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IP Litigation

Litigation of government and common-law conferred patent/trademark rights is the ultimate “proving ground” for such rights.  In the realm of IP litigation, clients benefit optimally when lead trial counsel is able to approach such disputes from the combined perspectives of an experienced IP prosecutor and a trial attorney who is effective in a courtroom environment.  Lawyers who genuinely possess this combination of skill, aptitude, and experience are uncommon.

Throughout his 33-year career, Mr. Graham has successfully handled many IP disputes before state, federal, and appellate courts across the country, as well as patent/trademark matters before administrative trial and appellate courts and tribunals.  His substantial time “in the trenches” as a patent/trademark practitioner in hundreds of prosecutions before the USPTO and overseas agencies contributes significantly to his unique perspective and effectiveness in handling patent, trademark and other intellectual property disputes and litigations for clients.

The following are exemplary IP litigation matters handled by Mr. Graham as lead counsel. If available, copies of final substantive decisions are included for review.[1]

 

Patent Litigations

Cutting Edge Inc. V. Tulsa Dental Products, et al., USDC EDTN-Chattanooga, 1:91-CV-00286, patent infringement matter settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

American Bictech v. KV33 Corporation, USDC EDTN-Greenville, 2-93-cv-00015, patent infringement matter settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Macawber Engineering v. Simon-Macawber, Ltd., et al., USDC EDTN-Knoxville, 3:94-cv-00111, patent infringement matter settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Standard Register Corp. v. International Paper Company, USPTO BPAI Patent Interference Trial, USPN 5,017,416, matter settled favorably for Junior Party after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

LSI Industries, Inc. v. Plasti-line, Inc., American Sign and Marketing Services, Inc., et al., USDC ED KY-Covington, 2:98-CV-00045-WOB-JGW, patent infringement-DJ Action settled favorably for Defendant Counter-Plaintiff (owner of asserted patents) after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

LSI Industries, Inc. v. ImagePoint, Inc., et al., USDC ED KY-Covington, 2:00-CV-00197-DCR-JGW, patent infringement-DJ Action settled favorably for Defendant Counter-Plaintiff (owner of asserted patents) after discovery and dispositive motion practice (consolidated with 00045).

Sevenson Environmental Serv. v. Shaw Environmental, et al., USDC WDNY-Buffalo, 1:02-cv-00527-RJA-HBS, patent infringement, decision for Defendant after discovery and dispositive motion practice, affirmed, Sevenson Environmental Serv. v. Shaw Environmental, et al., 477 F. 3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2007). 

Bryce Thermal Finishing Films v. General Binding Corp., USDC WD TN-Memphis, 2:02-cv-02620, patent infringement-DJ Action settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Lifetime Products, Inc. v. Maxchief Investments Ltd, et al., USDC CD Cal-Santa Ana, 8:02-cv-00350-GLT-AN, patent infringement, decision for Defendant after discovery and dispositive motion practice. 

Grendene S.A. v. Wanted Shoes, Inc., 2:03-cv-00534-KSH, USDC D New Jersey-Newark, patent infringement, trade dress matter settled favorably for Plaintiff on motion for Preliminary Injunction and related motion practice. 

Newell Et Al v. Nagl Manufacturing Co et al., USDC New Jersey-Newark, 2:04-cv-01875-SDW-MCA, patent infringement action settled favorably for Defendants after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Andon Brush Company, Inc. v. Nagl Manufacturing Co. et al., USDC New Jersey-Newark, 2-04-cv-01220-SDW-MCA, patent infringement action settled favorably for Defendants after discovery and dispositive motion practice (consolidated with 01875).

Danimer Scientific, LLC v. Metabolix, Inc., USDC MD GA1:10-cv-00102-WLS, USDC MD Ga-Albany, patent infringement-DJ Action settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Metabolix, Inc., et al. v. International Paper Company, USDC D Mass, 1:10-cv-11176-NMG, patent infringement action settled favorably for Defendant after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Medical Dental Advanced Technologies Group LLC v. Technologiy4Medicine LLC, USDC D. Arizona-Phoenix, 2:12-cv-01761-GMS, patent infringement matter settled favorably for Plaintiff.

BTG International Ltd., et al. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., et al., USDC D New Jersey-Newark, 2:15-cv-05909-KM-JBC, Hatch Waxman patent infringement, pending (Client has temporarily withdrawn ANDA).

Symed Labs Limited et al. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc., USDC D New Jersey-Newark, 2-15-cv-08304-CCC-MF, patent infringement, pending.

Symed Labs Limited et al. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA, USDC D New Jersey-Newark, 2-15-cv-08306-CCC-MF, patent infringement, pending (consolidated for discovery with 08304).

Symed Labs Limited et al. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, USDC D New Jersey-Newark, 2-15-cv-08307-CCC-MF, patent infringement, pending (consolidated for discovery with 08304).

