Big Boy Restaurants International v. Big Boy’s Inc., No. 5: 2008-CV-544 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented defendant in trademark infringement dispute; confidential settlement.

KelloggNorth AmericaCompany v. Z. Seivers Media Services, Inc., Opposition No. 91188355 (T.T.A.B. 2010): represent applicant in opposition to registration; settlement reached based on amendment of application.

Agri Supply Company, Inc. v. A&D Agri Supply, Inc., NO. 2: 2008-CV-01044 (E.D. Iowa 2009): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement suit; confidential settlement.

Answers in Genesis of Ky., Inc. v. Creation Ministries Int’l, Ltd., 556 F.3d 459 (6th Cir. 2009): represented plaintiff in dispute filed in Australia, USA, and Canada regarding numerous IPR disputes; enforced arbitration agreement through federal appeal for consolidated hearing of claims in arbitration; private settlement after arbiter ruled in favor of client regarding validity and enforceability of prior agreements.

Agri Supply Company v. AgReliant Genetics, LLC, Opposition No. 91188715 (T.T.A.B. 2009): represented plaintiff in opposition to registration; settlement by coexistence agreement.

Cynthia Vincent & Green Mochi v. Vincent Shoe Stores Sweden AB, Opposition No. 91178288 (T.T.A.B. 2009): represent applicant in opposition to registration; confidential settlement.

Supreme Maintenance Organization, Inc. v. The Clorox Company, Cancellation No. 92050061 (T.T.A.B. 2009): represented petitioner in cancellation proceeding; confidential settlement.

The Vision Forum, Inc. v. The Behemoth, No. 5: 2009-CV-00059 (W.D. Tex. 2009): represented plaintiff/counterclaim defendant in trademark infringement declaratory judgment action; confidential settlement.

Agri Supply Company, Inc. v. Ample Supply Company, Opposition No. 91180982 (T.T.A.B. 2008): represented petitioner in opposition proceeding; settlement by coexistence agreement.

Common Sense Media Inc. v. Common Sense Issues Inc., No. 4: 2008-CV-00155 (N.D. Cal. 2008): represented defendant in trademark infringement case; confidential settlement.

Medical Research Institute, Inc. v. Unlimited Nutrition, Inc. et al., No. 1: 2005-CV-00970 (M.D.N.C. 2006): represented plaintiff in sports supplement counterfeiting action; obtained ex parte TRO and directed raid and seizure of warehouse with U.S. Marshalls; obtained permanent injunction against defendant and confidential settlement.

Agri Supply Company, Inc. v. Agrisupply.com, No. 2: 2005-CV-00628 (E.D. Va. 2006): represented plaintiff in in rem proceeding to capture URL from foreign cyber pirate; court ordered transfer of domain name to client and awarded client attorneys’ fees; enforced judgment and collected fees.

Ale House Management, Inc. v. Raleigh Ale House, Inc. & Cary Ale House, No. 5: 2002-CV-00709 (E.D.N.C. 2006): represented defendants in trademark infringement lawsuit involving menu items; obtained judgment against plaintiff at summary judgment (2006 WL 6663793).

Care First of Maryland, Inc. d/b/a Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield v. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc., Opposition Nos.: 116,355 and 124,847 (T.T.A.B. 2005): represented applicant in opposition proceeding; prevailed at trial on likelihood of confusion and dilution claims; client awarded registration.

Stork News of America, Inc. v. Clark and Clark Novelty Sign Sales, Inc., No. 1:2005-CV-00256 (W.D.N.C. 2005): represented plaintiff in copyright and trademark infringement case involving signs; confidential settlement and permanent injunction.

Powell & Powell Supply Company, Inc. v. MDM Products, LLC, No. 5: 2004-CV-00790 (E.D.N.C. 2005): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement lawsuit; negotiated settlement at close of discovery where defendant relinquished use of accused mark.

Baughman Tile Co. v. Plastic Tubing, Inc., 211 F. Supp. 2d 720 (E.D.N.C. 2002): represented defendant against allegations of trade dress infringement; plaintiff asserted an incontestable federal registration; won summary judgment against plaintiff on all claims and cancelled incontestable registration at summary judgment on grounds of functionality.

