Businesses around the globe value intellectual property and technology services. These services allow maximum efficiency for companies, providing their customers with their own unique services. In perpetual motion, players must create innovative products and services to feed constant and escalating market demand. Everyone from the developer to the user has an enormous amount invested in products. In this high-stakes environment, you need protection for your original work. This requires a partner with extensive knowledge of different solutions who can choose the best legal remedy.
Dentons’ lawyers understand these requirements and work relentlessly to protect your investment, whether it’s a new medical device, company logo or computer software program. Together, we address complex legal questions with advice tailored to your business needs. From protecting intellectual property rights, through advising on data security issues, technology licensing and sourcing strategies, you receive practical and informed guidance.
Our integrated approach to litigation, counseling and transactions is a powerful strategy that delivers optimal results to you. To provide you with seamless service, members of our Intellectual Property and Technology (IP&T) practice frequently team with lawyers from other practice areas. Our enviable track record includes representing individual inventors, artists and entrepreneurs, public institutions, emerging companies, venture capital groups and global corporations.
Protecting your work to the highest caliber drives our efforts to learn about and promote the latest developments in the intellectual property arena. Our IP&T professionals lecture, teach and publish on intellectual property subjects. Additionally, we participate in committees of related organizations.
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- Canadian purchaser: Advising on 405 linocuts by Pablo Picasso worth $20 million and the charitable donation of this highly significant art to an art gallery in Saskatchewan. Our advice covers issues relating to the purchase, export of the art from England and importation of the art into Canada, donation, transportation, insurance and taxation of this noteworthy donation, the largest in the province's history.
- Converse Inc.: Advising on highly complex trademark litigation regarding the distribution of counterfeit Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes by a major retail chain resulting in a landmark decision by the German Federal Court of Justice; the ruling stated that the defendant must prove that the products sold are authentic and that the trademark owner must only substantiate that the products are counterfeit. Given that there is an exception if the defendant can prove that the trademark holder employs an exclusive distribution system, this ruling has shifted the future focus of trademark infringement cases to the ”struggle for reversing the burden of proof”.
- Global entertainment company: Advising in regards to intellectual property enforcement and litigation in Canada with respect to trade-mark and copyright infringement, counterfeit goods, domain name disputes and brand dilution.
- Leading multinational high-tech company: Representing company in a major ongoing patent litigation in France (on the merits and preliminary injunction) regarding the continuity of the sale of some of its products in France.
- Major multinational online music service provider: Advising on the copyright clearances required to launch in Canada. Our assistance helped lay the groundwork for the continued worldwide expansion of this popular, cutting-edge music service.
- Monsanto Company: Serving as outside patent counsel to the global agricultural biotechnology company, processing a substantial portion of their patents and managing patent portfolios worldwide.
- Several luxury brand owners: Advising in obtaining the seizure, delivery up and destruction of counterfeit luxury goods together with interim and permanent injunctions to prevent the continued distribution of the branded goods.
- Steam distribution and sand control company: Advising for enhanced recovery solutions in the oil and gas industry leading to the successful defense of an action involving claims of patent infringement and invalidity in respect of slotted liner technology.
- Vkontakte: Advising one of the largest Eastern European social network on almost all legal aspects of the company’s activities in Russia. For years our team has handled a large number of high-profile litigation cases for the client regarding the network’s liability for illegal audio and video content uploaded by users. Some court decisions for these cases set precedents in Russia and have been actively discussed in mass media sources. Our work demonstrated our ability to handle highly complex litigations to the benefit of our clients. In addition to a series of litigation mandates, our team has recently advised the client on data protection issues, corporate, employment, and general commercial issues. We have also achieved a recognition of the VKontakte logo as a well-known trademark in the Russian Federation.
- Yahoo!: Representing the online service giant in a variety of transactions involving content, data feeds and technology licensing. We also work with the company on various Internet issues including online privacy, publishing issues, contracting and pending legislation.
August 3, 2015
May 22, 2015
Dentons was listed among the top 15 most active law firms for Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions filed in the first half of 2015 by Managing IP. Read more
April 6, 2015
The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks 101 total Dentons practices and lawyers and marks the advancement of key Firm practices and individuals. Read more
Nine of our women lawyers were highlighted across multiple categories in the "Leading Women Lawyers" edition of Leading Lawyer Magazine, a monthly publication that highlights top legal practitioners in Illinois. Read more
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August 21, 2015
August 20, 2015
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued its proposed changes to the rules for AIA trials, which include inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR) and the transitional program for covered business methods (CBM). Former Director David Kappos had promised to revisit the rules, and the USPTO is doing so nearly three years after establishing AIA trials. The litigation landscape has changed drastically since then, and changes are continuing. Importantly, the USPTO responded to comments received in response to a preliminary request for comments. These responses may prove important to ongoing practices, including interaction between AIA trials, reissues, continuations and reexaminations. Read more
August 13, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, has expanded the scope of divided infringement (sometimes called joint or split infringement), a form of direct infringement in which the steps of a method claim are being performed by different parties. Akamai Techns., Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., Nos. 2009-1372, 1380, 1416, 1417 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2015) (en banc). The case involves methods of delivering electronic data over a content delivery network, wherein performance of the claim steps was divided between Limelight and its customers. Read more
On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit extended the reach of the ITC to cover accused articles that do not directly infringe when coming into the country through customs, but are later made or used to directly infringe a method claim. Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, No. 2012-1170 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 10, 2015) (en banc). The involved article in Suprema is a finger print scanner with its associated software development kit. After importation, the software kit was used to develop custom software to operate the scanner in an infringing manner. Read more
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May 19, 2015
April 8, 2015
Global law firm Dentons represented Bayer Healthcare under civil and criminal law in connection with the complex “Pillendienst” case. The defendants in this procedure, among them Matthias M., considered to be one of the founders of the “Pillendienst”, were accused of criminal trademark infringement, criminal offences under the Medicinal Products Act and conspiracy to defraud. Read more
April 5, 2015
A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world's largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US. Read more
Isabelle Leroux, partner in Dentons Intellectual Property and Technology group (IP&T), will now divide her time between Paris and Dubai offices.
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