Taylor English is a unique firm, and its flexibility allows me to provide creative solutions to complex intellectual property matters that a traditional firm cannot match.
Seth Trimble has an international practice with a focus in technology litigation and intellectual property disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Mr. Trimble has nationwide experience litigating patent and trademark infringement cases, including cases in federal district courts in Georgia, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, New York, and Virginia. Mr. Trimble’s patent litigation and counseling practice includes experience with a diverse range of technologies, including telecommunications software, wireless networking, utility monitoring systems, computer user interfaces, mobile device software, medical records, prescription prenatal vitamins, water meters, pipe couplings, and metal forming and manufacturing processes. Mr. Trimble regularly represents clients at all stages of litigation – from pre-filing investigations through appeals. He has significant experience analyzing and responding to demand letters, conducting due diligence, including portfolio analysis, and advising clients on patent and trademark infringement and validity issues.
Mr. Trimble’s technology and intellectual property practice benefits from his technical background, and this experience also strengthens his cybersecurity and data privacy practice. Before practicing law, Mr. Trimble was a computer programmer and systems specialist at regional hospital and co-owned a technology consulting company.
Mr. Trimble has a particularly deep understanding of the digital aspects of litigation, which allows him to manage investigations and matters involving large volumes of electronically stored information (“ESI”). He is a member of the firm’s e-Discovery Committee and regularly works with clients to efficiently identify, preserve, collect, and produce ESI.
Mr. Trimble is a member of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, as well as the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia. He has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for his Intellectual Property practice. In his free time, Mr. Trimble enjoys sports and traveling with his wife and their two children.
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Member, 2010-present; Technology Law Section, Member, 2010-present; Young Lawyers Division Intellectual Property Law Section, Member, 2013-present
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Executive Committee, 2019-present; Member, 2010-present
Intellectual Property Owners Association
Valdosta State University Alumni Chapter of Atlanta, President, 2014-2016; Vice President, 2012-2014
- Successfully initiated Inter Partes Review of three asserted patents in defense of patent suit against Mueller Systems.
Representing Mueller in defending a patent infringement case brought by a Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) in the District of Delaware over water-metering technology. Filed petitions for IPR against the NPE’s three asserted patents, all of which were recently granted. Rein Tech, Inv. v. Mueller Systems, LLC (D. Delaware) & (PTAB).
- Represented Mueller Water Products in declaratory judgment actions involving patents and alleged trade secrets
Mueller Systems, LLC et al v. Teti et al.
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in suits for declaratory judgments of non-infringement, invalidity and unenforceability of patent held by defendant, non-misappropriation of the defendants’ alleged trade secrets, and validity, inventorship, and ownership of client’s patent. Mueller Systems, LLC et al v. Teti et al. (E.D. Virginia and D. Massachussetts)
Achieved a total dismissal of all claims against our client in a nine-figure trademark infringement case in the Western District of Texas. Our team used dispositive motions to resolve all of the claims, which accused our client Bankrate of trademark infringement and unfair competition based on the use of the plaintiff’s licensed trademark in Google searches and keyword advertising.
Achieved a total victory for our client in a $10 million trademark infringement matter in the Western District of California, effectively using a summary judgment motion to cancel the plaintiff’s trademark and dismiss all infringement claims against our client. Our team demonstrated that our client had common-law priority over the plaintiff, which had a federal trademark registration.
Tie Down, Inc. v. Rooftop Anchor, Inc.
Initiated lawsuit for Tie Down, Inc. to seek a declaratory judgment of non-infringement for a competitor's design patent relating to a roofing safety product. The case resulted in a favorable settlement for the client. Tie Down, Inc. v. Rooftop Anchor, Inc. (N.D. Ga.)
- Defeated motion for preliminary injunction in copyright and trademark litigation over replacement grill parts.
Represent a group of eight defendants, including a fulfilment center and operators of online stores on Amazon and eBay in trademark and copyright suit involving replacement grill parts. Opposed plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction and obtained a sweeping order by the court in which it held that plaintiff was not likely to succeed on any of its claims against the firm’s clients. Out of the over sixty named defendants, our clients were the only ones to ...
