Intellectual Property Protection

Breach of Contract and Misappropriation of Client's Intellectual Property

Anthony Ostlund aggressively protects client from intellectual property misappropriation

"Successfully standing up for the “little guy” always brings pleasure.  Pursuing claims on behalf of clients with limited resources requires Anthony Ostlund to think critically about what we need to do to represent the client rather than doing everything that the rules allow." --Norman J. Baer

Client Issue

With the traditional canvas tent and awning business in a steep decline, F.O. Berg, our client, developed an alternative product that would be useful to the airline industry.  F.O. Berg then entered into a contract with a multi-billion dollar manufacturing and distribution company to capitalize on its invention.  We were retained when Sonoco Products breached the contract and misappropriated our client’s intellectual property for its own benefit. 

The Anthony Ostlund Approach

Anthony Ostlund took our usual aggressive approach – not what the giant Sonoco was expecting.  After successfully pursuing discovery and defending against Sonoco’s efforts to have our claims dismissed, we were able to bring the case to trial.  Key to our efforts were strategic and tactical decisions that enabled our much smaller client to limit its expenditures while maximizing its results. 

Results Achieved

Four days after the trial started while F.O. Berg was still putting on its case, a settlement was reached on more favorable terms than had ever been offered before trial.


Spokane Tent and Awning, Inc. d/b/a F.O. Berg Co. v. Sonoco Products Company

United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington