Protecting Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a creative or intangible good originating from human intellect. Intellectual property typically requires a party to legally obtain protection for a specified time period to allow that particular party to maintain a competitive edge and profit from the idea. Artists typically protect their work through copyright; inventors use patents; and businesses may use trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements and more. Intellectual property can serve as the cornerstone of a brand, its value and profitability. Intellectual property infringement may result in significant historical and future economic damages. In some cases, the economic harm of intellectual property infringement may be irreparable.

Why Hire an Intellectual Property Expert Witness?

Most industries deal with some type of intellectual property, or intangible asset. When facing theft of intellectual property, or trying to prove the opposite, a CPA expert witness is key to winning your case. With experience and trial testimony across a broad range of industries, Thomas Neches is an intellectual property expert witness who understands the norms and business practices guiding your case.

When valuing intellectual property, our firm analyzes quantitative data to demonstrate the current and future profit-generating value of the property. Hiring a CPA expert witness is one of the few ways for plaintiffs to win back what’s been lost and for defendants to rebut overstated claims. Learn more about our representative engagements and trial testimony involving intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, royalties and more, below.

Representative Intellectual Property Engagements


Case NumberAttorneyLaw FirmIndustryPropertySideTestify
Linco Inc. v. Top Lighting CorporationMitchell F. DuceyMasserman & Ducey LLPPhotography EquipmentPatentPlnTrial
Jim Beam Co. v. Tequila CuervoAnthony A. CoppolaAbelman, Frayne & SchwabDistilled SpiritsTrademarkDef
Maker’s Mark v. Tequila CuervoAnthony A. CoppolaAbelman, Frayne & SchwabDistilled SpiritsTrademarkDefTrial
Bio-Touch, Inc. v. The Wella CorporationKamram FattahiLaw Offices of Kamran FattahiCosmetics ManufacturingTrademarkPln
Gary H. Kent v. Glenn Anderson, et al. Joshua M. DickeyBailey MerrillAppraisalTrade SecretDef
Amity Rubberized Pen Company v. Market Quest Group, Inc., et al. Gary A. BrennerLaw Offices of Gary A. BrennerAdvertising Promotional ProductsPatentDef
Thermo-Ply, Inc. v. The Ohio Willow Wood Company, et al.Richard E. FeeFee & JeffriesProsthetic ComponentsPatentPlnDepo
Koon Chun Hing Kee Soy & Sauce Factory, Ltd. v. Star Mark Management, Inc., et al.Anthony A. Coppola Richard L. CrisonaAbelman, Frayne & SchwabFood Manufacturing & DistributionTrademarkPlnDepo Trial
Advanced Magnetic Closures, Inc. v. Rome Fastener Corporation, et al.Anthony J. DiFilippiAbelman, Frayne & SchwabApparel ManufacturingPatentPlnTrial
On Command v. NXTVEdward A. Klein Heather GilhoolyLiner Yankelevitz Sunshine & RegenstreifBroadcasting and Telecommuni-cationsTrade SecretPln
CSL, L.L.C. v. Imperial Building Products, Inc.Marc M. GorelnikTownsend and Townsend and CrewChemical ManufacturingPatentPln
2 B Free, LLC v. Guess ?, Inc.Sandra J. Garcia Steve MasonNewell, Campbell & RochéApparel ManufacturingTrademark TradedressPln
Neutrogena Corporation and DermaNew, Inc. v. Spa Sciences, Inc. Wayne M. Barsky Jason C. LoGibson, Dunn & CrutcherPharmaceutical and Medicine ManufacturingPatentPln
Koon Chun Hing Kee Soy & Sauce Factory, Ltd. v. Eastimpex, et al.Marc M. Gorelnik Timothy R. Cahn David AronoffTownsend and Townsend and CrewFood Manufacturing & DistributionTrademarkPlnTrial
Joel D. Wallach v. Longevity Network, Ltd. Michael A. PainterIsaacman, Kaufman & PainterPharmaceutical and Medicine ManufacturingTrademarkDef
