Julie Giardina is an Associate with Womble Bond Dickinson, where she focuses her practice on guiding clients through intellectual property litigation matters, including complex patent, trademark, and copyright disputes.
During law school, Julie worked full-time honing her legal skills as a paralegal for the IP litigation team. Julie drafted discovery, pleadings, and motions, prepared for depositions, and conducted legal research on a range of IP litigation matters. She also played a key role in two jury trials involving patent and trademark infringement, assisting the team in achieving two full defense verdicts.
Julie’s unwavering commitment to her craft carries over to her commitment to clients as she supports them every step of the way through the litigation process.
Your company (or your client) creates an innovative idea that is going to blow the market away. While still safeguarding your invention as a trade secret, you file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and get the product ready for launch. After product development, a key designer leaves the company for a competitor. Not long after you issue a press release on your innovative product, that competitor launches a copycat product. Do you have to wait for the patent to (hopefully) issue prior to filing suit against the competitor? Or can you take immediate action on trade secret misappropriation grounds? Ultimately, it depends on where you file suit.