Rob Weikert is a senior partner in the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, and co-leads that group. He has more than thirty-five years of experience representing clients from a wide spectrum of industries in complex, high stakes commercial disputes, with a particular focus on intellectual property matters. His practice runs the resolution gamut, from informal early stage settlements to trial and appellate work.
My practice, which covers both defense and enforcement work, is primarily devoted to trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement matters as well as misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition disputes. I also handle complex commercial suits, including general business disputes, licensing and technology transfer conflicts, and Internet-related issues.
On the trademark front, I have represented parties in a wide range of industries, from toy manufacturers to hardware and software companies to consumer and corporate goods retailers. Apart from the typical infringement counts, many of these matters have involved complex and technical areas of trademark law, including Tariff Act and gray market issues as well as trademark abandonment claims.
I have evaluated and handled a variety of trade secret theft cases, a number of which arose in connection with employment agreements and noncompetition provisions. Recent matters include the representation of an inventor in an idea theft/inventorship dispute, and customer list misappropriation matters for a major online wine retailer, a manufacturer of scientific testing equipment, and several software companies.
With respect to copyrights, I provide strategic advice on scope, registration and enforcement matters, and also handle infringement litigation. Current clients include an international upholstery manufacturer, restaurant franchisors and software developers, and several mobile/video game developers.
I advise clients on a host of Internet and website issues, including with respect to domain name and social media-related conflicts as well as website development, appearance and operation disputes.
Given that the “great rotation” in corporate assets (at least in terms of value) continues to move from the tangible to the intangible, I am constantly focused on finding innovative ways to identify, protect and enforce my clients’ intellectual property rights.
Law360 | September 24, 2019
This article mentions San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rob Weikert and associate Andrew Winetroub, and Washington DC Intellectual Property partner David May and associate Jennette Psihoules, all of whom are representing Bandai Namco Entertainment in an IP dispute involving its iconic Pac-Man video game franchise.
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