About Shane Olafson
Shane Olafson is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups. As an engineer and artist, he understands the importance of innovative expression. For this reason, Shane enjoys helping businesses preserve and protect their intellectual property rights.
Trademark, Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Disputes. Shane has represented early-stage businesses as well as large multinational corporations in disputes involving trademark infringement, trade secret theft, unfair competition and related matters. He has successfully obtained numerous preliminary and permanent injunctions on behalf of his clients. Recently, Shane played a key role in helping Cricket Communications obtain summary judgment against several defendants for willful trademark infringement and unfair competition; the court permanently enjoined the defendants’ tortious conduct and awarded the client its attorneys’ fees and costs.
Patent Disputes. Shane has significant experience resolving patent disputes involving a wide variety of technologies. When Ericson Group accused Digital Sports Graphics of patent infringement, Shane helped Digital Sports Graphics obtain a ruling that the plaintiff’s patent was both invalid and unenforceable. Presently, Shane is representing an international Wi-Fi technology company in ongoing patent disputes coupled with patent re-examination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Internet-Related Disputes. Shane also protects his clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet. He has resolved several domain name disputes on behalf of a spa ranked #1 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. He has handled proceedings involving the Digital Millennium Cybersquatting Act (DMCA) and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and has successfully obtained transfer and/or takedown of numerous websites.
IP Licensing and Registration. In addition to litigation, Shane has experience registering and licensing intellectual property, performing due diligence and opinion work, and negotiating and drafting agreements.
Other Litigation. Shane also helps businesses resolve contract and other commercial disputes. For example, Shane represented a biopharmaceutical services company in a breach of contract case, where he successfully negotiated dismissal of a $70 million claim against his client.