Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Luedtke’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property matters. Ms. Luedtke is the go-to litigator and counselor on her client’s most sensitive issues.
She has been named among California’s “Top Women Lawyers” by the Daily Journal three times. She twice has been named to The Recorder’s list of “Women Leaders in Technology Law.” Ms. Luedtke serves as co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.
Ms. Luedtke has significant experience in trade secret matters, both in situations involving employee mobility, where individuals move from one competitor to another, and in cases involving allegations of trade secret theft in connection with business relationships, non-disclosure agreements, joint ventures, due diligence and partnerships. Ms. Luedtke also has an active practice counseling clients on trade secret protection plans, as well as conducting investigations into the potential theft of trade secret information.
Examples of Ms. Luedtke’s litigation work in this area include the following representations:
- ABC in defeating an effort by CBS to enjoin the reality show “The Glass House” based on, among other things, allegations that the producers of “The Glass House” took trade secrets about reality television production from their former employment at CBS working on its show “Big Brother.”
- Intel Corporation in obtaining dismissal of a trade secret case wherein Plaintiff alleged misappropriation of purported trade secrets that he disclosed during due diligence discussions.
- A top Silicon Valley technology executive in obtaining a favorable settlement in litigation over the enforceability of a non-competition agreement, allowing the executive to commence work at a new job.
Ms. Luedtke has extensive experience taking complex commercial litigation cases to trial and arbitration. Among her noteworthy trials, she represented:
- Jacobs Engineering in 2016 and obtained court ruling in Jacobs’ favor after an extensive bench trial.
- A leading aircraft manufacturer in a confidential arbitration over contractual rights to certain aircraft technology.
- Rambus in multiple jury and bench trials in federal court, including a jury trial victory on antitrust claims that was named one of the Daily Journal’s top defense verdicts that year.
Ms. Luedtke regularly advises clients in significant copyright litigation. Most recently, she successfully represented Disney, Lucasfilm and Marvel in obtaining a preliminary injunction on Aug. 30, 2018 against Redbox regarding its unauthorized sale of digital codes sold in DVD “Combo Packs.” Ms. Luedtke also has won numerous copyright cases for companies in the videogame industry.
In the trademark arena, Ms. Luedtke most recently represented Versace in successfully obtaining summary judgment in a case against Versace 19.69 Abbgliamento Sportivo, an unrelated company, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition claims.
- Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999); Board of Student Advisors
- Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994); Willard Thorp Senior Thesis Prize; Class of 1876 Memorial Prize for Debate in Politics
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