Trademark/Copyright Litigations

Dean v. G & G Ceramics, USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:86-cv-00789, copyright infringement, trial Judgement for Defendant.

Worsley Restaurants, Inc. v. Speedy’s Hamburgers, Inc., USDC ED TN-Greenville, 2:90-cv-265, trademark infringement, prevailed for Defendant after discovery on dispositive motion practice. Worsley Restaurants, Inc. v. Speedy's Hamburgers, Inc., 783 F. Supp. 347 (E.D. Tenn. 1991). 

University of Tennessee v. United Technologies Corp., TTAB Opposition No. 91077564, Judgement for Plaintiff 

Pro Golf of America, Inc. v. Knoxville Pro Golf Discount House, Inc., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 1991, settled favorably for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motions.

Ward Canaday dba American Senepol Breeders Association v. North American Senepol Breeders Association, USDC D VI-St. Croix, 1991, trademark infringement, settled favorably for Defendant on Summary Judgement Motion. 

Shawnee Milling Co. v. Morrison Inc., TTAB Opposition No. 91079318, Trial Judgement for Defendant, affirmed by Federal Circuit March 12, 1992.

Schafer Co. v. Innco Management Corp., USDC EDNC-Fayetteville, No. 91-37-CIV-3-BR, trademark infringement, Judgement for Defendant on Summary Judgement, Schafer Co. v. Innco Management Corp., 797 F. Supp. 477 (ED NC 1992).  Affirmed Schafer Co. v. Innco Management Corp., 995 F.2d 1064 (4th Cir. 1993).

Brenton Production Enterprises Inc. and Cinetel Productions, Division of Bagwell Communications Inc. v. Motion Media Inc., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:92-cv-00718, trademark infringement, Trial Judgement for DJ Plaintiffs, Counter-Defendants, affirmed on appeal by USCA Sixth Circuit, Appeal No. 96-6044, USCA, Opinion Entered September 30, 1997. 

Morrison Restaurants v. Komas, et al, W.D. Mo.-Springfield, 6:93-CV-03004-RGC, Prevailed for Plaintiff on motion for preliminary injunction.

Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Co. v. Worthington de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., TTAB Opposition No. 91098377, Summary Judgement for Defendant April 4, 1997.

Goodson Bros Coffee v. Dart Container Corp., USDC ED TN-Greenville 3:97-cv-00259, trademark infringement, prevailed for Plaintiff on motion for Preliminary Injunction. 

Travis Meats v. Travis Boats & Motors, et al, USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:98-cv-00777, trademark infringement, prevailed for Plaintiff on motion for Preliminary Injunction.

University of Tennessee v. McMillan Clothing Co., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:98-cv-00209, trademark infringement, successfully settled for Plaintiff.

University of Tennessee v. Zuniga, et al., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:99-CV-00171, trademark infringement, settled favorably for Plaintiff in trial.

Mac Equipment Co. v. Michael F. Crawley, TTAB Opposition No. 91079318, Trial Judgement for Defendant May 25, 2000.

The Church of God v. Church of God of Prophecy, TTAB Opposition No. 91094180, Trial Judgement for Defendant May 18, 2000.

Church of God v. The Church of God, TTAB Opposition No. 91098057, Trial Judgement for Plaintiff January 9, 2001.

American Powersports Inc. v. Altus Fitness Products, et al., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:03-cv-00328, trademark infringement, prevailed for Plaintiff with entry of Judgement on motion.

Goodson Bros. Coffee Co., Inc. v. Cafe Gourmet 2 Go, LLC et al., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:07-cv-00132-TAV-CCS, trademark infringement, prevailed for Plaintiff with entry of Judgement on motion. 

In re FF Acquisition Corp., USBC D Miss-Aberdeen, 05-16187-JDW, and associated adversary proceedings, including trademark infringement and other trademark-related claims, resolved favorably for client The Troxel Company and related entities.

Kenneth M. Seaton dba Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center v. Surrey Vacation Resorts, Inc., USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:07-cv-00384-TAV-CCS, trademark infringement, prevailed for Plaintiff after discovery and dispositive motion practice.

Macawber Engineering, Inc. v. Roto-Disc Company, USDC ED TN-Knoxville, 3:06-cv-00050-TAV-HBG, trademark infringement, settled for Plaintiff with entry of consent judgement.

Vanderbilt University v. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc., TTAB Opposition No. 91183673 and Cancellation No. 92052890, Judgement for Defendant on dispositive motion after discovery, June 30, 2011. 


[1] Most IP disputes brought to court settle before a judgment is rendered on the merits.  While trial skills are important, counsel’s experience in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of patent/trademark claims and defenses and in navigating through elements of trial practice peculiar to IP disputes (e.g., patent claim construction, expert witnesses, surveys, and the like) is key to successful resolution of IP claims in advance of trial. 


 



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