Candle Factory, Inc. et al v. Oddity, Inc., No. 2: 2001-CV-00018 (E.D.N.C. 2002): represented defendant in copyright and trade dress infringement case involving sculptured candles in the form of sea life; summary judgment on trade dress claims; copyright infringement claims dismissed as sanctions for discovery violations; awarded $12,000 in sanctions against opposing counsel.

Inspired, Inc. v. Kim et al., No. 5: 2001-CV-00099 (E.D.N.C. 2001): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement; obtained preliminary and consent permanent injunction and $70,000 settlement.

Ale House Mgmt Inc. v. Raleigh Ale House, 205 F.3d 137 (4th Cir. 2000): represented defendant at trial and appellate level on trade dress and copyright infringement claims; won summary judgment against plaintiff on all counts and attorneys fees awarded against plaintiff; affirmed on appeal.

The Holland Company, Inc. v. Wilmington Grill Co., Inc., No. 5:1998-CV-00760 (E.D.N.C. 2000): represented plaintiff in trade dress infringement case; settlement reached after defendant agreed to discontinue manufacture and sale of goods with infringing design.

Howe Laboratories v. Brother’s Research, No. 3:1996-CV-02211 (D. Conn. 1999): represented declaratory judgment defendant/trademark owner in trademark infringement case; counterclaimed for trademark infringement; summary judgment granted in favor of declaratory judgment defendant on trademark infringement counterclaim; settlement for high six figures after damages trial began.

Sawyer Termite & Pest Control Specialist, Inc. v. Envirotech et al., No. 7: 1993-CV-00097 (E.D.N.C. 1995): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement action; won verdict for $270,000 and permanent injunction.

Owen’s Florist, Inc. v. Bobby Warren, d/b/a Owen Drive Florists, No. 3:1993-CV-00060 (E.D.N.C. 1994): represented plaintiff in trademark infringement action; obtained verdict of treble damages, permanent injunction, and award of attorneys’ fees.

The Croydon Co., Inc. v. Unique Furnishings, LTD, No. 3:1992-CV-00126 (E.D.N.C. 1993): defended patent and trade dress claims regarding library furniture; patent claims dismissed at summary judgment, won remaining claims at trial, and awarded attorneys fees.

Copyright Cases

Metafile Info. Sys., Inc. v. The Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., No: 0:15-cv-03325-PSJ-FLN (D. Minn. pending): represent defendant in copyright infringement and breach of licensing agreement suit.

Cyber Imaging Sys., Inc. v. Eyelation, Inc., No: 5:14-cv-00901-BO (E.D.N.C. pending): represent plaintiff in suit for enforcing arbitral award related to software licensing.

BMI v. Nazzal, Inc. d/b/a Champions Bars & More, No: 5:15-cv-00225-D (E.D.N.C. pending): represent defendant in copyright infringement dispute.

Renata Grzan Wieczorek v. National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, No: 1:15-cv-02599-MJG (D. Md. pending): represent defendant in breach of contract dispute related to copyrighted images.

Social Science History Association, Inc. v. Duke University, No. 5:13-cv-00157-BO (E.D.N.C. 2014):  represent plaintiff in copyright infringement and breach of publishing agreement claims and counterclaims.  At summary judgment, court found plaintiff could publish its journal with any academic press it selected.

Kyle Tallman v. Donald Jones, NO. 4:14-cv-00142-O (N.D. Tx. 2014): represent Defendant in copyright infringement case regarding product manuals.  Confidential settlement

Ganz U.S.A. v. Transpac, Inc., NO. 7:14-cv-00045-D (E.D.N.C. 2015):  represent Plaintiff in copyright infringement and unfair and deceptive trade practices case in gift industry.  Consent judgment and permanent injunction entered against the defendant.

