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.
Intellectual Property and TechnologyFebruary 18, 2014
Three Dentons IPT&C teams and seven lawyers individually have been distinguished by WTR 2014. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologySeptember 2013
In BTI Consulting Group's latest report, BTI Litigation Outlook 2014, clients ranked Dentons in the top 10 percent of all law firms for intellectual property litigation. This year's report, based on 300 one-on-one interviews with corporate counsel, including litigation heads and general counsel, was conducted between March and June of 2013. Read moreUnited StatesJune 10, 2013
The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 32 Dentons practices and 82 lawyers. Recognition for the Firm includes "excellent at representing their clients;" "top-notch firm, very good results with them;" and "always prepared, always accessible, and never fail to deliver." Read more
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Intellectual Property and TechnologyJanuary 29, 2014
On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued a decision that changed the calculation of Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) for an application that included a Request for Continued Examination (RCE). In that decision, Novartis AG v. Lee, No. 2013-1160, -1179 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the CAFC determined that, for an application whose prosecution includes an RCE filing, the amount of “B-delay” used to calculate PTA includes the time between allowance and issuance.
A patentee dissatisfied with a PTA determination must file an application for PTA in the USPTO within two months of the patent issuance, a period that can be extended by up to five months. See 37 CFR § 1.705(b). Accordingly, reconsideration of PTA can be requested up to seven months after issuance, but extension fees will accrue after the first two months. There is also the option to file a lawsuit to correct the calculation of PTA. See 35 U.S.C. § 154(b)(4)(A). For patents granted before January 14, 2013, the PTA statute requires that a civil action be filed within 180 days after patent grant. Read moreIntellectual Property LitigationJanuary 8, 2014
In an economy driven by information, preserving and utilizing your intellectual property is key. Partner Rob McDonald and Associate C. Gideon Korrell present an overview of issues in Canadian intellectual property law. Learn how litigation is shaping the IP climate and how you can safeguard some of your most valuable rights and assets. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologyJanuary 8, 2014
How much control can employers exert over the use of social media? What rights do employees have when they take to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest? Partner Sandra McCandless takes you through this evolving area of law and the balance to be struck between employee rights and employer responsibilities. Read more
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Intellectual Property and TechnologySt. Petersburg, Russian FederationMarch 13, 2014
You are invited to a private master class entitled: “Protection of IP rights in the UK: what you can and cannot do”. The master class will be taken by unique intellectual property experts from Dentons’ London office, John Linneker and Tatiana Kruse. Read more
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CorporateMarch 11, 2014
A team led by Elizabeth Foster represented the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club in the acquisition of its affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, a professional ice hockey team based in California. Read moreUnited StatesFebruary 24, 2014
Partners Rick Ross, Meghan Cocci, Eric Sophir, Stephen Fields and Michelle Shapiro will help Law360 shape its coverage of Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Private Equity, and White Collar developments in 2014. Read moreSilicon ValleyFebruary 18, 2014
Lissi Mojica and Kevin Greenleaf has joined Dentons' Silicon Valley office and Intellectual Property and Technology practice as principal and counsel, respectively. Their addition marks a further expansion of Dentons' formidable Intellectual Property Group, a top-tier practice consisting of more than 100 lawyers and technically trained professionals. Read more
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