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Intellectual Property Disputes & Litigation

Miles & Stockbridge’s intellectual property (IP) litigation lawyers provide sophisticated, creative and winning legal strategies to public and private companies and individuals confronting high-stakes IP disputes involving patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade names, and trade secrets.  Our integrated team approach marries our seasoned trial lawyers with the scientific and technical expertise of our patent prosecution group and our trademark and copyright practitioners.  Coupled with our deep understanding of our clients’ businesses, we provide effective and innovative approaches when bringing cases to protect our clients’ IP or when defending against challenges to those valuable rights.  We litigate matters in the federal and state courts nationwide, appear before the International Trade Commission and handle appeals to the Federal Circuit and other federal and state appellate courts in cases raising issues of infringement, validity, enforceability, inventorship, as well as claims of unfair trade practices, product disparagement, antitrust, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

In addition to experienced trial lawyers with decades of frontline bench and jury trial experience, our team benefits from the unique perspectives provided by a former Chief Administrative Patent Judge and two other former Administrative Patent Judges on the Board of Patent Appeals, a former Associate Solicitor of the USPTO and a judicial clerk to the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Miles & Stockbridge’s IP litigation group, working hand in hand with our clients, has amassed an impressive record of success in even the most complex IP disputes, including:

  • Serving as co-counsel to the prevailing party in the landmark Supreme Court case of Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. v. University of Illinois Foundation, which overturned the longstanding federal court doctrine allowing patent holders to sue for infringement in additional circuits after a finding of invalidity in one venue.
  • Representing the defendant in Sunbeam Corp. v. Chiaphua Industries in a dispute over a miniature food processor, setting two legal precedents in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals involving trademark law as it relates to the configuration of goods.
  • Representing the British developers of hovercraft technology in Hovercraft Development Ltd. v. United States resulting in a $6 million settlement and establishing the global hovercraft industry.
  • Representing a medical device manufacturer in a federal court suit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to halt an improperly granted re-examination request. As a result of that case, the USPTO revised portions of its Manual of Patent Examining Procedure to comply with the court decision.

Miles & Stockbridge understands that our clients’ intellectual property rights are always the product of our clients’ creativity and always represent years of investment.  We also know that they are often the linchpin of our clients’ business and future development plans.  Whether or not there are landmark legal issues involved as in the cases highlighted above, our intellectual property litigation group always brings the full force of its unique skillset to bear to ensure that our clients’ intellectual property rights are fully protected.