September 4, 2019

Ten Years of Tools: Helping Olympia International develop new products and avoid litigation from competitors

Ten Years of Tools: Helping Olympia International develop new products and avoid litigation from competitors

For more than a decade, Patterson + Sheridan has helped Olympia grow from a small hand tool company to a major supplier to the largest retailers in the country. Our firm provides strategic counsel to help the company develop new products while mitigating the risk of litigation.

Determining the “path of least resistance” for product development

When Olympia is exploring new product lines, our attorneys help them identify existing patents and navigate the protected intellectual property of competitors. Through extensive research and analysis, we provide efficient pathways to bring new products to market without infringing on prior utility patents, design patents or trademarks. Over the years, Patterson + Sheridan has helped Olympia bring dozens of new products to market.

From lawsuit defendants to selling millions of units annually

A major breakthrough for the company was the introduction of a low cost, high volume consumer product at a major big box retailer. After identifying an excess production capacity and significant market demand, Olympia started producing and importing the products. There were no existing design patents for the products in place; however, a competitor ultimately sued for unregistered trade dress infringement.

Shortly after the suit was filed, we helped Olympia develop an alternative, more attractive product design that was free of infringement claims and a better product overall. This quick pivot in designs mitigated damages in the lawsuit and impressed Olympia’s customer. To this day, Olympia sells millions of these products each year.

Business growth fueled by a strategic partnership

Thanks to this ongoing relationship, we have been able to help Olympia grow its business by identifying workarounds to existing products, providing strategic insight into the marketplace and helping the company manufacture new products while avoiding competitors’ intellectual property.

Associated attorneys: Bruce Patterson, Jessie Herrera, Aaron Perkins, Jerry Selinger, Susan Powley

Associated practices: Litigation + Dispute Resolution


Related Team:

Jerry R. Selinger


Susan E. Powley

Of Counsel

Aaron Perkins


W. Bruce Patterson

Partner, Practice Head

Jessie D. Herrera, Jr.