Essentials of Intellectual Property Litigation and Disputes (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 03/31/2025


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the February 2022 webcast, Essentials of Intellectual Property Litigation and Disputes.

Topics Covered

  • Understand how to recognize IP disputes
  • Examine the unique aspects of IP litigation

For practitioners who litigate in the modern world. Every business and almost every dispute touch on some aspect of intellectual property. Great litigators need to know how to spot IP disputes and generally what options amongst myriad possibilities exist. Join Tom Dunlap and David Ludwig, authors of Virginia CLE’s Intellectual Property Law in Virginia, for this course and get a primary law overview of patent, trademark, copyright, domain, and trade secrets disputes, including:

  • Definitions and laws
  • Jurisdictions
  • Forums (state court, federal court, TTAB, PTAB)
  • Pitfalls in sending and receiving “cease and desist” letters
  • Unique aspects of IP litigation
  • Charts and time saving forms
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Thomas M. Dunlap, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Leesburg
David Ludwig, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Leesburg


Thomas M. Dunlap, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Leesburg
Tom Dunlap’s practice focuses on intellectual property and government contracts disputes, litigation, and transactions. He has authored numerous books and appeared on national television and radio, including Fox, Sundance T.V., and NPR, speaking on various subjects in his fields of practice. In addition to the state and federal courts of DC, Virginia, and Maryland, he is a member of the federal courts in Colorado, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas, as well as the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, where he was counsel on a False Claims Act case (United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co.) and in a case involving jurisdiction in patent infringement cases (T.C. Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC). Other recent litigation victories as lead trial counsel include an almost $30,000,000 verdict for patent infringement (Zuru v. Telebanrds et al.), a $2,600,000 counter-claim verdict (DPX Gear v. Erick Prince et al.), and a TRO in a patent infringement (Think Green Limited v. Medela). Mr. Dunlap currently hosts a nationally ranked legal-focused podcast called “The Blackletter Podcast.”

Mr. Dunlap has been repeatedly named as both a Washington, DC, and Virginia SuperLawyer (top 2.5%), maintains an AVVO “Superb” rating (10.0), “Top 12” (Northern Virginia magazine), Virginia Legal & Business Elite, Who’s Who in American Law, and has been named to various lists for litigation work such as the “Power 100” Hollywood Reporter Lawyer in entertainment for his work with independent film studios including Voltage Productions (The Hurt Locker), Millennium Film (Expendables 2), and a host of others. He also works with film industry professionals in a variety of areas, including copyright, licensing, distribution, contract, compliance, fundraising, and clearance.

Mr. Dunlap has an MBA and an MS in Biotechnology, which he leveraged to found the successful biotech start-up Ceres Nanosciences. In addition to nine years as an Army officer (Armor/Cavalry), Mr. Dunlap has an instrument pilot’s license, is a Master SCUBA Diver (PADI), has served as a Special Prosecutor, and has a background in finance from working at JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York in the Private Client Group.

David Ludwig, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC / Leesburg
David Ludwig’s practice focuses on civil litigation in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, internet/domain names, commercial transactions, government contracts, community associations, and bankruptcy law/creditors’ rights, as well as trademark and copyright prosecution, and corporate and small business law. He is co-chair of his firm’s litigation group, supervising several lawyers, and he has served as an attorney for local and national clients in federal and state court litigation and arbitration matters, as well as in bankruptcy proceedings, TTAB disputes (trademark Notice of Opposition and trademark Petition to Cancel proceedings), domain name disputes (ACPA, UDRP, and URS proceedings), government contract bid protests and Tucker Act litigation, and numerous other forums and proceedings.

Mr. Ludwig has represented manufacturing companies in complex patent infringement matters, technology companies in trademark infringement matters, and copyright holders in infringement actions against the likes of Disney and ABC. In 2012, he made new law in Virginia by successfully arguing to the Virginia Supreme Court that a prevailing homeowner is entitled to recover attorney fees in a claim against a Homeowners Association that has violated the provisions of its own governing documents.

Mr. Ludwig attended law school at The George Washington University Law School, where he served as a student teacher of legal research and writing and an articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal. Prior to joining his current firm, he worked for a boutique DC firm that specialized in litigation and legislative policy work in the areas of copyright and constitutional law.

Currently, in addition to his work with his firm, Mr. Ludwig also serves on the Board of Directors of Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc., a nonprofit that provides comprehensive, individualized employment, vocational training, and community integration opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is a LegalZoom “Advantage” Attorney who provides visitors with insightful answers to their business-related legal questions and concerns. He is also an adjunct professor of scholarly writing at The George Washington University Law School, working with intellectual property law students that are writing scholarly articles for publication, he sits on the editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, and he regularly speaks and conducts seminars on internet, trademark, intellectual property, litigation, and creditors’ rights issues.

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