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Briggs and Morgan’s top-rated intellectual property attorneys can help you maximize the value of your IP and avoid risk. Briggs’ IP lawyers have been recognized by their peers as “Top 40 Intellectual Property” lawyers, Intellectual Property “Super Lawyers,” and Minnesota Attorneys of the Year. As a result, they possess the knowledge and breadth of experience to understand your business and help you achieve your objectives. Briggs’ IP Section takes pride in providing experience equal to large coastal firms at Midwest prices and with Midwest client responsiveness. Our services include:

Sampling of recent representative experience:

  • Non-infringement finding and complete defense verdict in Eastern District of Virginia in a case involving stent grafts in 2012, followed by a summary affirmance at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in 2013, on a case with an $85 million claim by plaintiff.
  • Successfully represented client in a major patent infringement action involving graphical software programming and systems, which involved over 500 patent claims, and navigating highly complex litigation and Patent Office reexamination issues.
  • Developed, implemented and manage the national and international trademark policing and enforcement efforts for a national real estate development and construction company, with over 300+ successful enforcement matters to date.
  • Develop patent drafting, filing and prosecution strategies in cross-discipline market involving psychology, physiology and physics to provide therapeutic results using new consumer healthcare equipment.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing the shutdown of Fortune 500 client’s enterprise management software due to allegations of copyright infringement.

Representative Matters

  • Developed and implemented copyright strategy for protecting original designs for manufactured quartz surfaces.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of seven figure breach of patent license agreement claim following week-long arbitration hearing.
  • Obtained favorable Markman ruling adopting clients’ claim interpretations in their entirety resulting in multimillion dollar settlement.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in patent infringement litigation mandating the shutdown of music sampling systems in Fortune 500 company’s retail stores throughout the United States.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing the shutdown of Fortune 500 client’s enterprise management software due to allegations of copyright infringement.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of trade dress claims against the key product line of a large international toy manufacturer and distributor.
  • patents and trademarks for building trade hand tools, industrial pumps, sprayers and cleaning hand tools, plumbing supplies, portable room partitions, windows and door, institutional ceiling tiles, panels and treatments.
  • Prosecuting copyrights for camouflage hunting clothes.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for agricultural chemicals and fertilizers.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for archery accessories, including broadheads and releases, archery bows and rifles.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for asphalt products and landscaping supplies.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for health food and food ingredients, agricultural and animal ventilation products, beer brewing and restaurant services and ice cream products.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for hunting accessories.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for jewelry.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for pet supplies.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for sports mouthguards and dental appliances, prosthetics and artificial limbs and catheters.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for stickers, paper products, printed labels, tamper resistant seals, canvas products and other packaging equipment.
  • Prosecuting patents and trademarks for toys.
  • Prosecuting patents for crossbows and accessories.
  • Prosecuting patents for gas permeation sensing equipment.
  • Prosecuting patents for heavy duty demolition equipment.
  • Prosecuting patents for novelty and party balloons.
  • Prosecuting trademarks and contracts for outdoor celebrities.
  • Provide strategic counseling on intellectual property matters; license drafting and negotiation; portfolio development and pre-suit analyses for various companies.
  • Represent accused infringer in a patent infringement action relating to vascular stent technology. Obtained complete stay of district court proceeding pending resolution of IPR, including all appeals.
  • Represent multiple companies in procurement and enforcement of worldwide patent and trademark rights.
  • Represented a medical device company in a trademark infringement action related to programmable vests used to provide airway clearance treatment.
  • Represented cosmeceutical client who was sued by a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company for patent infringement on a chemical patent related to prostaglandins. Obtained favorable Markman ruling during claim construction, followed by summary judgment of non-infringement, which removed client from patent infringement claims.
  • Represented Fortune 100 manufacturing company in patent infringement dispute against competitor relating to synthetic orthopedic casting tapes. Obtained $129 million verdict in favor of client, which verdict was upheld on appeal.
  • Represented Fortune 200 medical device manufacturer in patent infringement litigation related to patent on stent grafts. Non-infringement ruling and $0 award where plaintiff sought $85 million in damages.
  • Represented Fortune 200 medical device manufacturer in patent litigation on patents related to shape memory alloys asserted against a company making stent grafts. On eve of trial, negotiated settlement agreement with favorable license terms for client.
  • Represented Fortune 200 medical device manufacturer in patent litigation on patents related to shape memory alloys asserted against company making PFO occluder devices. Obtained $57 million jury verdict in favor of client.
  • Represented Fortune 200 medical device manufacturer patent holder in week-long bench trial in the Northern District of California on defendants' defense of obviousness type double patenting. Negotiated favorable confidential settlement on behalf of client before the opinion was issued.
  • Represented human resources company in week-long bench trial in Eastern District of Virginia against competitor who asserted a portfolio of family trademark rights. Complete non-infringement ruling obtained and client was able to continue full use of contested marks.
  • Represented Lion’s Tap in a much publicized “David vs. Goliath” trademark infringement lawsuit.
  • Successfully gained control of Chinese trademark registration from Chinese infringer.
  • Successfully prosecuted copyright infringement action on behalf of author against large international publishing company.

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IntellectualIP is a Briggs and Morgan and University of Minnesota Law School – Educational Co-Sponsor blog. It’s intended to provide practical information concerning U.S. and international intellectual property law. Opinions expressed on this blog do not reflect University of Minnesota support or endorsement of Briggs and Morgan or of any other non-university entity cited or linked to on this site.