Case Collard
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Case Collard

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collard.case@dorsey.com

Overview

CASE HELPS CLIENTS RESOLVE COMPLEX BUSINESS DISPUTES AND PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

His practice focuses on patent disputes but includes software licensing, trade secrets, and other commercial litigation. He provides practical and cost effective options alongside creative legal strategies. Case prosecutes and defends cases around the country, primarily in Colorado and California where he is a member of the bar, but also in E.D. Texas, E.D. Virginia, N.D. Illinois, Delaware, and New Jersey. He advocates for clients through all phases of litigation, from pre-trial diligence through trial and post-trial briefing. He is an engineer and registered patent attorney. His technical background allows him to work closely with experts and inventors to fully understand the technology at issue and handle IP disputes at the USPTO or in the courts.

Case is committed to giving back to the community. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Golden Fire Department since 2009 and is a member of the Self-Sufficiency Society of The Action Center (a local non-profit). He is committed to pro bono efforts as a member of the Faculty of Federal Advocates and a participant in the U.S. District of Colorado Civil Pro Bono Program.

Education & Admissions

University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.), 2006
Rice Foundation Scholar
Big XII Conference Postgraduate Scholarship

University of Kansas School of Engineering (B.S., Computer Science), 2003
Summerfield Scholar
University of Kansas Football, Varsity Letterman
Big XII Commissioner's Honor Roll

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Counsel for Cargill in litigation against a former executive for misappropriation of trade secrets in the District of Colorado.
  • Counsel for Ameriprise in a software licensing dispute with Versata in W.D. Tex. The case settled favorably after a complete win on all federal claims on summary judgment.
  • Counsel for Ameriprise in copyright and patent actions filed by XimpleWare in the N.D. Cal involving novel issues of open source licensed source code.
  • Successfully led the representation of a local software developer against a large insurance company after the insurer misused the software developer’s IP. Reached an early resolution after a demand letter. Negotiated a favorable settlement and asset purchase agreement to resolve the dispute.
  • Counsel for a Colorado dental products company, ProEdge, accused of patent infringement in the District of Colorado by Sterisil.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in two pro bono civil rights cases in the District of Colorado involving constitutional claims including violation of free exercise of religion (denial of kosher meals and confiscation of prayer book) and violation of free speech (confiscation of legal materials). The final remaining defendant settled all claims on the eve of trial after losing a motion to amend the summary judgment.
  • Counsel for a photovoltaic technology inventor, Solannex, in patent infringement law suit against MiaSolé in N.D. Cal. involving technology used to interconnect individual solar cells to create a solar panel. After a favorable claim construction ruling for Solannex, the parties reached settlement.
  • Day-to-day case responsibilities for a case in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of Ohio, representing a Colorado-based corporation, CSG Technologies, against their main competitor, TOA, who was improperly using a patented technician routing program. The parties reached a favorable settlement after discovery revealed additional potential claims against TOA.
  • Co-lead counsel for large internet retailer, Buy.com, accused of patent infringement by a non-practicing entity asserting camera patents in C.D. Cal. Achieved complete victory on summary judgment at the district court, entirely affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal in the first Federal Circuit case to interpret the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. 
  • Represented pet food manufacturer in patent infringement law suit in D.N.J. involving method for manufacture of pet chew toys. Complete victory at the Markman hearing resulting in stipulation of non-infringement. Complete victory after appeal to the Federal Circuit.

