Practice Areas

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Our Experience

Our lawyers include seasoned l itigators who bring a wide range of experience to every case.  Several of our attorneys gained substantial litigation experience at large law firms before joining Symbus.

Our lawyers have litigated numerous cases in federal courts, state courts, the Board of Patent Trials and Appeals, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  They have handled numerous cases—from small cases to complex cases involving multiple parties—and they have worked with clients of all sizes—from startups to Fortune 500 companies—in a wide range of industries.  They have worked on cases involving virtually every type of intellectual property case imaginable.

Litigation should generally be viewed as a last resort, but when our clients are drawn into litigation, or litigation is the only way to protect our client’s interests, we have the necessary experience to protect their rights.  Regardless of the size of the case, we emphasize a strategic, flexible, and cost-effective approach designed to achieve the best possible results depending on the particular circumstances of each case.

Our Expertise

Our litigation practice covers a wide variety of IP cases, including the following:

  • Patent litigation
  • Patent interferences
  • Patent re-examinations
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Trademark litigation
  • Trademark oppositions and cancellations
  • Domain name disputes
  • Copyright litigation

Our lawyers have the ability to handle every facet of IP litigation, from “electronic discovery” of digitally stored information to trial.

Patent Litigation

  In addition to patent procurement, valuation, and related services, Symbus attorneys have participated in a wide variety of patent litigation matters, from both plaintiff and defendant sides.

That litigation experience includes presenting and defending patent claims involving startup or early-stage companies, in which patents have played a key role in funding and corporate expansion. Symbus attorneys have also, at the other end of the spectrum, participated in large-scale patent litigations involving Fortune 500 entities seeking to enforce or defend patent rights in complex, multi-district actions in Federal court. Our attorneys have worked on those matters across a variety of technologies and industries.

The prosecution, opinion, and other services and support delivered by Symbus patent practitioners are informed, at every step of the way, with the insights gained from those experiences. In addition, Symbus patent attorneys offer and can deliver help with litigation activity, directly when called on- including to perform pre-litigation diligence (patent “scrubs,” claim charting, and related), and advice and counseling regarding the initiation or defense of infringement suits once underway. Symbus attorneys are ready and able to engage and work with local counsel and other co-counsel arrangements when the size or location of a litigation matter warrants.

Trademark Litigation

Our lawyers have handled a large number of trademark cases for clients in numerous industries, including the beverage, clothing, electronics, healthcare, nutritional, steel, and software industries.  These cases have involved numerous types of trademark, dilution, unfair competition, and related issues.  Our lawyers have litigated trademark cases in numerous federal district courts from the District of Columbia to California, and they have litigated hundreds of cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  They have represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and we have handled several “trademark bullying” cases have gained significant media attention.

Domain Name Disputes

Our lawyers have substantial experience handling domain name disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).  They have arbitrated hundreds of domain name disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and have litigated numerous disputes in federal court.

Copyright Litigation

Our lawyers have significant copyright litigation and related experience.  Their experience spans a number of industries, including the software, news, biotechnology, and architectural industries, and ranges from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) disputes to federal court litigation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
While our lawyers have a strong IP litigation reputation, we have substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Our experience encompasses the entire ADR spectrum, from court-sponsored mediation, to domain name dispute arbitration, to private mediation and arbitration.  One of our lawyers is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and regularly mediates third-party trademark disputes.