Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law is vast and includes the areas of patents, licensing, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  Located in Silicon Valley, the firm represents individuals, inventors and businesses in protecting their respective intellectual property through prosecution and defense of these matters.

Given the escalated competitive environment caused by the rapid change in technology in the fields of semi-conductors, telecom, bio-sciences, consumer electronics, computer-science, software, business methods and medicine, the attorneys and staff at CPM pride themselves on staying abreast of these changes to better serve its clients.  This includes the firm actively engaging industry leaders and innovators located in the firm’s own backyard, as well as speaking and publishing on the topic of intellectual property.

In addition, the firm has a sophisticated antitrust and complex business litigation expertise that compliments its patent litigation and trade secret practice, especially when monopolization based on fraud (e.g. Walker Process) defenses are warranted.  The expertise in these subject areas coupled with the firm’s extensive trial experience has provided our clients with the ability to aggressively assert their rights in the courtroom.

Our cases range from one of the first lawsuits ever filed for Internet copyright infringement in 1998, to its successful defense in trial of mp3.com, to the successful prosecution of a complex business case involving WaveWare Communications of San Diego and its groundbreaking Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.

RECENT CASES OF NOTE

Exigen Properties, Inc., et al. v. Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
San Mateo County Superior Court
CPM is prosecuting an action on behalf of Exigen Properties and several other companies.  The case centers on the misappropriation of Exigen's proprietary information and trade secrets, including application hosting technology.

2KDirect, Inc. v. AzoogleAds US, Inc., et al.
USDC, Central District of California 
CPM represented a small start up technology company against an online advertising network in a lawsuit alleging trade dress infringement, breach of contract, and misappropriation of technology used for serving banner advertisements across the internet.  The case settled favorably one day before jury selection.

Kendall-Jackson Winery v. E&J Gallo Winery
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
CPM represented Gallo in a trade dress and unfair business practice litigation. (Judgment and verdict for Gallo after jury trial.)

MP3.Com Copyright Cases
Southern District of New York
Multiple cases alleging that MP3.Com committed copyright infringement. Issues of infringement and damages. (Verdict after jury trial.)

Dolores Huerta et al v. Corbis Corporation
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
CPM represented Dolores Huerta, muralists Susan Kelk Cervantes and Juana Alicia, and the United Farm Workers Union of America against Corbis for the illegal sale of copyrighted and trademarked images.

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