Experience

Successfully Secured Photo Usage Rights for Animal Care Client

Drafted and successfully secured releases for the authorized use of third-party photographs in animal care client’s marketing and advertising campaigns.

Risk Analysis for Use of Celebrity's Name and Likeness in Literary Work

Provided analysis and recommendations regarding liability risk associated with use of a famous celebrity's name and likeness in an original literary work. The project included an in-depth review of the legal concepts of right of publicity, invasion of privacy, misappropriation, false light and defamation.

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit for Gaming Client

Armstrong Teasdale is representing an international gaming client in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a competitor in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The complaint alleges the competitor stole and duplicated the client’s copyrighted gambling handbook from a New Jersey racetrack. In some instances, the competitor even forgot to remove the client’s name when duplicating the infringing handbook.

Favorable Result in DMCA Copyright Case

Obtained an order dismissing claims for secondary copyright infringement against an internet service provider (ISP) and its management company. The plaintiffs sought to hold the clients liable for copyright infringement allegedly committed by the ISP’s subscribers through peer-to-peer file-sharing. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed the plaintiffs' vicarious infringement claims against the ISP with prejudice, and ordered that all claims against the management company be dismissed with prejudice.

50-plus Copyright Applications for Agricultural Client

Prosecuted and successfully registered over 50 copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office for the client, a manufacturer of agricultural sprayers and product application systems.

IP Due Diligence in Business Acquisitions

Led the IP due diligence team in the successful acquisition of at least six animal care products businesses, resulting in the addition of hundreds of trademarks, patents, copyrights and domain names to the client's IP portfolio.

Summary Judgment in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Obtained summary judgment in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a client’s former vendor in the Western District of Missouri. The plaintiffs claimed an online system developed by one of the client’s vendors infringed its copyrights and sought damages potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars from the client and other users of the platform. After two and a half years of litigation, the district court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment, holding that the defendants had not copied any protectable elements of the plaintiffs' platform and thus did not infringe the plaintiffs' copyrights.