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Stuart R. Dunwoody


Stuart Dunwoody handles intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and false advertising disputes, and also counsels clients on trademark and copyright protection. Stuart has represented clients in a variety of industries, including recording, publishing, software, biotech, and financial services.

Representative Experience

iovation, Inc. v. IOvations, Inc.

Representation of Internet fraud prevention and authentication company iovation in claim for infringement of its IOVATION trademark. (D. Mass. Ongoing)

Phoenix Licensing v. Carnival Corp. and Phoenix Licensing v. Holland America Line

Defended Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line against a non-practicing entity asserting infringement of patents related to computerized generation of customized direct marketing materials. Successfully settled. (E.D. Tex. 2013-2015)

Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. v. Snak-King Corp.

Defended Snak King against claims that its TACO-LITOS rolled tortilla chips infringe trade dress, trademark and utility patent rights asserted by Bimbo, seller of TAKIS rolled tortilla chips. (C.D. Cal. 2014-2015)

Legit Organics LLC v. Celisac LLC

Asserted claim for infringement of LEGIT for organic candy bars against company using LEGIT PIZZA on gluten-free dough mix. Defendant abandoned mark shortly after suit filed. (D. Or. 2014)

Wang v. Young d/b/a BIANG!

Asserted trademark infringement claim on behalf of owner and operator of well-known New York City Chinese noodle restaurant BIANG! against Seattle-area restaurant of same name. Obtained consent decree. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

Ring & Pinion, Inc. v. ARB Corp.

Represented patentee ARB Corp., designer and manufacturer of equipment for off-road vehicles, in defense of declaratory judgment action and infringement counterclaims with respect to ARB’s patent for a locking differential. After prevailing on claim construction issues, the plaintiff changed its proposed design around ARB’s patent. Following successful appeal to the Federal Circuit, obtained summary judgment of infringement of all claims. Ring & Pinion Service Inc. v. ARB Corp. Ltd., 743 F.3d 831 (W. D. Wash.; Fed. Cir. 2014)

Pre-litigation defense of infringement claims by Attachmate

Pre-litigation defense of copyright infringement and breach license claims brought by Attachmate against its licensees, including a bank, a consumer products company, and hospitals. (Ongoing)

Trident Seafoods Corp. v. Triton Seafoods LLC

Represented Trident in trademark infringement action over confusingly similar TRITON SEAFOODS mark.  Obtained permanent injunction. (W. D. Wash. 2013-2014)

Mercer Publishing LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co.

Represented Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in defense of copyright infringement claims brought by publisher of study guides for HMH’s CogAT test, and in arbitration over alleged breach of previous settlement agreement between parties.  Successfully settled. (W. D. Wash. and arbitration 2013)

Seamless Web Application Technologies LLC v. Providence Health & Services

Defended Providence against claims by software developer for copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and quantum meruit liability. Successfully settled.  (D. Or. 2012-2013)

Bike Alert plc v. JT Sports, LLC

Represented owner of JT RACING mark in opposition and cancellation proceedings regarding rights to JT RACING and JT SPROCKETS marks. Successfully settled. (TTAB 2010-2013)

Eagle View Technologies, Inc. v. Aerialogics LLC

Defended aerial measurement service provider against infringement suit on three patents directed to computerized system for extracting three dimensional measurements from aerial photographs. Case stayed pending Patent Office reexamination based on significant new prior art uncovered. (W.D. Wash. 2012-2013)

Washington Apple Commission v. Casual Industrees, LLC

Represented Washington Apple Commission in trademark infringement action to stop use of Washington apple logo on t-shirts. Obtained consent judgment against infringement and award of attorneys' fees. (W.D. Wash. 2012-2013)

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. v. Coast Cutlery Corp.

Represented Leatherman Tool Group in a false advertising claim against its competitor Coast Cutlery for false statements made by Coast regarding the steel used in its knives. (D. Or. 2011-2012)

Zweibrüder Optoelectronics v. Coast Cutlery Corp.

Represented Leatherman’s subsidiary Zweibrüder Optoelectronics, designer and manufacturer of LED lights, in a dispute with Coast, Zweibrüder’s former distributor, over ownership of trademarks and unfair competition. (D. Or. 2011-2012)

Industrial Software Solutions – Wonderware LLC v. Pacwest Integration, Inc.

Represented plaintiff in claim for infringement of PACWEST mark for integration services in connection with operations management software; successfully settled. (W.D. Wash. 2012)

Ergo, LLC. v. Pacific Cycle, Inc.

