Unfair Competition

Unfair Competition

McHale | Slavin represents clients in matters relating to unfair trade practices including federal actions under the Lanham Act and state law causes of action. Unlike other areas of intellectual property law, unfair competition actions are not preempted by federal law and may involve both federal and state causes of action. The law of unfair competition emerged from common law and is designed to protect competition and valuable business information. There are a number of actions that may give rise to claims of unfair competition including: trademark and trade dress infringement; trade secret theft; dilution; and false advertising. Unfair competition law often overlaps with other areas of law including not only patent, trademark and copyright law - but also antitrust, trade secret laws; laws recognizing the right of publicity, computer fraud statutes, employment law, and the Lanham Act.

Our firm's intellectual property lawyers are experienced in handling these matters both through transactional work and litigation. We are skilled at both protecting clients' intellectual assets and in defending unjust assertions of unfair competition. Contact us for additional information or to schedule a consultation.