Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Noah McPike joins the Dickinson Wright Music Row office

Dickinson Wright welcomes Noah McPike to its Music Row office.  Noah provides entertainment, new media and intellectual property representation to artists, songwriters, publishers, managers, producers, labels, and entertainment business clients, including an ACM Entertainer of the Year and several artists signed to major labels, in a broad range of transactions. Noah is an active member of Copyright Society of the South and the Recording Industry of America, acts as Executive Counsel for the Tennessee Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section, and serves as a volunteer attorney for Tennessee Lawyers for the Arts.  Read more about Noah here.  The Dickinson Wright Music Row office is located at 54 Music Square East, Suite 300, Nashville, TN, 37203.  Phone:  615-577-9600 / Fax:  844-670-6009.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

IP Litigation Attorney Jon Redway, Member, Washington, D.C.

Jon Redway is a top-rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney located in Dickinson Wright’s Washington, D.C. office.  His practice covers nearly every aspect of intellectual property litigation, including jury and bench trials, appellate advocacy, licensing, as well as proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Claims and the International Trade Commission.  Jon is co-chair of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.
Jon has served as lead counsel in numerous high technology cases including those involving the electrical, mechanical, software, telecommunications, semiconductor and life-science arts.  Since joining Dickinson Wright in 2006, Jon has collaborated with attorneys and technical experts throughout the Firm on a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters for clients such as AT&T Mobility, Carhartt, Chevron, John Deere, Federal-Mogul, Michelin, successors of Pan-American World Airways, Urban Outfitters and Volkswagen.

Jon has special expertise in Section 337 Investigations before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”).  In 2014, Jon and Dickinson Wright successfully tried two complex Section 337 cases to conclusion.  Jon has tried several trademark cases (including product configuration and trade dress) to juries and innumerable preliminary injunction proceedings to judges. Jon has argued complex claim construction positions to judges and tried patent cases both to juries and judges.  The subject matter and client origin of Jon’s matters has varied including for example transformation systems for the introduction of DNA vectors into plant cells for European entities to semiconductor processing and chip layout for Taiwanese entities.  In addition, Jon has tried dealer termination cases, price-fixing antitrust claims, complex environmental cases and business disputes.
Jon regularly appears in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the District of Maryland.  Jon is a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar.

Jon has three children and is happily married to Nicole Meyer.  Jon grew up in Washington, D.C., working summers on the family farm in Markham, Virginia.  Prior to law school, Jon worked for three years as a police officer in Washington, D.C.

For additional information on Jon Redway’s practice, he may be reached at (202) 659-6946.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dickinson Wright Successfully Defends SLITHER.IO Creator From Trademark Challenge

The Dickinson Wright team of Craig Phillips, Edward Perdue, and Steven Lustig successfully defended client, Lowtech Studios – creator of the highly popular mobile phone game app, from a trademark challenge by World's Hero SA and its owner Hans Stuffer.  Lowtech had been using the trademark “SLITHER.IO” in connection with its app and was in the process of registering that trademark in the U.S. and Internationally.  Stuffer filed a complaint with Apple, Inc., under Apple’s intellectual property policy, claiming that Lowtech was infringing Stuffer’s trademark rights and demanding that Apple cease selling the app through the App Store.  Before filing his complaint, Stuffer filed a trademark application for protection of “SLITHER.IO” in Switzerland – a country where Lowtech had not yet filed an application.  Stuffer asserted his application as the sole basis of his complaint, and there was no evidence that Stuffer was ever using the trademark.  Stuffer made numerous claims to Apple that he was being harmed, and he tried to use Apple’s procedures like court proceedings – which Apple resisted.  However, Lowtech was able to take advantage of the “priority” provisions of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, which enabled Lowtech to file an application for trademark protection in Switzerland and claim a constructive filing date that was earlier than Stuffer’s.  That filing gave Lowtech the superior rights it needed to prevail.  Faced with a later filing date and inferior trademark rights, Stuffer capitulated, withdrew his complaint with Apple, and assigned his trademark rights to Lowtech, all only a few months after initiating the dispute.