Intellectual Property Litigation

A “win” in intellectual property litigation can take many forms. A judgment in your favor is a “win,” but a short end to litigation may be in your best business interest. We can help you strategize, decide how to proceed, execute that plan and win.

SGR’s highly respected intellectual property litigation lawyers are experienced in representing plaintiffs and defendants patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and software and internet-related cases in federal, state and appellate courts and in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our intellectual property litigation lawyers are experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law and focus their practices principally on intellectual property litigation. We work closely with other members of the practice who are well-versed in prosecution practice. Our litigators focus on the entire scope of the dispute, including the industry and technology involved and the client’s business strategies.

We regularly represent both U.S. and foreign-based clients in various industries, and we have successfully prosecuted and defended patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets cases throughout the United States, including the more frequently used patent venues located in Virginia and Texas. In addition, we have represented clients before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ICANN, the Federal Circuit, and other Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Select representative matters:

  • Lead trial counsel securing jury verdict for the defendants, of invalidity on several grounds including inventorship, and non-infringement. Patent covered 9-1-1 call routing on a VOIP platform. Motions for Judgment as a Matter of Law, filed by plaintiff, denied by district court judge (Cassidian v. Microdata GIS, et al., Eastern District of Texas, 2:2012-cv-162).
  • Won summary judgment of non-infringement for defendants on patent that covered chlorine dioxide cleaning solutions. Plaintiffs appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in January 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling of non-infringement (Odostar v. SMM Distributors, et al., Southern District of Florida, 0:2013-cv-60136).
  • Won summary judgment of invalidity for declaratory judgment plaintiff, on patents covering communication network using Iridium satellite constellation and GPS location techniques (Straight Path LLC v. Telesphere, Eastern District of Virginia, 1:2013-cv-937).
  • Represented plaintiff in a Declaratory Judgment action seeking invalidation of patents that cover location technology, settled favorably with dismissal with prejudice (Telecommunication Systems Inc. v. Porto, Eastern District of Virginia, 3:2014-cv-111).
  • Presented inventor of “Allegra” in dispute with University employer over distribution of proceeds received from research that led to the patented allergy medication, resulting in favorable settlement with University and third party graduate student who claimed to be a co-inventor (Woosley v. Georgetown University, Eastern District of Virginia, 1:2000-cv-504).
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