Preston Heard

Preston Heard

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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Atlanta Rapper Rich Homie Quan Seeks Cancellation or Transfer of Trademarks and Over $2,000,000 in Damages

Think It's A Game Entertainment, LLC ("TIG"), an Atlanta-based production company, Fly Merchandise Enterprises, LLC ("Fly"), and Girvan Henry ("Henry"), have left Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan feeling "some type of way."...more

8/13/2015 - Breach of Contract Breach of Duty Contract Formation Conversion IP Litigation Logos Memorandum of Understanding Music Industry Royalties Trademarks Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Unjust Enrichment

Georgia Becomes the First State to Mount a Direct Challenge Against Unauthorized Publishing of Annotated Code

In what has already become news in the copyright community nationwide, the State of Georgia has launched a legal campaign against, Inc., a California non-profit corporation that dedicates itself to...more

7/29/2015 - Attorney's Fees Cease and Desist Copyright Copyright Infringement Injunctive Relief LexisNexis Popular Publishers

Georgia District Courts Gain Four Judges -- Three in the Northern District and One in the Middle District

In votes held last night and last Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed four judicial appointees for the Georgia district courts, a welcome sight for the federal bench and bar. The Northern District in particular had been in...more

11/20/2014 - Judges Judicial Appointments

Gutter Battle Reignites With New Action

In the latest salvo exchanged between two competing drainage product companies, Invisaflow, LLC ("Invisaflow"), based in Alpharetta, Georgia, filed a complaint in the Northern District of Georgia against competitors Euramax...more

11/3/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Solo Inventor Files Two Suits Over Allegedly Infringing Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems

Walter Farmer, of Atlanta, Georgia, filed separate suits against Alpha Technologies, Inc, ("Alpha"), of Bellingham, Washington, and Aspin Kemp & Associates ("Aspin Kemp"), of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, alleging that each...more

10/31/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the...more

9/24/2014 - Auto Parts Automotive Industry Design Patent Ford Motor Manufacturers Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Utility Patents Files False Advertising Action Over Competitor's Online Dietary Supplement Offerings and Claims

On May 6, 2014 VitaminsOnline, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“VOI”), filed a complaint against Dynamic Industries, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, and Christopher Wilson, a resident of Georgia (collectively...more

6/27/2014 - Advertising Dietary Supplements False Advertising FDA Lanham Act

Rainbow International Seeks Restoration Of Exclusive Use Of Its Marks

On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...more

5/2/2014 - Trademark Litigation Trademarks Unfair Competition

Judge Thrash Declines to Read in Limitations From the Specification in Dysphagia Treatment Patent Dispute

On April 4, 2014, Judge Thrash issued an opinion and order construing a number of claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,725,564 ("the '564 patent"), 5,987,359 ("the '359 patent"), 6,104,958 ("the '958 patent"), and 7,280,873 ("the...more

4/24/2014 - Means-Plus-Function Medical Devices Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Verint Files Multiple Actions to Enforce Patented Call Center Technology

Verint Systems, Inc. ("VSI"), of Melville, New York, and Verint Americas, Inc. ("VAI"), of Alpharetta, Georgia (collectively, "Verint"), have filed several suits in the Northern District of Georgia against competitors to...more

4/8/2014 - Patent Litigation Patents

Case Filed in 2006 Deemed to be in "Early Stages" and Stayed for Second Time Pending PTO Review

IP Co., LLC's ("IPCO") patent infringement suit against Tropos Networks, Inc. ("Tropos") has a long and tortured, albeit uncomplicated, history. IPCO filed its complaint back in March 2006, alleging infringement of U.S....more

4/1/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

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