Intellectual Property & Technology

Intellectual Property Litigation

Stites & Harbison’s IPT Group has extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters before federal and state courts throughout the nation. This experience also extends to all levels of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court. Our firm's litigators aggressively protect the intellectual property assets of our clients, and defend those who have been wrongfully accused of infringing others’ intellectual property rights. The firm has handled a number of significant and well-known intellectual property disputes and has served as lead counsel in intellectual property litigation in more than 30 states. Below are examples of the firm's experience:

Patent Infringement Litigation

  • Representing a manufacturer of coolant compounds in a patent infringement litigation against a competitor that resulted in a $40 million royalty payment to our client by the defendant
  • Representing a patent holder in the lighting industry in a patent infringement trial that resulted in a multi-million-dollar jury verdict
  • Defending a developer of financial software and systems in a patent infringement trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which resulted in a judgment as a matter of law in favor of our client
  • Defending a toner cartridge manufacturer in an action brought by one of the world's largest printer manufacturers
  • Defending a supplier of accelerometers in suit brought by patent holding company against several large automotive manufacturers
  • Defending a national manufacturer of athletic pads in an infringement action brought by a competitor. Litigation was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and eventually resulted in an award of attorneys' fees to our client.
  • Representing a manufacturer of nacho cheese dispensers in multiple actions against infringers of its patents
  • Defending a manufacturer of cable reels in an infringement action brought by a competitor

Trademark Infringement/Unfair Competition Litigation

  • Defending a local automobile service company against a national oil company's claim of infringement of the INSTANT OIL CHANGE mark
  • Defending a financial company offering variable annuities under the MARQUEE mark that was accused of infringing a bank's MARQUIS mark used for mutual funds
  • Defending a new pizza franchisor accused by a major national franchisor of trade dress infringement
  • Representing a cabinet retailer who owned the SCHEIRICH mark in an infringement action against a homebuilder and its related cabinet company using the SCHIERICH mark with kitchen cabinets
  • Defending a local, family-owned auto parts business using the ADVANCE AUTO mark in an action brought by a major regional chain using the same mark

Copyright Infringement Litigation

  • Representing Microsoft Corporation in several infringement actions against companies who have loaded pirated software onto computers for resale, and against resellers distributing counterfeit software
  • Representing a marketing company in several infringement actions throughout the nation against car dealerships and billboard advertisers who misappropriated a distinctive advertising campaign
  • Defending a credit information agency accused of infringement by a former software provider
  • Representing a dissolved partnership that created and marketed electronic data interface software
  • Representing an architect who was dismissed from a project and whose plans were then misappropriated in creating the final plan for the project
  • Representing an electronics training company whose advertising materials were copied by a competitor
  • Representing a doctor whose scholarly work was infringed in the creation of a monograph for distribution to surgeons
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New Guidance from the USPTO Aims to Clarify Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Determination

On January 7, 2019, the USPTO released updated guidance on how Patent Examiners should determine whether an invention is directed to subject matter that is eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

by Sean P. Ritchie and Terry L. Wright January 15, 2019
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Stites & Harbison Promotes Five Attorneys in 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2019
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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IP: Protecting and Enhancing Your Current and Future Success

Date: 12/17/18

Ideal Lab, 1/F, No. 5 Science Park West Avenue, Hong Kong Science Park

IP attorney Jeff Langer is a featured speaker at this seminar presented by IIPCC in Hong Kong.

Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. November 29, 2018
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Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super La...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 27, 2018
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Benchmark Litigation 2019 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and four as “Future Stars” in Kentu...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 07, 2018
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Best Lawyers names eight Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight attorney...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Jonathan Wolf

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Jonathan Wolf to the Nashville, Tenn. office. Wolf joins the Intellectual Property & Technology an...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 24, 2018
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Benchmark Litigation names David Owsley to the 40 & Under Hot List for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Benchmark Litigation recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney David Owsley to the 40 & Under Hot List for 2018. This is the second tim...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 23, 2018
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Stites & Harbison Attorney Robert Scully Honored by Virginia Super Lawyers for 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The 2018 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers magazine has honored attorney Robert E. Scully, Jr. of the Alexandria, Va., office of Stites & Har...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 10, 2018
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Chambers USA 2018 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 18 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2018 guide. The Chambers USA guid...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2018
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Rapid changes in the Chinese legal system, an increasingly attractive venue for IP litigation

For many years, foreign companies were reluctant to seek and enforce intellectual property protection in China. The Chinese intellectual property legal system has matured rapidly, however.

by Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. May 07, 2018
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Zachary VanVactor selected for Elevate Kentucky Class of 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Leadership Kentucky recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Zachary VanVactor as one of 24 participants for the Elevate Kentucky C...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 28, 2018
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Stites & Harbison bolsters its international intellectual property capabilities

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Jeffery P. Langer to the firm as a Member (Partner) in the Intellectual Property & Technology Servi...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 19, 2018
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Benchmark Litigation honors 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and five as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 26, 2018