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Intellectual Property. In the intellectual property area, we have assisted many companies in the application for and prosecution of trademark rights both within and outside the United States. We have represented a number of U.S. clients in the registration and protection of trademark rights around the world, including under the new European Union trademark system. We also have represented U.K., German, Japanese, U.K. and other non-U.S. clients in connection with registering and protecting trademarks in the United States. One of our lawyers is the chairman of the Policy Oversight Committee, the international entity with a worldwide membership and responsibility for fashioning a system for the assignment and administration of Internet domain names, as well as a source of proposed administrative procedures for resolving international trademark disputes over domain names. We are counsel to a number of clients in connection with Internet publishing issues having cross-border implications, including jurisdiction, advertising, security and privacy issues. Our experience includes representation of a U.S. housewares company in connection with distribution and marketing agreements for its products in Japan, Africa and other transactions outside the U.S. We counseled a Japanese electronics company in connection with the development of a negotiating strategy designed to limit patent infringement claims. We have also counseled an international conservation and land management organization in connection with the prosecution and protection of trademark rights in Pacific Rim and Latin American countries.
Franchise, Distribution and Commercial Agency. Our qualified lawyers regularly advise U.S. clients expanding beyond the U.S. borders through the establishment of franchise, distribution, commercial agency or licensing programs outside the U.S. We also have represented non-U.S. clients that operate in the U.S. using franchise, distribution, and sales representative or licensing arrangements. Some examples would include our representation of a U.S. manufacturer of tools in connection with its distribution and franchising activities outside the U.S. and of a U.K. water filtration technology company in the establishment of U.S. distribution arrangements. We assisted a U.S. manufacturer of marine recreational products (power boats and boat engines) by conducting a survey of local law pertaining to its dealer and distributor relationships in Puerto Rico, Ecuador and a number of Central American countries and we counseled a U.S. fast food restaurant franchisor regarding the protection of its trademark rights in various countries.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Our qualified is known for the strength and depth of its litigation practice. This expertise extends from complex litigation to alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. We have more than 200 litigators with a wide range of experience. For example, we have represented the state power system of an Eastern European country in defending a breach of contract action brought in the U.S. courts. We have represented a German-Swiss joint venture in connection with proceedings defending an airport transportation project contract award against a challenge by an unsuccessful Japanese bidder. Our client was a U.S.-based construction company in connection with an action brought by it in the U.S. courts to enforce arbitral awards made outside of the U.S. against the government of a Middle Eastern nation. Attorneys at Our qualified were counsel to a U.S. chemical company defending against U.S. and Canadian criminal investigations and $3 billion in consolidated civil class action suits in multiple jurisdictions alleging horizontal price-fixing by Canadian mining companies after the settlement of a U.S. anti-dumping proceeding. One of our lawyers also has represented a European airline in connection with a defense against a U.S. criminal grand jury investigation of alleged export control violations in the sale of commercial jet engines and a European automobile manufacturer in connection with a U.S. antitrust action alleging monopolizing conduct.
Labor and Employment Matters. Our attorneys regularly advise clients on labor and employment matters extending from general employment practices and policies to defense of discrimination, harassment and similar allegations, as well as offer counsel on the design and development of programs to prevent violation of applicable laws. In the case of non-U.S. clients, this might include advice in the context of disputes such as that provided to a Japanese trading company in connection with the successful (summary judgment) defense of a gender discrimination lawsuit, or advice in a transactional context such as representation of a Japanese hotel company regarding labor and employment implications of its assumption of the management of certain hotels in the U.S. By way of other examples, our lawyers have advised Asian companies in connection with sexual harassment claims brought against senior executives, as well as representation of action of a non-U.S. airline in connection with its successful opposition to union organizing campaigns. Also If you need any help about Bankruptcy matter, our E Orum Young Bankruptcylaw firm is available to assist in similar cases.