Carlo F. Van den Bosch: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Carlo F. Van den Bosch


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Practice Areas

  • Entertainment
  • Technology
  • and Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyrights
  • False Advertising
  • Lanham Act and Unfair Competition
  • IP Licensing
  • Technology and Commercial Transactions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Sports
  • Trademark Applications and Prosecution
  • Trademarks and Trade Dress
  • International Reach
  • Korea
  • Automotive
  • Digital Media
  • Fashion
  • Apparel and Beauty
  • Food and Beverage
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Social Media and Games
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Law SchoolUniversity of Southern California, J.D.
Admitted1996, California


•Member, Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Sections, American Bar Association
•Member, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of California
•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
•Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
•Member, Orange County Bar Association


Carlo F. Van den Bosch is the former co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group, which has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report with a National Tier 1 ranking.

Mr. Van den Bosch has been profiled as one of 75 Leading IP Litigators in California, and is recognized among the world's leading trademark professionals.

Mr. Van den Bosch has appeared before a variety of trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, where he successfully argued a trademark matter to a unanimous decision in 2015.


•Intellectual Property, Legal 500, 2013, 2015
•Leading Trademark Professional, World Trademark Review 1000, 2013-2015
•Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2016
•Top IP Litigator, Daily Journal, 2012, 2015
•75 Leading IP Litigators, Daily Journal, 2010
•Rising Star: Top 10 IP Attorneys Under 40, Law360, 2010
•Martindale-Hubbell - AV Peer Review Rating
•Southern California Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2015



Mr. Van den Bosch handles high-stakes IP litigation across many industries.

Notable Cases

Mr. Van den Bosch successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court and obtained a unanimous decision on behalf of his client in a trademark infringement matter where the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $40 million. Hana Financial v. Hana Bank. 574 U.S. ___ (2015). The Supreme Court resolved a Circuit split involving the doctrine of trademark tacking in its first substantive trademark decision in nearly a decade.

Mr. Van den Bosch successfully argued the same matter before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 735 F.3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2013), after obtaining a unanimous jury verdict and final defense judgment in 2011 on three independent theories at trial-priority, laches, and unclean hands. Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank (C.D. Cal. Case No. CV07-1534-PA).

In Wyatt Technology Corp. v. Smithson, et al. (C.D. Cal. Case No. CV05-1309 DT), Mr. Van den Bosch represented the defendants in a high-tech intellectual property dispute involving dynamic light scattering technology used to measure the size and distribution of molecular particles in liquid solutions. Mr. Van den Bosch prevailed on summary judgment and secured an award of attorneys' fees and punitive damages for his clients.

In Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. v. MJT Consulting Group, 265 F. Supp. 2d 732 (N.D. Tex. 2003), Mr. Van den Bosch successfully represented the plaintiff against a distributor of counterfeit merchandise.

Mr. Van den Bosch prevailed in a federal jury trial on behalf of the plaintiff in Brookfield Communications, Inc. v. West Coast Entertainment Corp., 174 F.3d 1036 (9th Cir. 1999), a seminal case in the area of domain name and meta tag infringement. The jury awarded actual and punitive damages, and the court awarded attorneys' fees.

Other representations include the successful defense of Disney and ABC in an infringement suit filed by the owner of comic strip characters, the representation of ESPN in a trademark and copyright infringement suit involving a reality television program, the representation of Fox in a trademark infringement suit over the name of one of its television networks, and the representation of The Gator Corporation in multidistrict trademark litigation involving pop-up Internet advertising.

Global Intellectual Property Portfolio Management

Mr. Van den Bosch manages an experienced trademark team that handles the global protection and enforcement of intellectual property portfolios. He designs long-term strategies for securing and maintaining maximum protection and value of intellectual property assets.

Transactional Experience

Mr. Van den Bosch's experience extends to corporate and transactional matters, including the negotiation and preparation of intellectual property and technology agreements.

Publications & News

Media Mentions

•The Leading Intellectual Property Attorneys in California 2015
Daily Journal, April 22, 2015
•Supreme Court Update - Hana Financial v. Hana Bank
The National Law Review, February 2015
•Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split on Trademark Tacking
The Recorder, January 23, 2015
•Sheppard Mullin Secures Trademark Win in U.S. Supreme Court
Daily Journal, January 22, 2015
•High Court Says Trademark Tacking Up To Juries
Law360, January 21, 2015
•Sheppard Mullin Team Argues U.S. Supreme Court Trademark Case for Hana Bank
December 3, 2014
•Vying for the Best in Intellectual Property
Daily Journal, February 9, 2011
•75 Leading IP Litigators
Partner Carlo Van den Bosch Named One of 75 Leading IP Litigators
Daily Journal, April 17, 2010
•Rising Star: Sheppard Mullin's Carlo Van den Bosch
Law360, April 1, 2010
•Meet Our New Leaders in Intellectual Property
April 4, 2007
•Scene Stealing
Daily Journal, February 2000


•Brand Launch in the United States: How to Secure Trademark Rights and Avoid Litigation
March 11, 2015


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Supreme Court Update - Hana Financial v. Hana Bank
Gazal Pour-Moezzi,Carlo F. Van den Bosch, February 24, 2015
Sheppard Mullin’s intellectual property group prevailed before the United States Supreme Court in the trademark matter entitled Hana Financial v. Hana Bank. 574 U.S. --- (2015). Justice Sotomayor, writing for a unanimous court, affirmed a Ninth Circuit ruling that the doctrine of trademark...

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Carlo F. Van den Bosch

650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor
Costa MesaCA 92626


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