Practice Groups

Intellectual Property Litigation

Bassford Remele has extensive experience successfully defending and prosecuting intellectual property (IP) matters involving trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, advertising injuries, and trade secret disputes. We also partner with patent attorneys to provide valuable courtroom experience in patent cases.

Our experience involves disputes that range from relatively small claims to large, complex cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of our past successes include a trade secret case resulting in one of the largest arbitration awards in Minnesota history. Our IP defense work includes frequent representation of policyholders who have liability insurance covering advertising injuries or other claims.

Defending and prosecuting IP claims can be complicated and expensive. At Bassford Remele, we handle these claims far more cost efficiently, with lawyers who have more courtroom experience than most IP litigation firms.

Representative Cases

Represented a global computer-equipment company, obtaining an award in excess of $625 million in a complex trade secret arbitration.

Currently representing a global technology company in a patent infringement claim involving hard disk drive technology.

Defended a national credit-reporting company, obtaining a defense jury verdict after a six-week trial in a complex trademark dispute.

Represented a national restaurant chain, obtaining a summary judgment in a complicated trademark and trade dress infringement claim.

Represented a health care provider, obtaining resolution of a copyright and trademark infringement action.

Defended a large health system, obtaining a favorable resolution in a patent infringement claim involving security systems.

Represented a marketing company, obtaining dismissal of a trade secret dispute.

Represented a global medical-device company, obtaining a summary judgment in a case involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information.

Defended a major software company against multiple software vendors, favorably resolving claims of copyright and trademark infringement.

Defended a global manufacturing company, obtaining a decision addressing the application of the law of the flag doctrine in patent litigation cases.

Represented an auto-body supply distributor, obtaining a favorable award in a patent infringement claim.

Represented a software inventor, obtaining dismissal of a large claim by a major bank under a patent license agreement.

Represented a university in a patent inventorship dispute.

Represented an asset management company in a business method patent infringement matter.

Represented a doll manufacturer against multinational manufacturers and retailers on claims of trade dress infringement, dilution, false advertising, right of publicity and co-branding, which was resolved after successfully overcoming summary judgment.

Successfully defended producers of Lord of the Rings movies against travel agency in trademark infringement and dilution claims matter. 

Represented an advertising agency, obtaining an order in a copyright dispute regarding a television advertisement and limiting the scope of discovery and damages before the matter was resolved.

Successful defense of a preliminary injunction motion in a color trade dress matter involving ice fishing shelters.

Represented a plaintiff in a gray market/counterfeiting unfair competition matter regarding auto parts sold under plaintiff’s trademark, obtaining an order that plaintiff’s parts sold outside its distribution chain were materially different due to warranty issues.

Successfully represented a shareholder in a successor liability dispute over trademark rights and the imposition of an equitable lien in marks when the losing party attempted to move them to another corporation.

Represented a tanning salon, obtaining dismissal of an unfair competition claim between competing salon chains.