Avanti Press, Inc. v. Michael Quackenbush, d/b/a Shaggy Dog Press, No. 2:13-cv-12185 (E.D. Mi. 2014): represent defendant in copyright infringement and related claims. Confidential Settlement

Logan Developers, Inc. v. Heritage Buildings, No.7:12-CV-00323 (E.D.N.C. 2014): represented defendants on copyright infringement claims for architectural works.  Summary judgment entered in favor of defendants as the works were not substantially similar at protectable level of expression and as defendants proved independent creation of their works. (2014 WL 2547085 (2014)).

Hudson Homes & Designs, LLC v. Corbett et al, No. 3:13-cv-00206 (M.D. Al. 2013): represent plaintiff in copyright infringement claim, confidential settlement.

Noelle Enterprises, Inc. v. The Gerson Company et al., No. 7:13-cv-00004 (E.D.N.C. 2013): represent plaintiff in copyright infringement claim, confidential settlement.

Simeral Construction Company v. Goody’s Home Design, Inc. et al., No. 5:12-cv-03630 (E.D. Pa.); represent defendant Goody’s Home Design, Inc. in copyright infringement claim, confidential settlement.

Gateway Gaming, LLC .v American Gaming Software, LLC et al., No. 1-12-cv-236 (M.D.N.C. 2012): represent defendant in copyright infringement claim, confidential settlement.

Eye Care Associates v. Triangle Eye Institute, No. 5:12-cv-00103 (E.D.N.C. 2012): represent plaintiff copyright infringement claim, confidential settlement.

Northwest Home Designing, Inc. v. Golden Key Construction, Inc. et al., No. 3:11-CV-05289 (W.D. Wash. 2011): represent plaintiff in copyright infringement claim for architectural works; confidential settlement.

Northwest Home Designing, Inc. v. Pioneer Pacific, Inc. et al., No. 3:11-CV-05293 (W.D. Wash. 2011): represent plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement action, confidential settlement.

Elite Concepts, LLC v. James and Associates Residential Designers, LLC and John Stephen James, No. 3:2010-CV-00812 (M.D. Tenn. 2010): represent defendant in architectural works copyright infringement claim.  Obtained dismissal of all claims against defendant at pretrial conference. 

The Persian Carpet, Inc. v. Royal Intercontinental Inc., No. 1: 2010-CV-00558 (M.D.N.C. pending): represent plaintiff in copyright infringement claim involving oriental rugs.

The Persian Carpet, Inc. v. Tashi Dhan Galaicha Udhyog and Phurbu Nyima Sherpa, No. 1: 2010-CV-00604 (M.D.N.C. 2010): represent plaintiff in copyright infringement action involving oriental rugs, confidential settlement.

Miller’s Ale House, Inc. v. Boynton Carolina Ale House, LLC, No. 9: 2009-CV-80918 (S.D. Fla. 2012): represent defendant against trademark, trade dress, and copyright claims; successfully defended motion for preliminary injunction (2009 WL 6812111); summary judgment entered in favor of defendant (2010 WL 3943550); defendant granted over $250,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs; summary judgment affirmed and appellate fees awarded. Miller’s Ale House v. Boynton Carolina Ale House, LLC, 702 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2012)

Custom Dynamics LLC v. Radiantz Led Lighting, Inc., No. 5: 2008-CV-00573 (E.D.N.C. 2008): represent plaintiff/counterclaim defendant in patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust suit involving LED devices and marketing practices, confidential settlement 

Custom Residential Design v. Caviness & Cates Building and Development Company et al., No. 5:2010-CV-00471 (E.D.N.C. 2011): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement suit; confidential settlement.

Matt Robinson v. Tracy Santrock, Santrock Realty Group Inc. et al., No. 5: 2010-CV-00226 (E.D.N.C. 2011): represented defendants in copyright infringement claim; confidential settlement; obtained judgment for indemnification claim.

Northwest Home Designing, Inc. v. Sound Built Homes Inc., No. 3: 2010-CV-05016 (W.D. Wash. 2011): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement claim involving approximately 1000 structures; obtained final judgment and permanent injunction in favor of client.

The Mainstreet Collection, Inc. v. Hall and Lois & Friends LLC d/b/a Mountain Mamas, No. 4: 2009-CV-00199 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in trade dress and copyright infringement suit; settlement where defendants permanently discontinued accused products, consented to client’s IPR rights, and cooperated with overseas source investigation.

