Litigation can have a significant impact on a company's ability to protect itself in a competitive market - and to achieve its business objectives.
At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, we help companies involved in business litigation assess their options and make decisions consistent with their goals.
To speak with one of our business and commercial litigation attorneys, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact our office online.
Business and Commercial Law
We aggressively defend and pursue our clients' interests in matters such as:
- Breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
- Partnership disputes
- Insurance disputes
- Fraudulent inducement
- Tortious interference
- Bad faith insurance claims
- Business torts
- Commercial oil and gas litigation
- Securities litigation
- Employment disputes and cases involving the corporate theft and RICO
- The Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Act
- Buy-sell agreements and dissolution of a business
- Unfair competition
- Civil conspiracy and corporate conspiracy
- Intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, patent litigation and trade secrets disputes
We have represented clients in a wide range of contract law disputes, including employment contracts, real estate and land contracts, and many others. We also protect whistleblowers when pursuing qui tam actions.
Litigation is an undesirable part of any business relationship. We understand the expense associated with pursuing and defending cases in business-related litigation; therefore, our attorneys make every effort to limit the scope of any business litigation and provide efficient and expedient resolutions.
In most business disputes, there is a window of opportunity during which expensive business litigation can be avoided. We pride ourselves on creating and recognizing the opportunity to equitably resolve business disputes before thousands of dollars are spent on litigation.
Nevertheless, we have significant trial experience and will never encourage a client to accept an unsatisfactory compromise. When necessary, we will vigorously pursue a claim.
Our firm has an exceptional reputation for negotiating the pretrial and trial phase of business litigation, including document production and filing of appropriate motions to limit the scope of the case.
Our firm has earned a national reputation as advocates for individuals and businesses that have suffered wrongs at the hands of other parties. We do not think that inventors should have their unique innovations stolen, copied or infringed upon by others.
It is a matter of justice, but for many small companies and entrepreneurs, a case involving patent infringement is also a matter of financial survival.
We are ready to stand and fight for our clients, because we know how important a patent infringement dispute can be. We are successful trial lawyers who are determined to protect the rights and interests of our clients.
Patents protect your invention from others from making, using, selling or offering for sale unauthorized copies.
Having patent rights to your invention allows you to protect your work from infringers - those who are trying to copy your intellectual property.
If you are seeking to protect a patent, you need a team of patent litigation attorneys with experience in complex intellectual property rights cases.
We will protect your intellectual property rights and interests to ensure the security of your future profits. Whether you wish to get an injunction to stop the use of your invention, are seeking damages through a lawsuit or would like a license agreement so that you collect royalties, we know how to get results.
Not every lawyer or law firm can handle a complicated patent infringement case. From beginning to end, patent litigation requires a big commitment of time, energy and money.
- The discovery process in a patent case will typically involve taking numerous depositions from the inventor, anyone involved with the licensing or selling the patented device, the attorney who prosecuted the patent, experts and others.
- The technical aspects of a patent case can be daunting, the pretrial work extensive and the expenses significant. Statistics show that an average patent case in the Eastern District of Texas costs between $4 million and $6 million to take all the way through trial.
The good news is that at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, our attorneys are skilled in patent protection and litigation. We know the importance of protecting your intellectual property rights. We are experienced in preparing compelling cases against patent infringers and will take every necessary step to ensure that your rights are protected.
We have experience handling patent litigation cases involving:
- Patent infringement
- Intellectual property litigation
- Patent protection disputes
- Licensing defense and licensing agreements
- Patent prosecution
- Trade secret protection
- Component parts
A History of Successful Business Representation
Our firm has earned a reputation for successfully handling a wide variety of business litigation. Our business litigation group is headed by a former president of the Houston Bar Association.
But we do not rest on our laurels. Our attorneys realize that reputations do not win business litigation cases and that most businesses are represented by quality attorneys; therefore, we handle each business litigation case as if our reputation depended on it.
Texas Is a Popular Venue in Patent Litigation
The patent laws provide that a patent lawsuit can be brought anywhere that an infringing product is offered or sold. Because Texas is so large, you can usually locate infringement in the state. Texas, specifically the Eastern District of Texas, has become the No. 1 venue for prosecuting plaintiffs patent cases. In fact, roughly one-third of all patent cases are filed in the Eastern District of Texas.
There is a very specific set of local rules in the Eastern District for patent cases - these promote early disclosures, complete document production and relatively quick trials. We know these rules inside and out and have successfully pursued several patent cases in this district.
Contact Us Today
When representing a company in commercial litigation, we never promote unnecessary business litigation nor do we encourage a client to accept an unsatisfactory compromise. We will vigorously pursue a claim to the fullest extent possible.
To learn more about what we can do for your business, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact our office online.