Bruce litigates intellectual property matters in federal courts across the country. A member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, he defends and challenges in matters of patent, copyright and trademark infringement. He also prosecutes patent applications and presents appeals to administrative boards and federal courts of appeals. Among his recent accomplishments are these:
•Securing a judgment for a trade association in an unfair competition action tried before a judge in a Missouri federal court. Judge entered an order granting client an award for the defendants' profits, as well as attorneys' fees and costs.
Defending True Manufacturing in a patent infringement case tried before a jury that involved the designs for two refrigerated coolers made by the company.
Representing a Fortune 500 plant biotechnology company in a declaratory judgment action involving patents covering transgenic seed technology. Jury returned a verdict in favor of client and the district court judge entered a finding of inequitable conduct and awarded attorneys' fees and costs.
Bruce serves on the firm's Diversity Council. Before joining the firm, Bruce was a chemical process engineer for Shell Oil in Wood River, Ill.
Awards and Recognitions
Regional Business Council, Young Professionals Network Leadership 100
•University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Distinguished Recent Graduate Award, 2006
Represented manufacturer of ammunition in patent infringement lawsuit relating to short-action firearm cartridges. After parties engaged in extensive discovery and completed Markman claim construction briefing and argument, the case settled on the eve of trial.
•Advised True Manufacturing Co. Inc. in design patent infringement case tried before a jury in a federal court in Missouri. Specialty Equipment Cos. Inc. alleged that two refrigerated coolers manufactured by True Manufacturing infringed a U.S. patent. Following a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of client, finding that True Manufacturing did not infringe the patent.
•Advised sporting goods company in trademark infringement/unfair competition litigation filed in a Wisconsin federal court. Plaintiff alleged client infringed trademark for fishing tackle eye cleaning tools and sought statutory damages in excess of $1 million. Prior to trial - and after the denial of plaintiff's motion for summary judgment - the case was settled upon terms favorable to client.
•Counseled the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis in an unfair competition cause of action filed in a Missouri federal court. The issue involved a home exposition show by L&L Exhibition Management Inc. that the home builders' group said caused confusion with its long-standing home and garden show. After a four-day bench trial, the presiding judge entered a memorandum and order in client's favor, finding that L&L engaged in unfair competition in violation of the Lanham Act. The court further found that the Home Builders Association was entitled to damages in the amount of the defendant's profits and attorneys' fees and costs.
•Represented sporting goods company in trade dress infringement and common law unfair competition litigation in a Colorado federal court. At issue was a certain line of geodesic tents. The parties agreed to settle the case upon confidential terms that were favorable to client.
•Representing a Fortune 500 plant biotechnology company in a declaratory judgment action involving patents covering transgenic seed technology where, following a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of client and the district court judge entered a finding of inequitable conduct and awarded attorneys' fees and costs.
•Represented client in trademark dispute before the Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board. After receiving evidence, the board ruled in client's favor and refused the registration of the challenged trademark.
•Counseled sporting goods company in trademark infringement and unfair competition litigation filed in a Missouri federal court. Matter arose out of defendants' unauthorized use of trademarks that were confusingly similar to client's registered mark. Parties ultimately agreed to settle case upon terms favorable to client.
•Represented garment manufacturer in federal patent infringement litigation over a novel process for producing a random faded effect on cloth. Case was settled on terms favorable to client.
•Represented national chain of retail sporting goods stores in dispute over allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and omission, conversion, civil conspiracy, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract involving various camping products supplied by plaintiff. Client filed motion to dismiss and plaintiff stipulated to dismissal without prejudice.
•Advised diversified manufacturer of engineered products in patent infringement action over defendant's manufacture and sale of polyester strapping products that infringed client's patent. After extensive discovery, parties settled the case on terms favorable to client.
•Represented manufacturer that sought to protect its patent on a novel picture frame array. Defendant was a major department store. Before trial in federal court, parties agreed to settle case on terms favorable to client.
•Defended furniture business in dispute over service mark involving the word 'weekend.' After extensive discovery, parties agreed to settle on terms favorable to client.
•Defended medical supply company against federal court allegations of copyright infringement, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and misappropriation of business value. Plaintiff charged that a master customer agreement governing the use of copyrighted software products had been breached. Parties agreed to settle matter on terms favorable to client.
•Defended manufacturer's patent for novel cheese dispensers and achieved settlement that was favorable to client.
10.17.12 Intellectual Property Seminar
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