Your ideas are worth protecting. More than ever, businesses rise and fall on the strength of their intellectual property. At Gislason & Hunter, we can assist you plan your business strategy by securing trademark and copyright protection, help you leverage those great ideas in the marketplace and ensure that anyone who trades off your hard work and good name is stopped.
Areas of Expertise
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Trade Secrets & Non Competes
Our accomplished attorneys bring substantial expertise to Intellectual Property to deliver the very best in service and results.
Cases & Clients
Represents clients in registering and managing trademark portfolio with over 600 trademarks; work includes trademark application, prosecution with examiners, trademark opposition proceedings, Section 8&15 Acknowledgements and Declarations, Section 8&9 Declarations and Renewals and trademark Cease and Desist notices and litigations.
Ownership of Source Code
Represented group of banks and financial organizations in a dispute on the ownership of the source code used to build their financial transaction platforms online.
Technology Licensing Agreements
Represented a client in transactions involving Technology Licensing Agreements with various public universities in the U.S., Toll Manufacturing Agreements with custom manufacturers in the U.S. and foreign countries, patent applications, patent prosecutions, and trademark registrations in nine jurisdictions including the U.S., various countries in the E.U. through EPO, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Canada.
CruiseCompete, LLC v. Smolinski & Assocs., Inc., et. al.
CruiseCompete, LLC v. Smolinski & Assocs., Inc., et. al.; Southern District of Iowa, Case No. 4:11-cv-00490. David Nelmark served as lead counsel in a case involving breach of contract, trademark infringement, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A confidential settlement was reached after successfully resisting the defendants’ motions to dismiss the case or transfer venue. 859 F.Supp.2d 999 (S.D. Iowa 2012).
Kemin Foods, L.C., et. al. v. OmniActive, et. al.
Kemin Foods, L.C., et. al. v. OmniActive, et. al.; Middle District of Florida, Case No. 8:07-cv-1308-T-33TGW. David Nelmark served as the lead associate in a case involving patent infringement, Lanham Act violations, and unfair competition. Drafted all briefs resulting in a denial of the motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction brought by an India-based parent company and assisted with summary judgment and Markman proceedings. The matter settled after the defendants’ motion for summary judgment was denied and our client received a favorable claim construction. 2009 WL 3157670 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 27, 2009); 654 F.Supp.2d 1328 (M.D. Fla. 2009).
Chris Bowler has assisted multiple clients with various trademark matters. Chris’ trademark experience includes advising clients as to the likelihood of trademark registration; drafting trademark applications and other filings; responding to office actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office; advising clients regarding trademark infringement disputes; and drafting trademark licensing agreements.