Intellectual Property Lawyer
Intellectual property refers to items such as names, logos, copyrights and trademarks. Because these are intangible items, standard property rights law doesn’t apply. Intellectual property rights are created to protect the right of a party to use or reproduce their idea.
The person who initially creates something of value is considered the owner of the intellectual property. An exception to this may exist when an employer contracts with an employee or independent contractor to create something for the employer, depending on the contract or agreement between the parties. Additionally, rights for an item may be sold or given away through various forms of licensing agreements.
Paynter Law has extensive experience in handling intellectual property disputes. These disputes can include:
— Breach of contract. — Copyright issues.
— Licensing agreements. — Trade secrets.
— Nondisclosure agreements. — Unfair competition.
— Intellectual property agreements.
We have handled many notable cases involving intellectual property disputes. One of our firm’s first cases involved representing a small software company against a very large, Fortune 500 company in a contract and trade secret dispute. While they had initially offered our client $11 million dollars prior to our involvement, we were ultimately able to recover $21 million dollars for our client.
Perhaps one of our most notable cases involves our representation of NCAA student athletes in litigation against the NCAA, Electronic Arts, and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Allegations included unlawful use of the names and likenesses of NCAA student athletes in sports video games distributed by Electronic Arts. After five years of litigation, a $60 million combined settlement was reached with the NCAA and Electronic Arts.
In another case, our firm represented a video game developer in a breach of contract action against a large international company. This litigation was resolved to the parties’ mutual satisfaction pursuant to a confidential settlement.
We also represented Robin Antonick, the computer programmer who wrote the original Madden NFL video game. He contended that Electronic Arts (EA) owed him millions of dollars in royalties based on software development contracts between himself and EA. EA fought hard, but unsuccessfully, to get his case dismissed. The case went to trial in June 2013, and the jury found for our client and awarded him past due royalties as well as accumulated interest on those royalties.
Our track record speaks for itself. Our experience, dedication, and professionalism show in the results we obtain for our clients.