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Calliope Legal

Inspired appellate
briefs and arguments

Box 1041
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.

Representative cases

Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org., 590 U.S._ (April 27, 2020). We obtained a watershed ruling on behalf of a nonprofit organization that makes legal materials available online. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the annotations in the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated are unprotected by copyright under the edicts-of-government doctrine because they are works created by officials empowered to speak with the force of law. The majority reasoned that it is irrelevant that the annotations are not themselves legally binding. The high court's decision affirmed the Eleventh Circuit's unanimous decision in our client's favor.

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.

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. 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.