Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Construction & Home Improvement


Univ. of North Dakota v. James Hardie Research, et al. (2004)
Represented defendant in intellectual property contract dispute. Obtained preliminary injunction and summary judgment in client’s favor. Achieved favorable case-dispositive settlement for client.

Cabinet Vision v. Cabnetware
We represented the defendant in post-trial proceedings in a patent infringement action relating to computer-aided design software.  Initially, we obtained an injunction against patent owner making misrepresntations to potential customers regarding the anticipated outcome of a lawsuit. Later, we successfully obtained Judgment as a Matter of Law overturning an unfavorable jury verdict on invalidity, which was affirmed on appeal. Unpublished opinion: 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 2030.

Beam System, Inc. v. Checkpoint Systems, Inc. et al., 42 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1461 (C.D. Cal. 1997)
Represented Diversified Systems, one of the defendants, in obtaining dismissal of copyright infringement claims involving computer software. Diversified Systems sells systems for controlling HVAC in office buildings to allow tenants to control their own lighting and heating.

Cook v. Makita USA, Inc.
We defended the world’s premier power tool maker, Makita USA, in a trade secret misappropriation case relating to power tool design. The plaintiff alleged that he was the inventor of a power tool accessory, and claimed that he had presented the accessory to Makita pursuant to a non-disclosure agreement. We resolved the matter favorably shortly before trial, when the plaintiff dismissed all claims without any compensation from our client.

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