- Successful defense of Comverge, Inc. in patent infringement action relating to energy usage management
Nxegen, LLC and Nxegen Holdings, Inc. v. Comverge, Inc.
At the client’s request, we took over the defense of a large and hotly-contested patent infringement case brought by Nxegen LLC and Nxegen Holdings Inc. The patents involved systems and methods for remotely monitoring and adjusting energy usage. Facing a tight discovery schedule, we managed to produce, review and analyze a voluminous number of documents, take and defend approximately 30 depositions in a one-month period, amend the complaint to allege ...
Keystone Global LLC v. eBay, Inc. et al.
Obtained favorable settlement for HiPacking, Inc., a fulfillment center for products sold on eBay, in patent infringement case brought by license plate bumper manufacturer. Keystone Global LLC v. eBay, Inc. et al. (E.D. New York)
Cooper Lighting, LLC v. Cordelia Lighting, Inc.
Representing Cordelia Lighting, a provider of lighting fixtures and accessories, in defense of a patent infringement action brought by a competitor involving multiple patents relating to recessed, LED lights, and helped to win a dismissal of plaintiff's claims for willful infringement. Cooper Lighting, LLC v. Cordelia Lighting, Inc. (N.D. Ga.)
Sprinturf, LLC v. UBU Sports, Inc. and Maumee Bay Landscape Contractors, LLC
Served as counsel to UBU Sports and Maumee Bay Turf Center, premier providers of synthetic turf systems for use in a variety of sporting events, in patent dispute brought by a competitor. Sprinturf, LLC v. UBU Sports and Maumee Bay (N.D. Ga.)
- Led defense of patent infringement suit brought by patent troll relating to check scanning and processing
Lyssa Networks, LLC v. VeriCheck, Inc.
Represented VeriCheck, Inc., a leading ACH payment processor, in E.D. Texas litigation against a patent troll. As part of our defensive strategy, we prepared and filed a petition with the USPTO for Covered Business Method review and argued that the asserted patent claims were invalid under Section 101 for being directed to patent ineligible subject matter. The parties reached a confidential settlement shortly after the CBM petition was filed. Lyssa Networks, LLC ...
Represented an individual accused of misappropriating trade secrets and confidential information from a former employer. Engaged in extended negotiations with the plaintiff's counsel and ultimately reached a favorable settlement for our client.
ModTruss, Inc. v. BattleFrog, LLC
Taylor English handled the successful defense of a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction brought against our client, BattleFrog, LLC, a company that organizes and stages obstacle-course races that are televised on ESPN. The stakes in this case were very high, as plaintiff Modtruss, Inc., sought to prevent the airing of a recent BattleFrog race on ESPN and to enjoin our client from putting on additional races based on claims of alleged ...
- Obtained Favorable Appellate Ruling from the Federal Circuit for Provider of Diagnostic Testing and Repair of Customer Premises Equipment.
In a patent dispute with a competitor, we filed a complaint in the Northern District of New York after the competitor filed its own declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania six days before. Upon the firm’s motion, the Pennsylvania district judge dismissed the competitor’s complaint on the basis that its actions revealed a “nefarious motive to anticipate Contec’s impending suit and interfere with negotiations that Contec ...
Represented production company in intellectual property matters, including the negotiation of the full transfer to our client of all copyright in screenplays for a television series.
Adair v. Boat Dock Innovations, LLC, et. al.
Led the defense against an inventor/patentee in a case involving claims of infringement of a patent related to a boat dock ladder. Successfully petitioned the USPTO to reexamine the asserted patents—resulting in cancellation of all claims of one patent and significant narrowing amendments to the remaining patent’s claims. After a favorable claim construction ruling from the Special Master, the case was dismissed with prejudice, with no payments from the ...
- Defense of patent infringement claims asserted by patent troll ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc
Led defense of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc., for infringement of patents related to automated meter reading technology. The client reached a favorable confidential settlement with the plaintiff and the case has been dismissed. ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc. v. Badger Meter, Inc., et. al.
