Intellectual Property Litigation, Protection and Prosecution

The IP and Trade Secret attorneys at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., have extensive courtroom, jury trial, non-jury trial and tribunal experience representing industrial, financial, individual and business clients in IP counseling, infringement litigation, trade secret protection and misappropriation litigation, and the overall creation and protection of intellectual property rights.

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Jack Daniel’s in Lanham Act Dispute Over Parody Dog Toy

On June 8, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified two intellectual property issues in deciding Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC: In a unanimous opinion by...
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Coinbase v. Bielski: US Supreme Court Issues Opinion

Reverses 9th Circuit on Stay Issue: Court Makes Mandatory a Stay of District Court Actions on Interlocutory Appeals from Denial of Motion to Compel Arbitration Listen to this...
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United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals Sets 5:00 p.m. Electronic Filing Deadline

On May 2, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an Order adopting a new Local Appellate Rule 26.1 and amending Local Appellate...
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DTSALaw® in the 3rd Circuit: Oakwood and Mallet Cases Shape Trade Secret Law

Read the latest blog update on the development of 3rd Circuit federal law regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by Pittsburgh attorney Henry M. Sneath
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Congress Passes The Protecting American Intellectual Property Act of 2022 - Biden Signs Into Law

The Protecting American Intellectual Property Act | 2022 | S. 1294 In furtherance of the U.S. Government’s effort to protect American intellectual property, the House of Representatives passed...
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Dr. Mehmet Oz Introduces Company to Starbucks, Ends in Trade Secret Suit

A small California company, Balmuccino, LLC, was provided an excellent opportunity to pitch its coffee-flavored lip balm to the Seattle coffee giant Starbucks. Who made the connection? According...
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“Using” Competitor’s Trademarks in Paid Search Engine Ads is Not Infringement if Consumers are Unlikely to be Misled or Confused

On June 27, 2022, a New York Federal Judge for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of Warby Parker’s motion for judgment on the pleadings,...
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BREAKING IP SCOTUS UPDATE: Section 101 Patent Eligibility Part II

On May 27, 2022, Houston Harbaugh published a blog on the pending petitions for writ of certiorari in patent cases involving questions of Section 101 patent eligibility post-Alice....
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SCOTUS UPDATE: Section 101 Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) has pending petitions for writ of certiorari in patent cases involving questions of Section 101 patent eligibility jurisprudence post-Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank...
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What Corporations Need to Know: CFIUS Review is Needed Before Initiating Intellectual Property Transactions With Foreign Companies

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which expanded the Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unites States’...
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CFAA Update: The Supreme Court Provides Guidance In Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Cases

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision which was issued on June 3, 2021, reversed an Eleventh Circuit decision and adopted a narrow interpretation of “exceeds unauthorized access”...
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3rd Circuit Update: Contractual Possession Unnecessary for PUTSA Claim

If you ask the average person what it means to possess property, their mind goes directly to tangible things – houses, cars, your new Peloton, etc. But, although...
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Internet IP Litigation: Can the Law Catch Up With Technology?

First Published in Intellectual Property Today in September of 2008 Henry Sneath is an intellectual property and business litigation attorney with Houston Harbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (www.psmn.com). He is a...
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Local Counsel in Intellectual Property Matters

The Intellectual Property attorneys at Houston Harbaugh have significant experience litigating intellectual property matters as lead counsel. On numerous occasions, our attorneys have been engaged by attorneys all...
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Fast Track Patent Litigation in Pennsylvania Western District Court: Toward More Procedural Certainty and Cost Control

In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received a record 406,302 patent applications. The office issued 165,485 patents in 2005, of which over 3400 were...
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Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response: IR Time and Method is Critical

Incident Response (IR) time is critical when your business discovers a data breach, cyber intrusion, email intrusion or other cyber security threat. IR time will be lengthened or rendered...
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5 tips for attorneys working in a virtual world

Many people hoped that Covid-19 would be a thing of the past by now. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be staying with us for a while yet....
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The Rise of Counterfeiting Litigation in Federal Courts

Not surprisingly, with the massive use of Amazon and Alibaba, we are seeing and handling in the courtroom litigation world a lot of actions involving alleged counterfeiting and...
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Hemp and Hemp Derived-CBD Trademarks will now be accepted by USPTO

On May 2, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued an examination guide in an effort to clarify the procedure for examining marks for cannabis and...
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Supreme Court Bars Time-Bar Appeals In PTAB Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) decisions on the timeliness of administrative patent validity challenges are not appealable to Article III...
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About Us

The IP and Trade Secret attorneys at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., have extensive courtroom, jury and non-jury trial and tribunal experience representing industrial, financial, individual and business clients in IP counseling, infringement litigation, trade secret protection and misappropriation litigation, and the overall creation and protection of intellectual property rights. From our law office in Pittsburgh, we serve clients in Pennsylvania and other states. Our Trade Secret Law Practice is federally trademark identified by DTSALaw®. We practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and we and our partners and affiliates apply for and prosecute applications for patents, trademarks and copyrights. IP section chair Henry Sneath, in addition to his litigation practice, is currently serving as a Special Master in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in complex patent litigation by appointment of the court. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Lawyers | Infringement Litigation | Attorneys | Patent, Trademark, Copyright, DTSALaw®

Henry Sneath Pittsburgh Business Litigation Lawyer. Pittsburgh Strong.® DTSALaw® Complex Case Mediation and ADR

Henry M. Sneath - Practice Chair

Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Practice, and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice, Henry Sneath is a trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Federal Court Approved Mediation Neutral and Special Master with extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract litigation, intellectual property matters, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, DTSA claims, cyber security and data breach prevention, mitigation and litigation, probate trusts and estates litigation, construction claims, eminent domain, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, products liability and catastrophic injury litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently serving as both lead trial counsel and local co-trial counsel in complex business and breach of contract litigation, patent infringement, trademark infringement and Lanham Act claims, products liability and catastrophic injury matters, and in matters related to cybersecurity, probate trusts and estates, employment, trade secrets, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and restrictive covenant claims. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Lawyer. DTSALaw® PSMNLaw®