Anti-Counterfeiting - Software

Kimberly B. Herman Partner (617) 338-2943 vCard
Lawrence R. Robins Partner (617) 338-2803 vCard
Laura A. Stacey Counsel (617) 338-2426 vCard

Sullivan & Worcester’s intellectual property and litigation lawyers conduct audits and provide strategic counseling to assist clients in identifying, protecting and exploiting key intellectual property assets. Our lawyers represent clients in a wide variety of trademark and copyright enforcement and defense matters, including programs for fighting software piracy and copyright infringement.

The firm provides clients with a broad range of copyright enforcement experience and a long track record of providing anti-piracy services to leading companies in a variety of industries, including gaming, media and software. Our lawyers assist clients with software piracy protection by developing systems in conjunction with our clients’ in-house legal teams to reduce piracy, providing protection at a reasonable cost.

Our work includes monitoring automatic software auditing/software intelligence to track infringements, collecting license fees and damages, converting infringers to appropriate number of legitimate licensees, tracking usage to ensure compliance with licenses, and managing delicate dealings to maintain and foster business relationships with existing licensees unaware of rogue infringement by employees and contractors, for example.

Representative Client Work

Recent representative software piracy matters include: 

  • Represented a billion dollar multi-national software company in connection with its software anti-piracy initiatives in the United States and Europe
  • Pursued copyright and trademark enforcement actions against software pirates in the US and abroad (ensuring compliance with EU and other privacy regulations) on behalf of: 

    • a leading CAD company
    • a software company whose 2D/3D drafting, architectural and mechanical design software is the #1 computer-aided design software in retail
    • a software company whose pattern design and nesting software for technical textiles/industrial fabrics is the leading software in the industry