Intellectual Property Litigation

Our intellectual property litigators are sought after by clients looking for creative solutions to complex disputes. We don't use the same playbook for every case. We tailor our representation and advice to the unique needs of the client, the technology and the case.  

We are trial attorneys with experience in the most technical of cases. Whether enforcing intellectual property rights to maintain competitive and economic advantage or defending against bet-the­company infringement or theft claims, our team does it all for a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size niche manufacturers to start-ups to solo artists. We have litigated intellectual property rights in many different sectors and industries including gaming, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, database, disc drives, mobile networks, mining, internet, streaming content, drones and entertainment. Any technology, any form of intellectual property, any agency or venue—our litigators provide a sophisticated and cost-effective approach to your business-critical litigation.

We have technical backgrounds in the mechanical, electrical, biomechanical, software, consumer goods, gaming, biologics, pharmaceutical and chemical arts that allow us to deliver specific expertise in any type of patent or trade secret case. Our litigators are consistently hired in important patent or trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the United States or at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are renowned for our ability to explain complex matters to courts and juries, and have a track record of courtroom successes and settlements against our peers in patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and related cases.

Representative Matters
  • Represented Wynn Resorts against Resorts World in trade dress and copyright case involving world famous architectural design for Wynn properties. Case settled following TRO hearing.

  • Represented NewDay Financial in a declaratory judgment action against United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”) in the District of Maryland involving USAA’s allegations of copyright and trademark infringement.  A motion to dismiss USAA’s first-filed complaint in the Northern District of Texas was granted for lack of personal jurisdiction. Case settled

  • Represented Frontier Water Systems against General Electric in multi-patent declaratory judgment action in the District of Utah, as well as in IPR proceeding, involving technology for the removal of selenium in coal-fired power plant wastewater.  The case also involved the enforceability of non-compete contracts under Ontario, Canada law.  Case settled.

  • Represented Pulse Health, LLC in its Complaint against Akers Biosciences, Inc. in the District of Oregon for breach of an exclusive license agreement. The licensed technology involved chemical formulations for measuring oxidative stress in exhaled breath. Case settled and permanent injunction entered.

  • Represented Galaxy Gaming in AAA arbitration proceeding involving table game High Card Flush. Prevailed on issues of intellectual property ownership, willful infringement, permanent injunction and attorneys’ fees.

  • Represented Unwired Planet in multi-patent case against Google involving mobile device location and communication protocols.

  • Counsel to former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival in licensing royalty and trademark cases against record label and John Fogerty in Northern and Central Districts of California.

  • Represented gaming cabinet maker VSR in inter partes review in which the PTAB found all patent claims invalid and the Federal Circuit affirmed.

  • Represented GraphOn in Northern District of California and on appeal in one of the first reported cases involving computer inventions and 35 U.S.C. § 101. MySpace, et al. v. GraphOn, 672 F.3d 1250 (Fed. Cir. 2012).

  • Represented a Grammy Award winning artist in Lanham Act dispute.

  • Represented a Nevada-based musical group against an internationally-renowned musical performer in a Lanham Act dispute.

  • Successfully upheld a jury verdict for damages and permanent injunctive relief obtained in the District of Nevada for trademark infringement and unfair competition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Represents a cosmetics and skincare company in multiple TTAB oppositions and cancellations, as well as a trademark infringement action in the Central District of California.

Meet The Team

Matthew D. Francis Shareholder T 775.324.4100
Arthur Zorio Shareholder T 775.398.3812
Nancy Lindsley Paralegal T 775.398.3802
Amanda K. Houseal Associate T 303.223.1247