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.
May 7, 2014
April 29, 2014
Dentons Paris IP partner David Masson and Associate Julien Abella have published a five-page article entitled “brevet unitaire: il faut saisir la balle au bond”, (Unitary patents – we must seize the opportunity) in reference legal publication Cahiers de Droit de l’Entreprise. Read more
February 18, 2014
David Masson, Paris Partner and Head of Dentons Europe IP&T Group, has been named a World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) neutral for FRAND licensing disputes. Read more
Three Dentons IPT&C teams and seven lawyers individually have been distinguished by WTR 2014. Read more
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November 5, 2014
September 15, 2014
Patents are required to “conclude with one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as [the] invention.” 35 U. S. C. §112. This requirement, known as "definiteness," dates back to the first Patent Act in 1790 and serves an important public notice function ensuring that patents afford clear notice of what is claimed as one's invention. Read more
August 1, 2014
Football fans' excitement as the long, dark 33 days without top class football finally ended with the start of the Premier League season on 16 August was muted by an announcement from the Premier League that it was going to "clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online". Read more
The Canadian government recently introduced a Bill which contained the most significant changes to Canada's trademark laws in modern history. Due to the fact that the revisions were contained in an omnibus Budget Implementation Bill (Bill C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1), they were introduced without consultation and passed despite serious concerns from intellectual property lawyers and businesses over their potential impact. The Bill received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, and is now the law in Canada. The specific amendments to the Trademarks Act that will be discussed in this article are not yet in force, but are expected to be made effective in the fall of 2014, as soon as the necessary regulations are drafted. Once these regulations are in place, the landscape of Canadian trademark law will be changed dramatically. Read more
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News and Events
December 3, 2014
New York, December 3, 2014
Roman Tsibulevskiy of Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice will be leading a webinar presented by the Clear Law Institute on Wednesday, December 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. Read more
San Jose, December 9, 2014
The faculty presenting this conference will teach corporate counsel and attorneys who represent innovation-based companies about protecting trade secrets as well as the pros and cons of claiming trade secret rights instead of patent or other intellectual property protection. They will address existing trade secret laws, the proposed federal trade secret law, and strategies and tips for creating policies and procedures for the workplace and the employment relationship. Read more
The intellectual property landscape is changing, with significant legal developments across the globe. Amendments to the America Invents Act (AIA), a more activist Supreme Court and a raft of anti-patent-troll bills are affecting practice around patents in the US and globally. Meanwhile, patent reform in Europe moves ahead with the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Read more
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Recent Press Releases
08 August 2014
August 4, 2014
Global law firm Dentons advised Finatem Beteiligungsgesellschaft on the acquisition of lichtbasis meissner – spahn gmbh. The purchase was effected including a reinvestment of the previous shareholders/management and, therefore, is at the same time a management and owner buy-out. The transaction was carried out through a financing provided by BHF-Bank AG. The parties agreed not to disclose the volume of the transaction. Read more
July 15, 2014
A cross-border Dentons team completed two transactions on behalf of Mblox Incorporated, a Silicon Valley-based technology company and the world's largest application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider. In a short time frame, a team of lawyers based in the US and UK successfully advised Mblox two strategic technology company acquisitions. Read more
Dentons announced today that Garreth Sarosi has joined the Firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice as a partner in the Dallas office. He arrives with more than a decade of experience handling complex IP litigation matters in multiple areas of focus, as well as managing antitrust compliance and government investigations, consumer policies, transactional due diligence, class action litigation and more. Read more
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