Adriano brings over 5 years of extensive trademark and copyright experience, including brand protection and development, licensing, and general business counseling.
Prior to joining IP Law Consulting, Adriano ran his own law firm and was previously a partner at M Breaux IP Law where he also focused his practice on intellectual property.
We are very pleased to have Adriano as a member of our team. We are committed to providing the highest intellectual property consulting to our vast client base of innovative, entrepreneurial companies.
We are pleased to announce that Ian Barras has joined our firm! Ian brings more than 12 years of experience counseling clients on patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation matters. Ian is a Registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO and holds both bachelor and masters degrees from Tulane in electrical engineering. Ian joins IPC after practicing at New Orleans-based Carver Darden.
We are very pleased to have Ian as a member of our team. We are committed to continued growth with top intellectual property attorneys and Ian’s experience will be beneficial to our client base of innovative, entrepreneurial companies.
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IPC recently obtained a favorable settlement for its client, Robert W. Cabell, on his claim that the copyrights for his musical entitled “Z-The Musical of Zorro” were being infringed by a musical licensed by Defendant, Zorro Productions, Inc entitled “Zorro, the Musical.” Although Zorro Productions purports to be the longtime holder of intellectual property rights relating to Zorro, Mr. Cabell filed suit in the Northern District of California alleging that his musical was based on unprotected public domain material, and furthermore, his musical contained original content developed by him that was copied by Zorro Productions.
After summary judgment motions were filed by both parties, Judge Davila in the Northern District not only granted Mr. Cabell’s motion declaring that his musical did not infringe any rights held by Zorro Production, but also denied Zorro Productions’ summary judgment motion on Mr. Cabell’s copyright infringement claims finding that a reasonable juror could find that the two works are substantially similar, which laid the foundation for an advantageous settlement.
IPC handles copyright infringement matters all over the country. If a third party is claiming that your work infringes their rights, you may have valid defenses and potentially counterclaims against them. Please contact IPC for a consultation.
Big things are happening in the St. Roch Market case! IPC was retained as the trademark counsel for the City of New Orleans and has been working closely with lead co-counsel, Kerry Murphy. We are excited to announce that this week a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the city! Learn more about the case here.
Attorney Fees Awarded Regarding Alliance of Good Government Trademark Case
IPC's client Tropical Isle was awarded a full recovery of attorney fees in connection with its defense of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by a beer company. Earlier, IPC obtained a summary judgment for Tropical Isle, dismissing all claims. The court has now ordered the defendant to reimburse Tropical Isle for all of its legal fees and costs.
Experts estimate that a trademark infringement lawsuit will cost between $120,000 and $750,000 – whether you are the plaintiff or defendant. We understand the cost of litigation is significant and is often a big barrier for intellectual property right owners to protect their rights. At IPC, we can help clear that hurdle by obtaining awards like these. The case is being handled by IPC’s Rick Sahuc and Greg Latham. Contact us if you have questions about obtaining attorney fees in your intellectual property litigation.
IPC retained as trademark counsel for The Julia at St. Charles, a large mixed-use development project happening in downtown New Orleans. In addition to being retained as trademark counsel, IPC has filed trademark applications in connection with the development. The work is being handled by Greg Latham and Kent Barnett.