The Mainstreet Collection, Inc. v. Kirkland’s Stores, Inc. et al., No. 4: 2009-CV-00189 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in trade dress and copyright infringement suit; moved for preliminary injunction; settlement where defendants permanently discontinued accused products, made large financial contribution to client’s charity on behalf of client, and cooperated with oversea source investigation.

The Persian Carpet, Inc. v. J.G. Stickley, Inc., No. 1: 2009-CV-00991 (M.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement claim; confidential settlement.

Northwest Home Designing, Inc. v. Lubbesmeyer Construction Inc. et al., No. 3: 2009-CV-05562 (W.D. Wash. 2010): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement claim; confidential settlement.

MDM Group Associates, Inc. v. Hatteras Realty, Inc. et al., No. 2:2007-CV-00048 (E.D.N.C. 2010): represented plaintiff against numerous parties for copyright infringement; confidential settlements.

Answers in Genesis of Ky., Inc. v. Creation Ministries Int’l, Ltd., 556 F.3d 459 (6th Cir. 2009): represented plaintiff in dispute filed in Australia, USA, and Canada regarding numerous IPR disputes; enforced arbitration agreement through federal appeal for consolidated hearing of claims in arbitration; private settlement after arbiter ruled in favor of client regarding validity and enforceability of prior agreements.

Creative Home Designs, Inc. v. Fred Francis Builders, L.P., Fred Francis, Chris Turner, and Imagine Home Design, LLC, No. 3: 2006-CV-00039 (M.D. Tenn. 2009): represented plaintiff in several architectural works copyright infringement cases; several confidential settlements.

Norasingh v. Houghton Mifflin Company et al., 5: 2007-CV-00315 (E.D.N.C. 2008): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement and fraudulent inducement action against publisher; confidential settlement.

William E. Poole Designs, Inc. v. Brookside Homes, LLC et al., 7: 2007-CV-00092 (E.D.N.C. 2008): represented plaintiff against builders and designer for infringement of architectural works and design elements; confidential settlement.

Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher v. Christopher Phillips et al., 1: 2006-CV-00510 (M.D.N.C. 2008): represented plaintiffs against former Squirrel Nut Zipper band members and manager in dispute over royalty and mechanical payments; confidential settlement.

Power Technology Services (PTS) Co. v. Champion Aerospace, Inc., No. 4: 2006-CV-00099 (E.D.N.C. 2007): represented plaintiff in mask works infringement and contract claims against defendant; numerous state law counterclaims; confidential settlement.

Triangle Residential Designs, Inc. v. Ashley Turner Enterprises, Inc. et al., No. 5:2005-CV-00412 (E.D.N.C. 2006): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement suit involving approximately 700 structures and dozens of designs; confidential settlement.

Stork News of America, Inc. v. Clark and Clark Novelty Sign Sales, Inc., No. 1:2005-CV-00256 (W.D.N.C. 2005): represented plaintiff in copyright and trademark infringement case involving signs; confidential settlement and permanent injunction.

Wyndham Homes, Inc. v. O’Connor et al., No. 3: 2005-CV-00573 (D. Conn. 2005); Wyndham Homes, Inc. v. Blum et al., No. 7: 2003-CV-07724 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Wyndham Homes, Inc. v. Hill et al., No. 1: 2003-CV-06518 (S.D.N.Y. 2004): represented designer/builder in architectural works copyright infringement cases; confidential settlements.

Aagard v. Palomar et al., No. 2: 2004-CV-00825 (E.D. Cal. 2004): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement cases for numerous structures and designs; defend numerous counterclaims concerning copyright ownership and state tort claims; confidential settlement.

RMG v. Rose et al., Nos. 2: 2002-CV-01713 and 2: 2003-CV-02268 (N.D. Al. 2004): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement; 450 accused structures; insurance carriers consolidated declaratory judgment action on the scope and extent of coverage liability; settled for $600,000.

