Lane Powell offers one of the Pacific Northwest’s most comprehensive intellectual property practices. The Firm’s highly skilled Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group is recognized for providing counsel across all key areas - from patents and copyrights to trademarks and trade secrets.
Key Areas of Intellectual Property Practice
•Trade Secret Law
Establishing Intellectual Property Rights
Lane Powell attorneys advise clients on registration and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights, patent protection and disputes, and trade secret protection in the United States and overseas. Examples include:
•Creating programs to inventory existing rights.
•Developing policies regarding newly created rights.
•Preparing appropriate confidentiality and non-competition agreements for vendors and employees that establish and clarify intellectual property rights.
Acquiring and Transferring Intellectual Property
Lane Powell assists clients in developing, acquiring and transferring patent, trademark, copyright and other proprietary rights through licenses, assignment, purchase and other types of agreements. These rights are critical in activities such as:
•Creating product distribution networks.
•Developing asset purchase arrangements.
•Part of joint venture agreements.
•Through corporate mergers.
Preserving Intellectual Property
Lane Powell attorneys regularly negotiate and prepare confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements to protect clients’ proprietary information. They also can assist in developing corporate in-house programs for protecting and managing intellectual property.
Enforcing and Defending Intellectual Property Rights
Lane Powell’s intellectual property group includes experienced litigators skilled in assisting clients in the protection, enforcement and preservation of intellectual property rights in areas such as:
•Other dispute resolution procedures
Lane Powell has successfully litigated disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and unfair competition issues, among others.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Lane Powell’s litigators are experienced in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures such as the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Representative Litigation Matters
•Represented plaintiff in complex trade secrets/technology case resulting in a $42 million jury verdict.
•Successfully represented a number of shoe manufacturers and sellers in trademark litigation brought by major footwear manufacturer with respect to the right to use stripes as a design element on footwear.
•Successfully defended and plaintiffed several claims involving complex trademark and trade dress issues.
•Represented prevailing party in several Internet domain name disputes.
Litigation can be expensive, and Lane Powell provides representation in an efficient manner. The Firm’s attorneys keep abreast of developments in the rapidly changing field of intellectual property in order to provide clients with the most updated representation possible, and they strive for innovative, creative and cutting-edge legal solutions. When appropriate, Lane Powell works with clients to secure cost-effective resolutions in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation.