Litigation Practice and Adversarial Proceedings

Whenever our clients have disputes involving intellectual property rights, Owen, Wickersham & Erickson attorneys are there and ready in California and, through our network of associates, around the U.S. and the world.  We are resourceful, savvy and skilled  advocates, with experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts in California and throughout the country.  We also handle adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and international tribunals, as well as enforcement proceedings before the U.S. Customs Service to stop counterfeiters in their tracks.

OWE Range of Expertise in Adversarial Proceedings:

  • Prosecuting and defending in court trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and related claims, including where such IP rights form the basis of license or contract disputes;
  • Seeking immediate relief in court to stop infringement by way of preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order, or defending such claims;
  • Opposition, cancellation, and concurrent use proceedings before the TTAB and international trademark tribunals;
  • Obtaining impoundment or seizure orders from the U.S. Customs Service to prevent the importation of infringing goods manufactured abroad.

Representative Litigation Clients:

  • Sanrio Company, Ltd. (owner of the famous Hello Kitty brand) – trademark and copyright infringement, preliminary injunctions/temporary restraining orders, Customs orders
  • Jim Marshall Photography (famous rock and jazz photographer) – copyright infringement
  • Craig Frazier (prominent graphic artist and author) – copyright infringement
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company – trademark litigation
  • Earthquake Sound Corporation – trademark litigation and TTAB actions; international trademark cancellation/opposition proceedings
  • Yakima Products, Inc. – international trademark cancellation/opposition proceedings