Eaton Power Quality Corporation v. J.T. Packard & Associates, Inc.Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr.Brackett & EllisComputer & Electronic Product ServiceCopyright, Trademark, Trade SecretDef
MGE UPS Systems, Inc. v. Titan Specialized Services, Inc., et al.David R. CrossQuarles & BradyComputer & Electronic Product ServiceCopyrightDef
Bella Rosa, LLC, et al. v. Derek A. Van de Water, et al.Barry Van Sickle Kirk DowningLaw Offices of Kirk DowningSpecial Trade ContractorsTrademarkPlnTrial
Juicy Whip, Inc. v. Orange Bang, Inc.Wayne M. Barsky Jason C. LoGibson, Dunn & CrutcherJuice Syrup ManufacturingPatentDefDepo Trial
Dermal Research Laboratories, Inc. v. Naturopathic Laboratories International, Inc.Jeffrey A. Schwab Anthony J. DiFilippiAbelman, Frayne & SchwabPharmaceutical and Medicine ManufacturingPatentDefDepo Trial
Health Net, Inc. v. Provider HealthNet Services. Inc.Elizabeth B. Gibson Bob MangelsJeffer, Mangels, Butler & MarmaroHealth CareTrademarkPlnDepo
PMC, Inc., et al., v. Paul Winkler, et al.Skip MillerChristensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & ShapiroPlastics Product ManufacturingPatentPlnTrial
Morrison Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc., et al.Luan K. PhanO’Neill, Lysaght & Sun (Richardson & Patel)Toy & Video Game Manufacturing & ExploitationTrademarkPlnDepo
Genesco Inc. v. Mudd. LLCI.C. Waddey, JrWaddey & PattersonApparel ManufacturingTrademarkDef
Anex Electrical Co., Ltd. v. Sun-Mate CorporationMichael A. PainterIsaacman, Kaufman & PainterConsumer Electronics ManufacturingTrademarkDefTrial
California Animal Laboratory, Inc. v. American Home Products CorporationHoward B. SolowayMorrison & FoersterPharmaceutical and Medicine ManufacturingPatentDef
Donald G. Delaria and Delaria’s Kitchen, Inc. v. KFC CorporationJeffrey H. DasteelSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomFood and Beverage StoresTrademarkDef
Duraflame, Inc. v. Conros CorporationDavid W. GraceLoeb & LoebPaper and Chemical Products WholesaleTrademarkPln
Professional Audio Concepts, Inc. v. Conrad Viva, et al.Christopher J. ArndtArndt & DoyleWood Product ManufacturingTrademarkDefTrial
Threads 4 Life, Inc. dba Cross Colours v. Paco Sport, Ltd.Steven J. RottmanLaw Offices of Steven J. RottmanApparel ManufacturingTrademarkPln
Mag Instrument v. Brinkmann Corp.Robert C. WeissLyon & LyonMachined Aluminum Flashlight ManufacturingPatent TrademarkPln


Key Sample Representative Intellectual Property Engagement

Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. v. Diageo North America, Inc., et al.  (Anthony A. Coppola, Michael Aschen – Abelman, Frayne & Schwab). Mr. Neches testified as an expert in United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky, on behalf of defendant in this trademark infringement matter. Plaintiff, who manufactures and sells Maker’s Mark bourbon, claimed defendants, who manufacture and distribute Jose Cuervo brand tequilas, infringed plaintiff’s trademarked wax-like coating that covers the cap of the bottle and trickles down the neck of the bottle in freeform tendrils. The Cuervo brand at issue was its premium product, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. In his decision, the Court noted that “Makers Mark’s damages expert argued that the Georgia-Pacific factors support an award of a 5% royalty on Reserva sales. [Mr. Neches] analyzed the factors and recommended the Court award no damages or damages no greater than 1% of Reserva sales.” The Court also cited Mr. Neches’s testimony that “Cuervo did not profit from the use of the dripping wax because sales of Reserva grew proportionally, before, during and after Cuervo used the dripping wax.” Result: the Court ruled that Maker’s Mark’s trademark was valid and infringed, but declined to award monetary damages.