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Areas of Practice


Intellectual Property

Overview

Starnes Davis Florie's Intellectual Property practice group has extensive experience handling IP litigation.   We have successfully litigated patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants.
  
Our attorneys have extensive courtroom experience and are responsive to the client's needs.  Whether it is a small matter needing to be resolved quickly or "bet-the-company" litigation, we will tailor a case-specific strategy to achieve the client's goals.  As a result, we are routinely called upon to represent our clients in high-profile IP litigation.

Global Law Experts (GLE) named Starnes Davis Florie LLP "Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Alabama - 2016."

Our experience includes:

  • Representation of numerous corporations, including Sony and Procter & Gamble, in patent litigation.
  • Representation of the University of Alabama in its trademark dispute with Daniel Moore that garnered national attention from many national publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of plaintiffs, UAB and the UAB Research Foundation, in a trade secrets dispute relating to a universal control system for electrosurgical devices
  • Obtained a judgment on behalf of a national franchisor against a former franchisee for trademark infringement.
  • Representation of a large government contractor in an intellectual property dispute involving the ownership of a website created by a former independent contractor.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment dismissing all trade secrets claims against a large hedge fund in a trade secrets and fraud case relating to the purchase of the international energy portfolio from the Enron bankruptcy.
  • Obtained a complete dismissal of claims against Emory University arising from a technology transfer agreement.
  • Obtained a settlement for the University of Alabama at Birmingham worth at least $11 million in a patent dispute with Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Obtained a $25 million settlement for the University of Alabama in Huntsville in a patent dispute with Nektar Therapeutics, Inc.

 

Recent Publications:

  • Big Verdicts, Limited Discovery: The Rising Importance of Trade Secrets in Alabama, 44 CUMBERLAND LAW REVIEW 55 (2014).