In today’s globally connected economy, it has never been easier to access and disseminate new ideas and technology. Of course, this means that the threat of unauthorized use of intellectual property (IP) has never been greater. Our IP lawyers deliver strategic counsel on how to defend, protect, and enforce IP rights and assets—from single entrepreneurial endeavors to complex portfolios of IP assets for large corporations.

Prepared to take the optimal course of action.

IP disputes are often settled by crafting resolutions that avoid litigation. There are times, however, when litigation is the right course and that’s when Hinckley Allen’s IP Litigation practice truly excels. From the outset, we work with clients to understand the risks, costs, and prospective benefits associated with various legal strategies. Only then do we litigate the case to achieve the solution that best matches your business and strategic objectives. Our experienced team has litigated and tried patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secrets, and copyright cases in courts throughout the United States and abroad.


We provide robust representation in all areas of IP protection. Our IP lawyers are experienced and active practitioners in all facets of litigation, from case filing through trial and appeal:

Patent Litigation

  • Patent validity/invalidity
  • Patent infringement/non-infringement
  • Inequitable conduct and patent enforceability/unenforceability
  • Defense of non-practicing entities (“troll”) litigation
  • Markman proceedings
  • Preliminary injunctions
  • Structured settlements, including licensing
  • Trials and appeals

Trademark Litigation and Unfair Competition

  • Enforcement and defense of trademark infringement lawsuits
  • Internet-based infringements, including domain name disputes
  • Prosecute and defend opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • Preliminary injunctions
  • False advertising
  • Trials and appeals

 Trade Secret Litigation

  • Prosecute and defend trade secret misappropriation issues
  • Preliminary injunctions
  • Experience in a wide variety of matters—consumer products, military weaponry, construction, software, financial services, and industrial
  • Trials and appeals

Copyright Litigation

  • Prosecute and defend infringement issues in federal courts around the country
  • Internet-based infringements
  • Copyright validity and enforceability issues
  • Preliminary injunctions
  • Experience in consumer products, software, mechanical and visual arts, music, publishing, construction, and media
  • Trials and appeals

Case Studies

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Successfully Defends Atkins & Linkletter Heirs in The Game of Life Dispute

Hinckley Allen won a significant victory in the First Circuit Court of Appeals involving the copyright authorship of the iconic Game of Life. The win comes after years of litigation involving the copyright grant for the Game of Life and whether it is eligi…

Case Study

Successful Prosecution of Energy Companies

Hinckley Allen’s Christopher Carter was successful in his representation of Freedom Logistics, PNE Energy Supply, Resident Power, and Halifax-American Energy Company, based in Auburn and known collectively as the Freedom Companies, in a lawsuit against …

News & Insight

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Attorneys Christine K. Bush and Craig M. Scott Recognized as 2021/22 IP Stars

June 2, 2021

Hinckley Allen is excited to announce that attorneys Christine K. Bush and Craig M. Scott have been recognized as “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property for 2021/22. Both attorneys have received this honor every year since 2014.Each year, MIP res…

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Hinckley Allen Attorney Laurel M. Gilbert Recognized with the 2021 Excellence in the Law Award

May 12, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Laurel M. Gilbert has been selected to receive the Excellence in Law Award in the “Up & Coming Lawyers” category. Presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Excellence in the Law Awards honors the very…

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Right of Publicity Laws: New Hampshire

August 27, 2020

A Q&A guide to New Hampshire right of publicity laws. This Q&A addresses the types of persons and aspects of identity protected by the right of publicity, remedies for violations of the right, defenses to right of publicity claims, personal jurisdi…


Pandemic disrupts IP filings, licensing

May 15, 2020

Litigation partner Craig M. Scott shares his thoughts on the changing intellectual property litigation landscape and how companies and research organizations are adapting and shifting models.

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