The American Intellectual Property Rights Alliance, which has been working to defend intellectual property in Washington for nearly two decades, has been granted an extension to a lawsuit filed by the National Football League against the city of Seattle, the Washington state Attorney General’s office and the city’s health department.
The Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, sued the city, state and Seattle Health Department on March 14 to prevent Seattle from implementing a policy that allows owners of intellectual property rights (IPR) to sue in small claims court for any alleged infringement of their intellectual property.
Seattle’s policy, which the city said it plans to implement by March 1, requires owners of IPR to be notified if their rights are infringed by the city or its employees.
The policy also requires the city to pay for all legal fees incurred by those who file claims.
The city argued that IPR owners cannot sue without first being notified of the alleged infringement and that the city cannot stop IPR from suing for infringement when the city fails to enforce the policy.
The lawsuit is the latest legal fight Seattle has been embroiled in since becoming a major player in the field of IP protection in recent years.
Last year, a federal judge ruled against Seattle after a three-month legal battle over a lawsuit brought by IP rights holders seeking to prevent the city from expanding the IPRA.
A judge also denied Seattle’s request to delay a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which is considered the most powerful court in the country.
The Seattle lawsuit was filed after the city made a series of policy changes in July, including a requirement that all employees carry IPRA-compliant ID cards, a requirement for employees to notify the city if they have any suspicions of an alleged infringement by a third party, and a requirement to allow the city access to its records, which have become the subject of ongoing litigation.
The city has argued that it has not violated IPRA by enacting the policies.
The lawsuit argues that the policy has been in effect for over two years and has not made it easier for individuals or entities to file claims, especially in cases of alleged infringement.
“We’re not trying to get a big order here.
We’re just trying to help the city get its act together,” said Steve Kiel, the general counsel for the Seattle Alliance.
The Washington State Attorney General Office, which brought the lawsuit, has said that the lawsuit was a “spineless attempt to use the courts to undermine public confidence in Seattle’s law enforcement efforts to protect the public health and safety of all Washington residents.”
The Seattle Alliance says that it filed the lawsuit to protect its members and to “preserve their ability to pursue the full value of their rights and to recover their property and other property from the city and its employees.”
In its brief, the Alliance said that it had already obtained a temporary restraining order preventing the city for five days from implementing the policy, but that the order was invalidated on January 29.
That was due to the fact that the restraining order expired at midnight on February 8.
The American Intellectual IP Rights Alliance was formed in 1999 as a group of attorneys and business leaders from different sectors of the industry to protect and defend intellectual rights and the rights of individuals and entities.
It is a non-profit organization that has over 500 members and has been awarded nearly $100 million in awards from the American Bar Association.