- Brought patent infringement action against Datamatic Ltd. for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in action against Datamatic Ltd. alleging patent infringement of Mueller’s patents for technology relating to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems. Negotiated a favorable settlement with defendant. Mueller International, LLC et al v. Datamatic Ltd.
Mission Pharmacal Co. v. Virtus Pharma., LLC
Led the defense of generic pharmaceutical company in a case involving allegations of false advertising and infringement of a patent related to prenatal vitamins and iron supplements. The parties reached a confidential settlement right before trial. Mission Pharmacal Co. v. Virtus Pharma., LLC (W.D. Texas)
Represented several outdoor advertising companies in actions brought by a patent troll, T-Rex Property AB, for infringement of patents related to digital advertising technology. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
- Successful defense of various distributors in patent infringement actions relating to pipe couplings
Successfully transferred, deferred, or achieved dismissal of numerous patent infringement suits brought against a client’s distributors in favor of declaratory judgment suit filed by the client, the product manufacturer.
The Massachusetts case, brought on behalf of Mueller Co., alleged that a competing fire hydrant distributor was making false claims about the characteristics and origin of Mueller’s fire hydrants and falsely claiming its hydrants were comparable to Mueller’s hydrants. Mueller asserted claims for trademark infringement, product disparagement, libel, and unfair competition. At the close of discovery, the defendant agreed to an injunction to cease all ...
Obtained consent injunctions in cases pending throughout Southeastern United States. Ceased the importation and sales activities of nearly one dozen gray market Yanmar tractor importers.
Achieved favorable settlement for client defending claims of copyright infringement for medical billing software.
- Dismissals of copyright claims and separate state action for international airline client sued over use of architectural plans
Represented a major airline in claims brought by a former vendor alleging misuse of architectural plans for office space. Won motion to dismiss state-court conversion claims, and in subsequent federal copyright-infringement case based on the same underlying facts, conducted discovery and negotiated settlement in which plaintiff dismissed the case with prejudice and with no payments from our client.
Joao Control & Monitoring Systems v. Comverge, Inc.
Handled the defense of a case for Comverge, Inc. in which the plaintiff, a non-practicing entity, claimed that Comverge infringed certain claims of a patent related to premises-monitoring technology. Successfully obtained a stay pending Inter Partes Reviews. The case was ultimately dismissed with prejudice, with no recovery from our client. Joao Control & Monitoring Systems v. Comverge, Inc. (N.D. Ga.)
Endeavor MeshTech, LLC v. Mueller Water Products
Led defense of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, Endeavor MeshTech, for infringement of a patent related to premises-monitoring technology. The client reached a favorable confidential settlement with the plaintiff and the case has been dismissed. Endeavor MeshTech, LLC v. Mueller Water Products (D. Delaware)
Activelight, Inc. v. Allure Global, et al.
Handled the defense of Allure Global in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, Activelight, Inc., involving allegations of infringement of patents related to digital signage. The parties reached a confidential settlement. Activelight, Inc. v. Allure Global, et al. (N.D. Ga.)
Provided counsel to one of the largest providers of in-home residential delivery services in the United States on all intellectual property matters. These matters range from prosecuting and maintaining the client’s patent and trademark portfolio, to counseling the client on protecting its trade secrets, to anonymously negotiating and obtaining a licensing agreement with a prolific non-practicing entity with a history of targeting businesses in the ...
- Intellectual Property 301 - The Anatomy of an IP Dispute/Lawsuit: Offensive and Defensive Strategies - International Woodworking Fair 2020August 27, 2020
- February 9, 2017
- "Intellectual Property – Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets, Oh My!" Recipes for Restaurant SuccessRecipes for Restaurant Success Hospitality SeriesNovember 18, 2014
- May 25, 2017
- June 24, 2014
- "Producing a Blockbuster IP Litigation Hit, Act 2: Efficiently Engaging the Adversary," InsideCounselMay 31, 2014
- March 4, 2020
- January 29, 2020
- January 3, 2020
- May 6, 2014
- February 24, 2020
- January 3, 2020
- February 20, 2019
- October 9, 2018
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Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, JD, 2010
Valdosta State University, BS, Computer Information Systems with emphasis in Networking, 2004
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018-2020