Intellectual Property Litigation


Honigman's Intellectual Property Litigation practice integrates broad and deep technical knowledge with the litigation skills and resources of a large, general business practice firm. Our intellectual property litigators are—first and foremost—trial lawyers and understand that the positioning of a case for trial can best serve the business goals of our client. Our lawyers handle matters across the country in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings and administrative agencies such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission. We also have extensive experience representing our clients in patent litigation matters against non-practicing entities and have established favorable results to alleviate this burden on our clients’ businesses.

The stature of Honigman's Intellectual Property practice is widely recognized by clients and peers. Honigman is the only Band 1 firm in the state of Michigan in the practice area of Intellectual Property as ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017. Further, we rank among the top five percent of law firms for IP litigation according to a survey conducted by The BTI Consulting Group, a well-respected legal research firm.

By assembling a talented team of litigators, many with advanced degrees and extensive trial and jury experience with in-depth knowledge of patent, trademark, and copyright law, we are able to maximize the value of our representation and adherence to achieving our clients’ goals. In addition to handling patent, copyright, trademark litigation, trade secret litigation, and unfair competition matters, we also have significant experience handling trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, domain name and cybersquatting, and licensing or contractual disputes. We possess the scientific knowledge to handle an extensive range of substantive matters such as molecular and plant biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

Our Intellectual Property Litigation attorneys also work with experts from top universities, colleges, and research institutions. Where appropriate, we utilize mock juries and litigation support technology such as computer animation to ensure our themes connect with judges and juries. Our attorneys recognize that our clients and their employees often offer the best resources to help us communicate our themes to the court. We believe this collaborative approach provides the key to achieving successful outcomes for our clients.

Our clients range from large multinational companies to small, closely held businesses, educational institutions, private equity firms, institutional investors and inventors from a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, media and entertainment, advertising, e-commerce, analytical equipment, manufacturing, consumer electronics, and software.

Honigman's Intellectual Property Litigation practice combines the technical knowledge and depth of understanding found in a patent boutique with the litigation skills and resources of a large general-practice firm.

Representative Matters

Patent and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Represented Johnson Controls in patent infringement action relating to rolling code/encryption technology; settled on the eve of trial after obtaining several favorable pretrial rulings on claim interpretation and antitrust allegations
  • Counseled a publicly traded computer systems developer on the validity of its patents for caching instructions for microprocessors; litigated a case involving the functionality and quality of CAD/CAM source code software
  • Defended Johnson Controls in a three-week patent infringement trial involving its HomeLink® universal garage door opener system and encryption technology, resulting in invalidating several patents and a nominal verdict against JCI on the remaining patent claim
  • Defended Tier 1 automotive supplier in multi-district patent infringement litigation relating to wheel-cladding technology, successfully invalidated two patents at trial
  • Represented patent owner auto supplier in a patent infringement matter relating to fuel pump technology and associated false patent marking claims, including obtaining dismissal of antitrust claims and successful liability phase in trial in Texas
  • Defended a major glass manufacturer in a patent infringement case in Delaware involving sputter-coating technology
  • Defended a major glass manufacturer in a patent infringement case in Delaware involving acoustic glass for windshields
  • Represented defendant in patent infringement action involving LCD design and thin-film transistor manufacturing technology in Delaware, forcing the dismissal of one of two patents-in-suit based on an on-sale bar
  • Defended Metalloid and its owners in trade secrets litigation brought by a Fortune 500 company which resulted in a no liability verdict from the jury
Trademark, Domain Name, and Copyright Litigation
  • Defended major film studio in six-week copyright infringement trial involving allegations of movie script infringement
  • Represented Seattle’s Best Coffee in trademark and copyright infringement litigation in California, resulting in a favorable preliminary injunction and damages award
  • Obtained dismissal, and substantial sanctions award, on behalf of major music publishing company accused of copyright infringement
  • Represented Land Rover in trademark infringement and cybersquatting litigation in Florida resulting in a favorable consent judgment
  • Obtained dismissal for Activision Publishing of injunction proceeding by a musical group alleging infringement of copyright and right of publicity in the use of "cover" recording of famous song in Activision's "Guitar Hero" video game
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fox, Inc., and ABC Television Network of claim that television series infringed plaintiff's treatment for a similar television series; the court held that defendants' show was the product of "independent creation" and not copyright infringement
  • Represented large chemical company in trademark infringement and opposition actions in co-pending disputes in Ohio and Europe, resulting in successful global settlement
  • Reclaimed numerous domain names on behalf of Jaguar Cars Limited, Land Rover, and others in domain name arbitration actions

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