Prosecution claim for infringement of patent covering ergonomic bicycle seat and defense of false marking counterclaim. Successfully settled after obtaining favorable claim construction ruling. (W.D. Wash. 2009-2011)

Frank Russell Company v. Factor Advisors, LLC

Represented Frank Russell in a declaratory judgment action seeking confirmation of Frank Russell’s right to use the term “factor” as part of the name of an exchange traded fund. Case successfully settled. (W.D. Wash. 2011)

Jovanovich v. Redden Marine Supply, Inc.

Defense of commercial fishery supply company against infringement claim involving patent covering multicolored fishing net. After prevailing on claim construction, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its complaint with prejudice and undertook not to sue on patent in future. (W.D. Wash. 2010-2011)

Main Hastings LLC v. Pitney Bowes Inc., Pitney Bowes Software Inc., and Celartem, Inc.

Defense of false patent marking claims against software developer; obtained transfer of case from Eastern District of Texas to Western District of Washington, and then successfully settled. (E.D. Tex., W.D. Wash. 2011)

RovAir, Inc. v. Clearwire Communications, LLC

Defended Clearwire in a trademark infringement claim involving the mark RovAir for wireless broadband services. Case successfully settled. (D. Mass. 2011)

United States Playing Card Co. v. Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd

Represented the leading manufacturer of playing cards in eight consolidated trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings in the United States, Canada and Singapore challenging card back designs used by a competitor, Angel Playing Cards, and defending against a cancellation counterclaim. Case successfully settled. (TTAB 2009-2011)

Anderson v. Pearson plc et al.

Defended the U.K., Canadian, and U.S. publishers of Penguin Books, and their corporate parent, against a copyright infringement claim arising from use of photo on the cover of a book that had not been published or sold in the U.S. The case settled satisfactorily after extensive jurisdictional discovery and filing and arguing a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. (D. Alaska 2010)

Attachmate Corporation v. The Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County Florida v. University of Miami

Represented third-party defendant University of Miami against claims of indemnification, contribution, breach of contract, and negligence, in action by software publisher Attachmate for copyright infringement and breach of license agreement arising out of alleged unauthorized copying of software. Obtained favorable settlement among all parties before client incurred significant discovery and litigation expenses. (W.D. Wash. 2010)

Getty Images (US) Inc. v. Visions of Tomorrow, Inc. and Minden Pictures, Inc.

Represented the world's leading provider of stock photography in arbitration and litigation with two image partners regarding Getty Images' licensing of their images through a new product. The case centered on the image partners' claims that Getty Images breached its contracts with them and violated their, and their contributors', copyrights by licensing the images. After significant discovery and motion practice, the case settled satisfactorily. (S.D.N.Y. and arbitration, 2010)

Psihoyos v. NBC Universal, Inc. and Getty Images

Defended a copyright infringement claim arising from NBC Universal's use of video footage of a bank of video screens, which it had licensed from Getty Images, and which the plaintiff claimed was substantially similar to his photograph '500 TVs,' depicting a bank of television screens. The case successfully settled after filing and arguing a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim based on lack of substantial similarity to the defendant's photograph. (S.D.N.Y. 2010)

Attachmate Corporation v. Sentry Insurance

Defense of claims for copyright infringement and breach of license agreement arising out of alleged copying of software. Obtained dismissal of breach of license claim as preempted by Copyright Act; case successfully settled shortly thereafter. 90 U.S.P.Q.2d 1648 (W.D. Wash. 2009)

Aztec Fabrication, Inc. v. Compeau's, Inc.

Represented plaintiff Aztec Fabrication, Inc., manufacturer of Phantom Jet Boats, in trademark and cybersquatting claim against former distributor. Case settled successfully. (E.D. Wash. 2009)

Digi-Net Technologies, Inc. v. Talisma Corp.

Defended software company against claim for infringement of a patent involving Internet chat system for providing customer service to website users. Case settled successfully. (W.D. Wash. 2009)

Information Builders, Inc. v. Omni Development Inc.