JKL, Inc. v. Cooper et al., No. 4:2003-CV-00082 (E.D.N.C. 2004): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conspiracy action against former employee; confidential settlement

Triangle Residential Design v. S & M Enterprises et al., No. 5: 2002-CV-00161 (E.D.N.C. 2003): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement case involving architectural works copyrights; settled for approximately $180,000.

JKL, Inc. v. Bennett and Jewelry World, LLC, No. 4:2002-CV-00055 (E.D.N.C. 2003): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement suit involving jewelry design copyrights; permanent injunction and settlement.

RMG v. Builders Group et al., No. 2: 2002-CV-00762 (N.D. Al. 2003): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement case involving numerous infringing structures; settled for approximately $325,000 at close of discovery.

Residential Designs, Inc. v. Gottshalk Architects et al., No. 2: 2002-CV-01825 (D.S.C. 2003); Residential Designs, Inc. v. Passailaigue Homes, Inc. et al., No. 2: 2001-CV-03806 (D.S.C. 2002): represented plaintiff in architectural works copyright infringement cases; confidential settlement and consent judgment at close of discovery.

Candle Factory, Inc. et al v. Oddity, Inc., No. 2: 2001-CV-00018 (E.D.N.C. 2002): represented defendant in copyright and trade dress infringement case involving sculptured candles in the form of sea life; summary judgment on trade dress claims; copyright infringement claims dismissed as sanctions for discovery violations; awarded $12,000 in sanctions against opposing counsel.

JKL Inc. v. Hardy, No. 4:2001-CV-00184 (E.D.N.C. 2002): represented plaintiff in trademark and copyright infringement suit involving jewelry designs; obtained $40,000 settlement and permanent injunction against selling any chain link jewelry in Eastern North Carolina and against selling any chain link jewelry for children anywhere.

Trade Secrets Cases

Meyn USA, Inc. v. Tarheel Distributors, Inc. and Joseph P. Zajac, NO. 5:14-cv-00041-MTT (M.D. Ga. pending): represent Defendant in alleged misappropriation of trade secrets case involving technical drawings.

The Mainstreet Collection v. Kristen Alderman, et al., No. 4:12-CV-00301 (E.D.N.C. pending): represent plaintiff in misappropriation of trade secrets case.

Capitol Commission, Inc. v. Capitol Ministries, No.5:11-cv-00214-BO (E.D.N.C. 2013): represented plaintiff/counterclaim-defendant and plaintiff’s employees in trade secret, Lanham Act and business tort suit.  Summary judgment for plaintiff on all claims - defendant enjoined and defendant’s counterclaims dismissed.  (2013 WL 5493013 (2013)).  Claims against employees also dismissed.  (2013 WL 7223204 (2013))

Professional Laminating LLC v. Cardinal Designs, Inc. & Scott A. Adams, No. 12CVS011760 (Wake County Superior Court 2012): represent plaintiff in misappropriation of trade secrets case, confidential settlement.

Out of the Box Developers, LLC d/b/a OTB Consulting v. LOGICBit, Corp., Francisco A. Rivera, and The Doan Law Firm, LLP, 2010-CVS-8327 (N.C. Business Court 2010): represent defendants Frank Rivera and LOGICBit Corp. in misappropriation of trade secrets case, confidential settlement.

eGeneral Medical Inc. v. Berktree, LLC & Chase Edward Beach, 2009-CVS-7432 (N.C. Business Court 2010): represented defendants in misappropriation of trade secrets case; case dismissed.

Castle Branch Inc. v. Jerry F. Reutlinger; 2008-CVS-690 (N.C. Business Court 2010): represented defendant in misappropriation of trade secrets case; confidential settlement after motion for summary judgment.

TMS Field Services, Inc. v. Utility Maintenance, Inc. and Christopher P. Bollin, 2007-CVS-453 (Sampson County Superior Court 2009): represented defendants in misappropriation of trade secrets case; confidential settlement.

JKL, Inc. v. Cooper et al., No. 4:2003-CV-00082 (E.D.N.C. 2004): represented plaintiff in copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conspiracy action against former employee; confidential settlement.

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