Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Congratulations to the following attorneys: Eric H. Chadwick, Litigation – Patent James H. Patterson, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law Brad D. Pedersen, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law Bradley Thorson, Patent Law
Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc. (RPG), the Niemann family, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are celebrating a victory over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) in a controversial, six-year trademark dispute over the name “Sturgis.” On March 10, the Court found that RPG and Wal-Mart had valid equitable defenses to SMRI’s trademark claims. The Court vacated and dismissed the entire jury damage award of $912,500, ruling that “SMRI is barred from recovering damages and profits from the defendants for the time period prior to October 30, 2015.”
Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Congratulations to the following attorneys: Eric H. Chadwick, Litigation – Patent James H. Patterson, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law Brad D. Pedersen, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law Bradley Thorson, Patent Law
Our litigation team is giving a free lecture next Friday, October 28 at Pericles, Practical Concerns Affecting Foreign Litigants in US Courts and How US Political Issues Affect the Court System. They will discuss concerns that affect foreign litigants in US courts, including (1) deciding where to litigate: federal or state court, and (2) ongoing changes in the law that affect the outcome of civil cases.
Responding to a Patent Infringement Cease and Desist Letter Competing in today’s business climate is difficult enough without the addition of legal headaches. But legal conflicts are part of modern business and sometimes arise in the form of a cease and desist letter from a patent owner. These letters follow a familiar form where a patent owner identifies the patented invention, claims that your product uses it without permission, and demands that in the very near future you either pay up, stop the activity, or both.
Patterson Thuente IP was named as counsel in one of the largest jury verdicts of 2015 in The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) annual “Top 100 Verdicts” list. The firm represented the plaintiffs in Cardiac Science Corp. v. LifeCor Inc, a breach of contract case that resulted in a $23 million verdict. Each year NLJ and its VerdictSearch affiliate compile the list by searching court records, consulting with practitioners and reviewing other published reports. The totals represent jury awards and do not account for judicial reductions, offsets or appeals. Read more about the case
Patterson Thuente IP has entered into alternative fee arrangements with litigation clients for years and has invested significant resources into many of our client’s matters. These arrangements are designed to accommodate clients with a desire for a fee structure other than traditional hourly billing. In return for investing a portion of our fees in the client’s matter, or for taking on unusual fee or collection risk, the firm earns an agreed-upon fee based on predefined criteria. What are Alternative Fee Arrangements? Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) are agreements to provide legal services in exchange for compensation based on something other than hourly billing. Arrangements may take the form of contingency fees, fixed fees, success-based fees, or other alternatives appropriate under the circumstances. For example, an AFA might be a mixture in which the firm receives a percentage of its hourly rate, with the remainder contingent on the outcome achieved. Assuming a favorable outcome, the