International IP Litigation

Barnes & Thornburg’s attorneys have represented clients in intellectual property disputes throughout the world. Typically, the firm’s lawyers will team up with colleagues from leading law firms from around the world who have the right experience for a particular case. Many of these firms are members of international networks such as the TechLaw Group and TerraLex. Barnes & Thornburg is a member of both organizations to provide our clients with access to foreign lawyers who are as committed to client service and efficiency as we are.

Barnes & Thornburg attorneys have worked as advocates for international clients both inside and outside of the United States in patent infringement, trade secret disputes, patent validity challenges, trademark proceedings and non-competes. We have represented clients in cases in diverse jurisdictions such as Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Barnes & Thornburg attorneys have also represented foreign companies in U.S. IP litigation, including advising them on compliance with U.S. discovery rules, which can be radically different from foreign rules and sometimes even inconsistent with the law in the client’s country. We have assisted clients with putting litigation hold protocols in place to prevent documents and information from being lost and avoiding allegations of spoliation, coordinated document searches of physical and electronic information and acted as lead counsel for foreign companies in state and federal court.

Foreign Discovery

Our attorneys have pursued discovery for U.S. cases in a variety of jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Taiwan, and Wales, using the appropriate treaty and other legal steps to secure the discovery needed and permitted in these jurisdictions.

Trademark Proceedings

Barnes & Thornburg’s trademark attorneys regularly participate in proceedings around the world to protect our client’s marks. These representations include instructing local counsel to file, contest, or prepare evidence for anti-counterfeiting, cancellation, infringement and opposition proceedings, counseling clients on strategy and settlement, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements. The experience of this team spans too many countries to list and is truly global in nature.