Dropbox Wins Summary Judgment in Trademark Dispute

On November 15, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a motion by firm client Dropbox, Inc. for summary judgment in a trademark dispute over the "Dropbox" name. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen rejected trademark infringement claims asserted against Dropbox by a company called Thru Inc. that claimed to have been using the term "dropbox" as the name for a function in its file-transfer software since 2004. Judge Chen ruled that whether or not Thru had any rights in the term, Thru was guilty of laches, having intentionally delayed filing suit against Dropbox for years, hoping to increase the value of a claim as Dropbox added hundreds of millions of users.

A team of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati lawyers represented Dropbox in the matter, including partners David Kramer, Colleen Bal, and John Slafsky; Of Counsel Shelby Tsai; and associates Peter Holm and Kelly Knoll.