Intellectual Property Disputes

Intellectual property, including trademarks, trade names, trade dress and trade secrets are frequent bases of disputes between competitors, between companies and those with which they contract, and between employers and present or former employees. The attorneys at Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, LLC have represented both companies and former employees in disputes involving intellectual property and have assisted clients in preparing non-competition and non-disclosure agreements that will be enforceable under Connecticut law.

Matters concerning intellectual property disputes in which attorneys at HSSK have been involved, include:

  • Represented custom gun manufacturer in declaratory judgment action brought by national gun manufacturer seeking declaratory judgment of noninfringement of trade dress.
  • Represented machine and tool company in action in which major firearms manufacturer alleged that it had misappropriated trade secrets.
  • Connecticut counsel for plaintiff manufacturer of reverse vending machines in federal action against competitor to recover for misappropriation of trade dress for its machines. See Tomra of North America, Inc. v. Environmental Products Corp., 4 F.Supp.3d 90 (D.Conn. 1998).
  • Represented former president of iron works that constructed works by artist Alexander Calder in action claiming conspiracy to defraud purchaser concerning Calder work constructed by the company. See Andre Emmerich Gallery, Inc. v. Segre, 1997 WL 672009 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 1997).
  • Represented national insurance broker in successful actions to restrain former business lines broker from violating post-employment covenant not to compete. See Alexander & Alexander of Connecticut, Inc. v. Cronin, 1996 WL 409227 (Conn. Super. Ct. June 27, 1997).
  • Represented co-defendant audio equipment designer Mark Levinson in successful defense of action in which plaintiff claimed he could not publicize his involvement in a competing business after assigning trademark rights in his name to plaintiff. See Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc. v. Cello, Ltd., 799 F.2d 814 (2d Cir. 1986).
  • Appellate counsel for consultant in action restraining consultant from using or revealing trade secret claiming that trade secret had been disclosed in existing patent and in court pleadings. See Plastic & Metal Fabricators, Inc. v. Roy, 163 Conn. 257, 303 A.2d 725 (1972).
  • Represented insurance sales agency in successful defense of claim for misappropriation of proprietary computer software technology.
  • Connecticut counsel for national aeronautics company in trade name dispute.

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