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Intellectual property litigation (court protection of rights)

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Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset for businesses and individuals alike. IP rights can be protected through registration with the relevant government agency(for patents and trademarks) or with the publication or registration (for copyright) and through litigation in the courts. Intellectual property litigation is the process of enforcing and defending IP rights in court.

IP litigation can involve a range of different areas of law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Patent litigation is often the most complex and expensive form of IP litigation, as it involves technical subject matter and requires specialized knowledge and expertise. Trademark litigation is also common, as trademarks are a critical part of a company's branding and identity.

One of the primary goals of IP litigation is to prevent others from infringing on a company's IP rights. Infringement occurs when someone uses or copies an invention, brand name, logo, or other form of intellectual property without permission. IP owners have the right to bring legal action against infringers in order to stop the unauthorized use and recover damages for any harm caused.

IP litigation can take many forms, including sending a claim, filing a lawsuit, seeking an injunction, or defending against a claim of infringement. The litigation process can be lengthy and expensive, requiring extensive preparation and the involvement of expert witnesses. It can also be highly technical, requiring an in-depth understanding of the relevant laws and regulations.

In addition to proving infringement, IP litigators must also present evidence of the value of the intellectual property in question. This may involve showing how the IP has contributed to the success of the business, or presenting evidence of the licensing agreements or other uses of the IP.

Examples of Intellectual property litigation (court protection of rights)

Apple vs. Samsung: This long-running patent dispute involved claims by Apple that Samsung had infringed on its patents for mobile devices. The case went through multiple appeals and resulted in a $1 billion judgment against Samsung, although this was later reduced.

Google vs. Oracle: This case involved a dispute over the use of Java code in Android, Google's mobile operating system. Oracle claimed that Google had infringed on its copyright by using the code without permission. The case went to the Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in Google's favor.

Nike vs. MSCHF: This case involved a dispute over a limited-edition shoe created by MSCHF that featured a modified Nike Air Max 97 design. Nike claimed that the shoe infringed on its trademark and caused confusion among consumers. The case was settled out of court, with MSCHF agreeing to recall the shoes and offer refunds.

Mattel, Inc. vs. Yasen Food Company: The toy manufacturer was very surprised when it discovered in 2019 that its trademark Barbie was already registered in Ukraine in Cyrillic for another person. Because of this, he was forced to file a lawsuit in court for early termination of the certificate due to the fact that the Ukrainian company does not use such a mark. The court came to the conclusion that the facts of the use of the trademark by the food company have not been established, and therefore the claim is subject to satisfaction.

The first private brewery vs. Carlsberg Ukraine: very similar trademarks were found to be registered with beer producers - TM "RYZDVYANIY" and TM "RYZDVYANE". The courts nevertheless decided that despite the phonetic similarity, the graphical designations differ, and this makes it impossible to confuse them by the consumer.

These cases demonstrate the complexity and importance of intellectual property law, as well as the high stakes involved in protecting intellectual property rights.

The outcome of IP litigation can have significant consequences for businesses and individuals. In some cases, a successful outcome can result in substantial monetary damages or a permanent injunction preventing further infringement. In other cases, the parties may reach a settlement agreement that involves a licensing arrangement or other compromise.

Overall, intellectual property litigation is an important tool for protecting the valuable assets of businesses and individuals. It requires careful planning, extensive preparation, and a thorough understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. IP owners should work closely with experienced IP litigators to develop a comprehensive litigation strategy that addresses their specific needs and goals.

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Head of Commercial and Civil Law Practice

Lawyer, specialist in intellectual property. Specializes in registration and protection of copyrights, inventions, patents, trademarks, as well as development of intellectual property transfer agreements, license agreements.

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