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Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Our Intellectual Property and Information Technology business and litigation attorneys regularly handle intellectual property and information technology issues in a wide variety of fields. Our clients range from entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies to some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Chair:  Bruce T. Goto



Our Skills

Among the areas in which our intellectual property business and litigation attorneys routinely assist clients are:

  • Drafting and negotiating of agreements that cover the transfer or licensing of patents, copyrights, trademarks and publicity rights
  • Assisting with brand and marketing strategy, and the selection of effective trademarks
  • Obtaining copyright and trademark registrations in a variety of fields including software, photography, audio recordings and graphic art
  • Drafting and negotiating nondisclosure agreements and agreements regarding the protection or licensing of trade secrets
  • Preparing policies and agreements for web sites and Internet commerce
  • Bringing and defending claims related to any of the above areas

Our Experience

For more than twenty years, our intellectual property practitioners have either represented or negotiated with some of the largest hardware, software and technology companies in the world. Recent representative transactions include helping our clients prepare or negotiate agreements with the following companies:

  • Content license agreements with Getty Images and Verizon
  • Distribution agreements with CDW, Jack of All Games and Software Spectrum
  • License and purchase agreements with Advanced Micro Devices, Analog Devices and Texas Instruments
  • Manufacturing agreements with VTech
  • Technology service agreements with Bell Canada, PayPal and Telstra
  • Web search agreements with Google and Yahoo!

Our intellectual property litigators work in conjunction with IP business counsel to plan for the protection of intellectual property rights, defend against alleged infringement claims and prosecute those who violate claims of our client’s intellectual property rights. Examples include:

  • Defended executive of major software company against claims for breach of fiduciary duties and disclosure of trade secrets. Motion to dismiss granted
  • Pursued trade secrets (client lists, product pricing and distribution strategies) and non-competition claims against former employee. Negotiated settlement with subsequent employer which included recovery of attorneys fees, multi-year non-competition agreement and substantial restrictions on the former employee's work duties at the subsequent employer
  • Obtained preliminary injunction and other remedies to prevent competitors' access to computer software and information management systems
  • Defeated preliminary injunction motion in case against former president of plaintiff’s US cheese company for trade secrets and non-compete violations. Alleged trade secrets included manufacturing techniques, distribution channels and financial information.
  • In cases prosecuting Internet unfair advertising issues and defamation, won personal jurisdiction appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended our client in a copyright infringement trial involving public art in the city of Seattle and the Seattle Symphony, including a successful result in the Ninth Circuit
  • Obtained favorable settlement on the eve of trial for our client in prosecuting a trademark infringement claim in the wallboard corner industry
  • Obtained preliminary injunction and final judgment, and won two appeals to the Ninth Circuit for our professional association client in a trademark infringement case
  • Obtained preliminary injunctions, trial verdicts and settlement, successfully protecting our clients’ covenants-not-to-compete, non-disclosure agreements and trade secrets in a variety of industries, including medical device manufacturing, software, Internet, home health, pest elimination and building products