Colby Springer provides the strategic legal guidance that empowers clients to establish, maintain, and enforce their intellectual property assets. He counsels publicly traded and privately held companies at all stages of their development life cycles - from start-up and early growth, to mature and venture backed businesses, through companies engaged in public offerings, acquisitions, and divestitures. Colby offers strategic guidance in all aspects of intellectual property, with a specific emphasis on creation, acquisition, and enforcement of patent and trademark portfolios. He invests in learning about clients’ businesses, which allows him to assist in the strategic development of those assets that are most critical to a business’ needs.
Colby is an experienced patent litigator and has tried significant cases throughout the country including in the Northern and Central Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Middle District of Florida, the District of Delaware, the District of Nevada, and before the International Trade Commission. Colby has litigated patents involving a broad array of technologies including firewalls and unified threat management, 802.x standards and other wireless componentry, firearms, global positioning systems, web conferencing, streaming media, electro-static discharge tools, RFID, and wind turbines.
In addition to his patent litigation practice, Colby has an extensive copyright, trademark, and unfair competition practice. Colby has represented a variety of clients with respect to claims of copyright infringement including matters involving copyright misuse and DMCA safe harbors. Colby has both prosecuted and defended cases in venues across the country involving the Lanham Act, including claims of trademark infringement under Section 1114, false designation of origin and misleading description under Section 1125, as well as unfair competition and false advertising likelihood of confusion. These litigations have involved the world’s largest manufacturer of computer software and one of the largest manufacturers of multimedia, creativity, and rich Internet application software. Colby regularly defends cases involving California’s complex network of unfair competition laws including 17200 and 17500 actions under the Business and Professions Code and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
Colby also maintains a California state trade secret misappropriation practice and regularly counsels clients under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.