William E. Manske represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters across a diverse set of industries, including entertainment, medical device, agribusiness, manufacturing, and financial services.
Will represents clients in litigation nationwide on complex patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark matters and advises clients on brand management issues, including trademark acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement, as well as Name, Image, and Likeness (“NIL”) issues.
Will has significant experience directing complex intellectual property matters through trial. He has successfully directed several complex copyright and trademark matters, providing strategic guidance to clients at every step along the way—from acquisition through enforcement.
In 2021 and 2022, World Trademark Review named Will a “Top Trademark Professional” in its WTR 1000 Guide, citing his peers who consider him an “excellent litigator, known for his attention to detail and powerful argument skills, but also for his commitment to civility and commonsense.” Additionally, Super Lawyers has recognized him as a “Minnesota Rising Star” every year since 2016.
Represented leading provider of direct marketing services in action against former executives and their new employer alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of contract and breaches of duties of loyalty. Case settled on confidential terms after hearing on cross-motions for summary judgment. IWCO Direct Holdings Inc. v. Nahan Printing, Inc.
Trial counsel in Covidien v. Esch in which a federal jury in the District of Massachusetts held the defendant, a former Covidien employee, liable for breaching his contracts with Covidien by disclosing and using confidential information to start his own company.
Counsel for Virtual Radiologic Corporation and Nighthawk Radiology Services in Virtual Radiologic Corp. v. Tandem, an action for patent infringement, copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and interference with contract in the District Court for the District of Arizona. Robins Kaplan obtained injunctions in favor of our client on September 19, 2014, including a finding of patent infringement. The case involved our clients’ teleradiology technology and confidential business information.
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