Calliope Legal

Inspired appellate
briefs and arguments

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3570 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Olney, MD 20832

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Appellate experience

Intellectual property litigation—patent, trademark, and copyright-related issues of competition—has been our primary area of practice since the early 1990s.  Much of Calliope Legal’s appellate representation involves intellectual property. Elizabeth Rader’s experience as a Federal Circuit law clerk gives us valuable insights into what Federal Circuit judges like and dislike in appellate briefs and arguments.

We pride ourselves on the ability to explain sophisticated technology that might otherwise be challenging to those unfamiliar with specific technologies. Our name is Greek but our explanations of technology won't be Greek to a judge.

Elizabeth has also represented parties in cases that presented diverse other legal issues, including civil liberties. The necessary skills—legal writing, meticulous attention to detail, and thorough preparation for oral argument—transfer across multiple areas of the law.

updated: 10 months ago

Representative cases

Code Revision Comm’n et al v. Public.Resource.Org., 906 F.3d 1229 (11th Cir. 2018). Represented a non-profit organization, whose mission is to make sources of law available and accessible to the public, in an appeal to the Eleventh Circuit. In a unanimous and precedential decision, the Circuit Court reversed a district court’s decision that the client's posting the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated (OCGA) on its website infringed the State of Georgia’s copyright. The court of appeals held that the OCGA, including the annotations, was constructively authored by the General Assembly on behalf of the People, and therefore must be freely available and cannot be copyrighted.

updated: 3 months ago

uPI Semiconductor Corp. v. International Trade Comm’n, 767 F.3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2014). Represented a semiconductor chip design company in its successful appeal from an International Trade Commission determination concerning patents and trade secrets relating to chips used in video game consoles and similar consumer electronics.

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Epistar Corp. v. International Trade Comm’n, 566 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2009). Represented a chip manufacturer in an appeal from an International Trade Commission determinination involving patents directed to fabricating LEDS.

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Beethoven.com LLC v. Librarian of Congress, 394 F.3d 939 (D.C. Cir. 2005). Represented music streaming services in an appeal from the Librarian's decision setting royalty rates and terms for compulsory licenses for webcasting music.

updated: 10 months ago