• The representation of Roland Corporation, the world’s leading electronic musical instrument manufacturer, in numerous matters involving the protection of Roland’s IP, including a case of first impression establishing copyright protection for the sound recordings contained in Roland’s keyboards, synthesizers and sound modules, the enforcement of Roland’s trademark portfolio and trade dress (including the famous trade dress of Roland’s renowned line of BOSS guitar effects pedals).
  • The representation of Roland defending against a claim of patent infringement in the patent “rocket docket” of the Eastern District of Texas, in which KWIKA secured a rare victory on a motion to transfer for inconvenient venue.  This victory was particularly notable given that the Eastern District has been well-known for almost never transferring patent cases.  The case was successfully resolved after it was transferred to the Central District of California.
  • The representation of Roland defending claims that an integrated LCD screen on Roland keyboards infringes a patent.
  • The representation of  Roland defending claims that Roland’s “Rhythm Coach” line of drum practice pads infringe a patent for cadence-providing drum practice technology.
  • The representation of Roland DGA Corporation, the world’s leader in integrated printer/cutters for sign-making on durable graphics, defending patent litigation claims in the District of Connecticut that Roland is infringing a patent for print/cut technology for sign-making.
  • The representation of Sea World Parks & Entertainment defending a claim in the Southern District of California (San Diego) that the name of SeaWorld’s three water-based theme parks infringes a trademark in the word “Aquatica” owned by an online retailer of performance swimwear.
  • The representation of Mattel, Inc. in a trademark opposition proceeding brought by Universal Music Group (UMG) before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board concerning a line of Hot Wheels cars called “Motown Metal” – classic muscle cars from the “Big 3” Detroit auto makers.
  • The representation of Zobmondo!! Entertainment, LLC, a producer of board games, card games, and books derived from the concept of “Would you rather…?” questions in a trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement brought by a competitor who sells “Would you rather…?” books and games.

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