Intellectual Property and Technology
Representation of Steven Spielberg, Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin, Universal City Studios, Inc., Warner Bros., and Amblin’ Entertainment, Inc. as co-counsel in a copyright infringement suit. A screenwriter claimed the 1996 blockbuster film “Twister” was based on his screenplay “Catch the Wind” and sought damages in excess of $150 million. After a three-week trial and only two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict which fully exonerated each of our clients.
Representation of Sands, Taylor & Woods against The Quaker Oats Co. in the remand hearing on damages related to Quaker’s infringement of Sands, Taylor’s “Thirst-Aid” trademark in its Gatorade advertising. The remand proceeding resulted in an award to Sands, Taylor of $20.6 million, reportedly the largest damages award in history in a trademark infringement case.
Representation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh defending libel claims brought by former Prime Minister of India, Moraiji Desai, based on allegations that Hersh’s book The Price of Power: Kissinger – The Nixon White House linked Desai to the CIA. The Seventh Circuit affirmed our jury verdict for Hersh.
Representation of McDonald’s Corporation by Gillick Wicht to challenge Quality Inn’s proposal to open budget motels under the name “McSleep Inns” and to challenge Arche Technologies, Inc.’s use of a “Golden Arch” trademark on computers. Victories in both cases further extended McDonald’s family of “Mc” marks beyond the field of food products and restaurants.