Firm Wins Complete Pre-Trial Dismissal of $2.55 Million Copyright and Trade Dress Claim
Los Angeles, CA — June 2010
On June 2, 2010, the Central District Court of California granted complete summary judgment to LTL’s clients in a hotly contested copyright and trade dress case. Firm partner Enoch H. Liang-together with attorneys Daniel Taylor and Daniel Yu-defended Bedrosian’s (in Orange County) and Hirsch Glass Company (in New Jersey) against a $2.55 million claim brought by a well-known glass tile manufacturer and distributor.
Initially, the Court only dismissed the plaintiff’s trade dress claims, noting its “failure to produce any evidence that is properly considered in connection with a secondary meaning analysis of a trade dress claim under the Lanham Act.” However, the Court ruled that the Plaintiff’s 17 copyright claims survived for trial.
Nevertheless, LTL managed to convince the Court to take a second look at the copyright claims. Less than 4 days before trial was scheduled to begin, the Court also dismissed the 17 copyright claims. Specifically, the Court ruled “that there is no substantial similarity (much less virtual identity) insofar as the protectable items are concerned as between Plaintiff’s copyrighted products and Defendants’ glass tiles.”
“LTL intends to aggressively seek to recover its client’s attorneys’ fees and costs from the plaintiff,” said partner Enoch Liang, “as we vigorously seek to protect our clients’ interests.”
About Lee Tran & Liang APLC
Lee Tran & Liang (“LTL”) is a Los Angeles based law firm focusing exclusively on business and intellectual property litigation. The firm’s partners have practiced at prominent multi-national firms, and are graduates of top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia. Primary practice areas include business disputes (breach of contract, aggrieved investors and professionals, and commercial disputes) and intellectual property litigation (patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets). What sets the firm apart is its ability to offer creative fee arrangements to meet its clients’ needs. The firm specializes in what it calls “1-to-10” cases – $1 Million to $10 Million business contingency matters. In appropriate cases, clients pay no legal fees unless either a verdict of settlement is reached. This is the LTL difference.