Intellectual property is a key component of any
well thought out business strategy. The decisions that are made in
formulating and implementing intellectual property goals must
advance the overall business strategy - a strategy that changes as
the goals and needs of the business change. To make this happen, a
business' intellectual property counsel must be able to handle
complex, as well as routine, intellectual property issues. Almost
more importantly, IP counsel must be able to understand the
business of the client, its goals and the environment in which it
operates, as well as possess the ability to communicate effectively
to achieve these goals.
Regardless of your company's size or industry, Keevican Weiss
Bauerle & Hirsch's Intellectual Property attorneys have the
experience to work with you to put into place a cost-effective
plan. We have represented companies of all sizes in a variety of
industries, including financial, computer and software, medical,
the Internet, and manufacturing.
Members of our team practice in many forums, including the United
States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Copyright
Office, state and federal courts throughout the country, and the
International Trade Commission.
Our representation of clients on patent matters has
- Represented a developer and manufacturer of data router systems
in connection with U.S. and international patent application
filings for a router, a web encryption system and a network
- Represented developers and manufacturers of mining equipment in
connection with patent applications for a fiber optic remote
control system, continuous mining machines, a mobile conveyor,
track mounted equipment and various roof support systems and
- Drafted and prosecuted patent applications involving electrical
and electronic devices: CATV 1-GHz repeater station, broadband
RF-type distributed amplifier, method for improved silicon wafer
processing and integrated circuit (IC) card.
- Drafted and prosecuted patent applications involving business
methods and computer applications including internet and
closed-network subscriber applications; portable computer software
products; methods for law enforcement; and a fuel pump
- Drafted and prosecuted patent applications involving consumer
products including power and hand tools, valve assemblies,
transporting device for heavy fabric, strut/spring clamp,
pool-cover assembly, writing instruments, ballistic pellets and a
stringed musical instrument.
- Fought and won a dispute over rights to use a patented device
threatened to derail completion of a $210 million continuous
annealing line being installed by a client in the mill of a large
integrated steel company.
- Defended a generic drug manufacturer against three patent
infringement suits brought by a proprietary drug manufacturer. In
all three situations, our client was able to market its product,
and in one case, we were able to recover a substantial amount on a
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large European
multinational client that was sued in Federal District Court for
patent infringement and breach of contract by a competitor. The
client faced millions of dollars in damages and the potential
shutdown of a $150,000,000 production line. We obtained summary
judgment even though the agreements were highly complex documents,
the facts of the case spanned thirty years, and the District Judge
had warned us that any summary judgment motion would be
- Defended an Italian manufacturer of complex camera dollies and
its American distributor in a patent infringement and trade dress
suit in Federal Court brought by a California competitor. The
plaintiff sought nearly $10 million in damages. After a seven week
jury trial, a verdict of only $200,000 was awarded.
- Our representation of clients on trademark matters has
- Defended a Fortune 500 company against claims of copyright and
trademark infringement, trademark dilution, Lanham Act violations
and unfair trade practices, by asserting ownership rights to design
drawings and 3-dimensional novelty gift items which were
manufactured in Asia and purchased by our client for resale in the
United States. Following extensive discovery and our filing of a
Motion for Summary Judgment, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed all
- Successfully represented the owner of the exclusive endorsement
rights of a famous celebrity against counterclaims for trademark
infringement and dilution resulting in a dismissal of the
counterclaims and a favorable settlement for our client. Obtained a
favorable verdict against allegations of trademark infringement for
use of a modified software package. We proved that the software was
distinct and that our client did not breach the contract nor
violate the plaintiffs' trademark rights.
- Represented an engineering consulting firm in a trade name
dispute brought under state law resulting in a summary judgment
ruling in favor of our client.
- Represented a national restaurant chain in connection with
trademark infringement claims against a restaurant.
- Represented a trademark applicant in an opposition filed by a
major sports league, before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board,
obtaining a favorable consent order prior to trial, and obtaining
federal registration of the opposed trademark.
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