Represented software manufacturer in opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Omni's attempted registration of OMNIFOCUS trademark in connection with personal task management software was opposed by Information Builders, the holder of a number of marks containing the term 'focus.' After mounting a 'crowded-field' defense and proving numerous third-party uses, obtained settlement that allows Omni to use OMNIFOCUS mark in connection with its task management software. (T.T.A.B. 2007-2009)

JSA Technologies, Inc. v. Informed Decisions Corp. d/b/a CASHNet

Defended payment processing software company against claim for infringement of a patent involving Internet payment and value transfer systems. After a crowd sourcing search uncovered new prior art, case settled favorably. (D. Del. 2009)

Northwest Agricultural Products, Inc. v. Emerald BioAgriculture Corp.

Represented  plaintiff seeking declaration of non-infringement and invalidity of multiple patents directed to plant growth and metabolic regulators and stimulants. Case settled successfully prior to claim construction. (E.D. Wash. 2009)

Attachmate Corporation v. Carnival Corp.

Defense of copyright infringement and breach of license claims brought by Attachmate for alleged overinstallation of software.  Case successfully settled. (W.D. Wash. 2007-2008)

ProteoTech, Inc. v. Unicity International, Inc.

Represented plaintiff, owner of patent on nutraceutical product, in patent and trademark infringement litigation against former licensee. Won partial summary judgment on issue of first impression with regard to sub-licensing of non-exclusive license agreements; case settled thereafter. (W.D. Wash. 2008) 

Trinity Glass International, Inc. v. ODL, Inc.

Represented plaintiff in action seeking a declaratory judgment that defendant's patent on a hurricane-proof window is invalid or not infringed. Case ended in confidential settlement after providing prior art to defendant. (W.D. Wash. 2008)

Choongwae Pharma Corporation v. Institute for Chemical Genomics

Represented defendant research institute and lead scientist in dispute over ownership of patent applications for biotech inventions and alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Successfully settled. (W.D. Wash. 2007)

Dibbs v. The Franklin Mint, et al.

Defense of copyright infringement action involving use of photographs in promotional materials for model airplanes. Obtained favorable confidential settlement. No. CV06-604RSM (W.D. Wash. 2007)

Guthy-Renker Corporation v. Halogent LLC d/b/a Exposed Skin Care

Trademark, false advertising and copyright infringement dispute over defendant's keying search engine advertisements to searches on plaintiff's PROACTIV trademark, and content of defendant's website. Successfully settled. (C.D. Cal. 2007)

HomeStreet, Inc. v. HomeStone Mortgage, Inc.

Represented plaintiff bank in dispute over trademark infringement of 'HomeStreet Bank' mark. Case ended in confidential settlement. (W.D. Wash. 2007)

Patent services for Wagstaff

Represented Wagstaff, designer and manufacturer of aluminum casting equipment, in complex technology transfer agreement arbitration. (2007)

PotatoFinger, Inc. v. Snack Alliance, Inc.

Represented defendant in trade dress dispute over appearance of potato chip bag, and defeated motion for preliminary injunction. Case subsequently settled. (N.D. Ga. 2007)

Trinity Glass International, Inc. v. Burns, Morris & Stewart, L.P.

Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement after obtaining more favorable claim construction than in previous litigation on same patent; patentee subsequently abandoned its appeal without any settlement being entered into. (W.D. Wash. 2005)

Q-Pharma, Inc. v. Andrew Jergens Company

Successfully defended on appeal district court’s denial of Rule 11 sanctions and of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285. 360 F.3d 1295 (Fed. Cir. 2004)

Seattle Gourmet Foods, Inc. v. The Bon, Inc.

Represented former manufacturer of Frango chocolates in trademark, trade dress, trade secret and false advertising dispute involving rights to make a competing chocolate under the Frederick & Nelson trademark. Case ended in confidential settlement. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2004)

Zi Corporation of Canada v. Tegic Communications, Inc.

Obtained summary judgment dismissing infringement claims as to software for stroke-based entry of Chinese characters; substantially affirmed on appeal. (W.D. Wash. 2003)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2009-2011
  • President, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, 2008-2009
  • Chaired Local Rules Committee that drafted new local patent rules for the Western District of Washington, 2003-2006
  • Member, Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section, Washington State Bar Association, 2013-present 

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in Intellectual Property (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2005-2015
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Copyright Law, 2016 
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2013 
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Intellectual Property Law by Best Lawyers, 2003-present
  • Named to the "World Trademark 1000," by World Trademark Review, 2012-present 
  • Selected to "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers," 2012; "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2002-2015; and to the “Top 40 Intellectual Property Super Lawyers,” 2006
  • Named as one of the "Top 87 Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2008
  • Named as one of  "155 Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly, 2007
  • Named as one of "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2006