Mark Mullineaux, Esquire of Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP continues to actively litigate Intellectual Property Cases involving patents, trademarks and copyrights.
In December of 2013 Mr. Mullineaux obtained a jury verdict of copyright infringement in favor of his client, the Plaintiff, in a case before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The jury found that the Defendants committed “willful infringement” of Plaintiff’s copyright. The Plaintiff has a copyright in photographs used on Defendant Philly Pretzel Factory’s massive advertising campaign in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware of more than 50 billboards, on a website, on SEPTA buses, and in stores. The jury awarded Plaintiff monetary damage to compensate him for Philly Pretzel Factory’s use of the photographs taken by him.
Mr. Mullineaux obtained, in addition to monetary damages, full payment of attorney fees by Philadelphia Pretzel Factory. The Judge noted the rarity and importance of Intellectual Property cases reaching a jury verdict, since the cases are often settled out of court.
Mr. Mullineaux is one of the few attorneys in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas with experience obtaining a winning jury verdict in an Intellectual Property case. Currently, Mr. Mullineaux has pending copyright cases, trademark cases and large patent infringement cases involving some of the largest cell phone companies in the United States. Mr. Mullineaux is litigating Intellectual Property Cases before United States District Courts, a United States Court of Appeals and before the United States Trademark Trial Appeal Board. Mr. Mullineaux’s experience benefits Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel’s clients because he is familiar with all matters relating to intellectual property. Mr. Mullineaux can assist clients in preventing infringement or receiving compensation when deserved.
In addition to the trial work, Mr. Mullineaux also files Trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and files Copyright Applications with the United States Copyright Office.