News & Resources

Articles

Of Klingons and Copyrights: Trekkie Fan Film Hits Fair Use Flameout
Supreme Court throws out Apple’s $399M win in Samsung patent fight
Samsung wins Supreme Court fight with Apple
Campaign IP Violations Part 3 – Huckabee’s Campaign Pays Up
Breaking the code: Google prevails in Oracle fair use battle
Campaign IP Violations Part 2 – Trump Sued for Copyright Infringement
Hard Truths in Software Innovation, Intellectual Property Magazine
Alice v. CLS Bank Applied Broadly by the Federal Circuit
Alice’s Patent Invalidated as “Abstract,” But Court Declines to Articulate Standard Applicable across Industries

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Case Collard Weighs-in on SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Patent Exhaustion
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Fair Use in Oracle v. Google Case
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on Apple v. Samsung Patent Case
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Comments on Apple v. Samsung Return to District Court
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Weighs in on Apple v. Samsung Case
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on Recent Ruling in Samsung vs. Apple Copyright Case
Dorsey Nationally Ranked and Named Trademark Law Firm of the Year by U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on Reach of US Patents
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Comments on Halo Patent Damages Decision
Partner Case Collard comments on fair use in Oracle’s API suit against Google
Super Lawyers Recognizes Eleven Dorsey Lawyers in Denver
Dorsey Congratulates Partner Case Collard on Being Named to 40 Under 40
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Comments on Samsung-Apple Patent Suit
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Lexmark v. Impressions Patent Case
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Recognized as One of 2016's "40 Under 40" by Denver Business Journal
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on 2016 Patent Cases to Watch
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on the Biggest Patent Cases of 2015
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on Steers Leadership of USPTO
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Tips for Using Expert IP Witnesses
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Defend Trade Secrets Act
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Remarks on Oracle v. Google Fair Use APIs
Dorsey Partner Case Collard discusses Kimble v. Marvel in Managing IP
Partner Case Collard Comments on Supreme Court’s Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment Decision in NLJ
Dorsey Partner Case Collard Discusses Oracle v. Google Case

Additional Information

  • Counsel for Cargill in litigation against a former executive for misappropriation of trade secrets in the District of Colorado.
  • Counsel for Ameriprise in a software licensing dispute with Versata in W.D. Tex. The case settled favorably after a complete win on all federal claims on summary judgment.
  • Counsel for Ameriprise in copyright and patent actions filed by XimpleWare in the N.D. Cal involving novel issues of open source licensed source code.
  • Successfully led the representation of a local software developer against a large insurance company after the insurer misused the software developer’s IP. Reached an early resolution after a demand letter. Negotiated a favorable settlement and asset purchase agreement to resolve the dispute.
  • Counsel for a Colorado dental products company, ProEdge, accused of patent infringement in the District of Colorado by Sterisil.
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in two pro bono civil rights cases in the District of Colorado involving constitutional claims including violation of free exercise of religion (denial of kosher meals and confiscation of prayer book) and violation of free speech (confiscation of legal materials). The final remaining defendant settled all claims on the eve of trial after losing a motion to amend the summary judgment.
  • Counsel for a photovoltaic technology inventor, Solannex, in patent infringement law suit against MiaSolé in N.D. Cal. involving technology used to interconnect individual solar cells to create a solar panel. After a favorable claim construction ruling for Solannex, the parties reached settlement.
  • Day-to-day case responsibilities for a case in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of Ohio, representing a Colorado-based corporation, CSG Technologies, against their main competitor, TOA, who was improperly using a patented technician routing program. The parties reached a favorable settlement after discovery revealed additional potential claims against TOA.
  • Co-lead counsel for large internet retailer, Buy.com, accused of patent infringement by a non-practicing entity asserting camera patents in C.D. Cal. Achieved complete victory on summary judgment at the district court, entirely affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal in the first Federal Circuit case to interpret the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. 
  • Represented pet food manufacturer in patent infringement law suit in D.N.J. involving method for manufacture of pet chew toys. Complete victory at the Markman hearing resulting in stipulation of non-infringement. Complete victory after appeal to the Federal Circuit.

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, "Claim Drafting in Light of PTAB," Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute, May 2015

Industries & Practices

  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Emerging Companies
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Association, Patent Litigation Committee
  • California Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member of Denver Rotary, Club 31
  • Golden Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighter and Trustee
  • The Action Center, Self-Sufficiency Society

Accolades

  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Recognized as a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Denver Business Journal, 2016
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