Defended the publisher of a national news magazine against claims of trademark infringement brought against it by a leading Cambridge-based educational institution. The defense involved the successful invocation of a number of Lanham Act doctrines. The case resulted in a settlement under which all infringement claims were dismissed.
Represented a small, independent record company in litigation that ensued when the members of one of the most successful “boy bands” of the 1990s disaffirmed their recording contracts with the client and signed new contracts with a major recording label. The litigation focused upon the rights of the record company and the group members in the trademark under which the band’s recordings had been released. The litigation resulted in a major decision by the United States Court of Appeals in favor of the record company. That decision continues to be cited in cases involving competing claims to the names of musical acts.
Represented one of the largest American pharmaceutical companies in litigation brought against it in Boston. The representation concluded by settlement upon terms favorable to the client.
Represented the author of an investment trading guide in litigation against a software developer who wrote and marketed a computer program that embodied the author’s trading techniques. This litigation culminated in a federal trial that led to a decision by a United States District Court judge in favor of the author. At the time, that decision received national attention, as it was the first case in the country in which the author of a literary work had successfully sued a software developer for infringement of the text of the work.
Represented this museum in connection with intellectual property cases arising out of its collection and the reproduction of various works in the collection.
Representing a medical device company in policing a series of trademarks through several cease and desist letters and negotiations, bringing about very favorable results short of filing in court.
Jim Hall was lead technical attorney for a patent holder suing a large software company on an anti-piracy software patent. Jim marshaled the evidence and worked with the testifying liability expert to obtain findings of infringement and no invalidity. The trial resulted in a nine-figure damages verdict for the client.
Jim Hall was lead technical attorney on a team representing a patent holder suing numerous defendants on a portfolio involving wireless communication technologies. Jim successfully shaped the technical aspects of his client's liability case by securing favorable claim construction rulings and obtaining key infringement evidence and deposition testimony. Jim worked with and guided testifying experts to put together an ironclad infringement case. As a result of Jim’s efforts, each of the defendants settled before trial on terms favorable to his client.
Jim Hall represented a startup speech recognition technology company defending numerous simultaneous lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions in a momentous patent war with a much larger rival company. In one of the cases, Jim crafted a solid defense and obtained key expert witness testimony that led to a unanimous verdict of noninfringement for his client. Jim then singlehandedly directed the remaining cases, which involved numerous patents asserted by both sides against the other. Through his efforts, the client was able to achieve a global settlement on very favorable terms.
Jim Hall represented a client who was targeted by a large non-practicing entity (“NPE”) demanding that a license be taken on a patent directed to anti-aliasing color printing methods and apparatuses. Sensitive to the client’s desire to avoid both litigation and taking a license, Jim quickly and efficiently generated a rock solid noninfringement argument that convinced the NPE to withdraw its demand and walk away prior to litigation. Jim subsequently represented another client that was targeted by an NPE in a licensing campaign involving blade server power management technology. Jim again quickly generated a powerful noninfringement position that convinced the patent holder to dismiss his client from the case soon after it began.
A Fortune 500 client was sued for patent infringement by an aggressive and well-established non-practicing entity. Requested to join the defense team by his colleagues, Paul Cronin’s guidance and leadership resulted in a favorable settlement for his client well before trial.
In a high-profile trial for patent infringement damages, Paul Cronin took the lead in crafting a damages theory that valued the benefit of the defendant’s infringing use of the patented technology. Using an analytical damages approach, and introducing key evidence at trial, Paul successfully presented $1.2 billion in damages to the jury. Shortly thereafter the case settled favorably to his client.
A firearms client was sued for patent infringement by a competitor. Paul Cronin led the defense and obtained a favorable “walk away” settlement for his client well before trial.