Intellectual Property

Butzel Long has a results-oriented Intellectual Property (IP) team. The IP team acts according to its client’s business objectives.

IP provides critical legal and business tools. Knowing the right strategy for the right situation is critical. The Butzel IP team identifies and executes the right strategy. For a product launch, this may mean developing a global patent and trademark portfolio to brand and position the new product. For software developers, it may mean registering copyrights. It may require navigating the complex world of Open Source issues.

The Butzel IP handles important litigation with an end-game in mind. This includes lawsuits in the federal courts and contested proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office. This includes safeguarding trade secret and enforcing trade secret rights against misappropriators.

The Butzel IP handles transactional matters to avoid litigation and mitigate risk. This includes IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. This includes joint development agreements, cross-licenses, supply agreements and the like.

Simply put, the Butzel IP team strives for seamless integration with clients, whatever their industry. For example, Butzel serves clients developing high tech software for Connected Cars, developing hardware for Aerospace & Defense vehicles, and bringing potentially life-changing medical devices to market.

Experience

  • Enforced finance company's trademark rights against infringer
  • Interference proceeding against automotive supplier
  • Global brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management for manufacturer of custom golf clubs
  • Successfully defended automotive supplier in patent infringement action; validated 2 patents on summary judgment and another after trial.
  • Trademark cancellation proceeding
  • Represented automotive inspection company in copyright lawsuit related to car inspection software
  • Patent infringement suit
  • Successfully represented document imaging company in Non-Compete/Trade Secret dispute.
  • Defended publisher in trademark infringement action
  • Trademark counterfeiting claim
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a metallurgical company
  • Represented Italian fashion house in numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Overturned adverse decision by Board of Patent appeals and interferences in Federal Court; sustained on appeal
  • Patent infringement action
  • Trademark/patent litigation of an automtive service company
  • Represented an international children's toy and apparel company with respect to its registration of copyrights and trademarks in the United States, as well as regarding licensing agreements concerning such intellectual property.
  • Trademark infringement action
  • Defended nonprofit organization in trademark/copyright/domain name infringement litigation
  • Represented bottled water company in trademark action
  • Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employ.
  • Defended against claim by a Professor against university and his department chair for alleged theft of intellectual property; summary disposition granted in favor of university; affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Patent infringement action
  • Trademark/patent litigation of a home repair and cleaning company
  • Defended website owner of a health-care related site for trademark litigation against a provider of cosmetic surgery
  • Trademark infringement action
  • Asserted breach of distributor agreement claims on behalf of licensor of copyrighted computer code
  • Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete, copyright infringement, and unfair competition suit against former employees
  • Represent plaintiff in patent infringement case
  • Defended copyright action involving photographs
  • Represented a corporation in copyright litigation transferred to religious court
  • Asserted preemption arguments on behalf of copyright holder in infringement case
  • Represented a software developer with government contracts against former managers in action for injunctive relief for misappropriation of trade secrets and tortuous interference
  • Represented research and development company in patent inventorship dispute.
  • Represent plaintiff in patent infringement and false advertising case
  • Represented automotive supplier in patent infringement case
  • Defended web-based retailer in a trademark infringement action brought by a major OEM over domain name
  • Represented a technology consulting company in negotiations and contemplated litigation against its former client regarding breach of the parties' non-disclosure agreement and related copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets claims.
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a major insurance company
  • Represented global staffing, employment and recruiting company nationally in trade secret and non-compete matters and obtained injunctions in approximately 70 cases in 2007-2008.
  • False advertising claims for manufacturer of computer components
  • False marking/advertising action
  • Defended manufacturer in patent infringement action
  • Trade secret lawsuits
  • Global brand/trademark portfolio management for division of major US software developer
  • Defended semiconductor manufacturer in trademark infringement action. Summary judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained summary judgment (and affirmance in the Court of Appeals) of copyright and trademark claims against national recording artist
  • Trademark dispute
  • Represented biotech company and university in patent infringement/inventorship action.
  • Defended a major financial management company against numerous claims for violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements over a ten year period.
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a major automotive supplier
  • Coordinated research and counsel on negotiations of supply agreement for new battery technology for international manufacturing client.
  • Enforced publisher's copyrights against infringer
  • Defended Tier 1 automotive supplier in patent litigation involving universal garage door opener technology
  • Assist in brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management
  • Represented a major automotive supplier in a suit against a Texas aftermarket parts company for patent infringement
  • Copyright action
  • Copyright infringement action
  • Defended collegiate licensing entity in a copright lawsuit
  • Obtained injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee.
  • Trademark Prosecution: Prosecuted trademark applications for a major automotive company
  • Defended injection molding equipment manufacturer in trademark infringement litigation
  • Defended automotive supplier against patent infringement
  • Trade secret action
  • False advertising action
  • Patent infringement action against pharmaceutical company
  • Defended copyright action against critic
  • Defended manufacturer in appeal of patent infringement action
  • Design patent and trade dress rights
  • Defend manufacturer in patent infringement case
  • Defended major University against claim by graduate student that two Professors misappropriated work product.
  • Represented a former employee accused of stealing more than $100 million worth of trade secrets from his employers in violation of the federal economic espionage act.
  • Defended boat windshield manufacturer in patent infringement action
  • Prosecution of counterfeiting and trademark infringement action for Italian jewelry designer
  • Asserted copyright infringement claims on behalf of the owners of copyrights associated with computer code
  • Defended manufacturer in trade dress and patent infringement lawsuit
  • Patent infringement action
  • Corporate identity makeover for brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration and portfolio maintenance for a major US insurance/investment company
  • Infringement action against mortgage company
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, prepared, filed and prosecuted numerous patent applications for major automotive suppliers
  • Successful representation of numerous luxury goods and fashion apparel manufacturers in trademark infringement, gray market and counterfeiting disputes
  • Corporate identity makeover for US technology company including global trademark clearance and registration
  • Defended automotive manufacturer in trademark litigation
  • Defended surviving members of 1960's rock band in trademark and copyright infringement action against Plaintiff's heirs who sought a preliminary injunction to prevent clients from continuing to use the trademarks and copyrights relating to the band.
  • Copyright, trademark and trade secret action.
  • Represented defendant recording artists in multi-million dollar music copyright case resulting in a "no cause" verdict.
  • Patent infringement actions
  • Copyright infringement action
  • Licensing/Transactions: Drafted license/transaction agreements for a major automotive supplier
  • Trademark and Patent Filings
  • Defended manufacturer of roofing staple device in patent litigation
  • Successfully represented healthcare technology company in breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret/confidential information dispute.
  • Successful defense of manufacturer accused of misappropriation of trade secrets and threatened with preliminary injunction that would have closed down one of its principal lines of business
  • Represented automotive supplier in patent infringement/antitrust case
  • Global Brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management for New York-based maker of men's personal care products
  • Defended fastener corporation-patent licensee in two companion actions alleging patent and trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented trademark owner (automotive supplier) in domain name dispute; client gained possession of infringing domain name
  • Patent and trade dress infringement, and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Trade secret misappropriation action
  • Successfully represented healthcare technology company in Non-Compete/Trade Secret dispute.
  • Defended against claim for violation of a non-compete agreement
  • Prevailed at trial in a multi-million dollar patent case for an automotive manufacturing client, invalidating the last of three patents that had been asserted against client.
  • Defended fiberglass manufacturer in patent/trade secret infringement action
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a false advertising lawsuit involving a product claiming to be the generic equivalent of a leading brand

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