We spend a great deal of time counseling clients on how to avoid liability for trademark, patent, and copyright infringement, and on risks attending advertising and Internet activity. We are also skilled in devising strategies for protecting intellectual property rights without resorting to litigation. However, when litigation is unavoidable, we are well prepared to represent our clients in any forum. Our attorneys have been involved in hundreds of suits involving trademark infringement, unfair competition and other claims in state and federal courts, the International Trade Commission, the European Community Trademark Office and in numerous foreign courts and administrative agencies. Many of our attorneys have specialized in intellectual property litigation throughout their careers. They have handled hundreds of suits involving claims for trademark, trade dress, or copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark counterfeiting, trademark dilution, false advertising, and unfair competition.
Arent Fox has litigated numerous disputes involving infringing domain names and other issues arising from the expansion of commerce on the Internet. We have developed extensive expertise and have filed numerous in rem actions for cybersquatting in federal courts. Arent Fox attorneys were among the first to initiate UDRP proceedings before arbitration tribunals. We have also developed guidelines designed to help clients to protect their marks against infringement in this medium.
Our attorneys have been involved in trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation in virtually every state in the United States and in many foreign countries. Our capabilities are bolstered by the experiences of several attorneys who have served as clerks in various federal courts.
We have succeeded in settling many intellectual property disputes through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods. Some of our attorneys are trained mediators and are called on to assist in settling claims for others. On more than one occasion, we have helped our clients find legislative solutions to intellectual property problems by securing amendments to the Trademark Act.