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Irwin IP’s lawyers have a long history of success in copyright infringement matters, and their experience involves a diverse range of media.  Our experience spans a wide range of industries, including computer software and other technology, financial services, engineering schematics, entertainment and media, toys and games, sculptural works, and automotive parts.  The best evidence of Irwin IP’s expertise in copyright matters is the fact that when a premier intellectual property law firm was sued for copyright infringement, it selected our founder, Barry Irwin, and Irwin IP to handle its defense.  Clients rely on Irwin IP to provide full service for all of their copyright needs.  For example, long-time client, Massarelli’s Lawn Ornaments, a leader in the lawn and garden statuary sector, continues to rely upon Irwin IP to protect and enforce its valuable designs, as well as defend it in copyright matters.

Irwin IP represents corporations and individuals in all phases of litigation, from obtaining and defeating initial TROs and preliminary injunctions through trial and any appeals.  Irwin IP is also experienced in asserting and defending claims under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Our attorneys understand copyright litigation and craft legal strategies with our client’s business interests in mind.  If it comes to trial, Irwin IP’s attorneys have experience actually trying cases and winning them.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia affirmed the Copyright Office’s denial of a copyright registration for a work of art created by an artificial intelligence (AI) computer system.  Plaintiff Stephen Thaler sought to register a copyright based on visual art his computer system created, and the…
By choosing to ‘embed’ social media posts, BuzzFeed News and Time avoided copyright liability due to unauthorized display of two photographers’ Instagram content.  Embedding occurs when a website links to content from another website to display on the site, without re-storing the content.  In Hunley v. Instagram, the Ninth…
In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court found that the Andy Warhol Foundation (“AWF”)’s licensing of “Orange Prince” to Condé Nast was not “fair use” of a Lynn Goldsmith photograph that served as the basis for Andy Warhol’s Prince Series.  In affirming the Second Circuits’ ruling that the…

Representative matters for Irwin IP, or its lawyers, include:

Ameriprise v. Oppenheimer.  Lead counsel for Ameriprise in a copyright infringement matter relating to personal financial management pamphlet, obtaining a permanent injunction against continued distribution of the infringing work.

B&P Littleford v. Prescott Machine. Lead counsel for Prescott Machine in copyright, trade secret, and trademark litigation against competitor B&P Littleford regarding use of schematics for industrial mixing machines, obtaining favorable settlement. 

Carrol Shelby Licensing v. Eleanor Licensing, LLC.  Lead counsel for Eleanor Licensing, owner of intellectual property to the “Gone in 60 Seconds” movie franchise, including the “Eleanor” car character, in copyright, breach of contract, and trademark litigation against Carrol Shelby Licensing and Classic Recreations for the right to make working replicas of the Eleanor car character.

Games Workshop v. Chapterhouse Studios.  Lead counsel for Games Workshop in copyright and trademark matter relating to hundreds of copyrights and trademarks over miniatures used in tabletop wargaming.  Favorable jury verdict resulting in the closing down of Chapterhouse Studios.

Massarelli’s Lawn Ornaments, Inc. v. Continental Studios, Inc.  Lead counsel for Massarelli’s in a copyright infringement matter relating to concrete statuary, successfully obtaining favorable settlement with sculptor and major distributor accused of distributing infringing works.

NextPulse v. Life Fitness.  Lead counsel for Life Fitness and its parent companies in copyright infringement and tortious interference matter relating to videos and software for use with fitness equipment.

The NOCO Company v.  Everything Aftermarket; The NOCO Company v. RV Parts Pro. Lead counsel for two online, aftermarket parts suppliers in separate actions defending against claims of selling unauthorized NOCO power supply products, violating its trademarks, copyrights, and authorized reseller agreements.  Favorably settled on behalf of clients and their affiliate, Keystone Automotive.

Dr. Shira Miller v. Dr. Thomas Rohde.  Lead counsel for Dr.  Miller in a matter asserting plagiarism of Dr. Miller’s frequently cited medical article by Dr.  Rohde, obtaining damages and an agreement to destroy all copies of the offending article.

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. v. McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.  Lead counsel for MBHB in copyright infringement matter relating to submissions to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, successfully obtaining dismissal, leading to recovery of attorneys’ fees.

Zimnicki Litigations.  Lead counsel for Zimnicki in several copyright infringement matters relating to decorative Christmas light displays, obtaining numerous settlements totaling over seven figures.