Intellectual Property & Technology

Licensing

Stites & Harbison’s Intellectual Property and Technology attorneys represent clients in all types of licensing and technology transfer agreements. We have helped private and public organizations commercialize technology through licensing in, licensing out, and cross-licensing strategies. For example, our attorneys recently prepared and negotiated a comprehensive license agreement between a U.S. client and an overseas entity involving the licensing of certain patent rights and technical information for use in the construction of industrial equipment. Our attorneys frequently prepare and negotiate private label agreements and similar contracts that implicate trademark rights and the branding of products. The group is very experienced in developing and structuring a wide range of agreements that govern the licensing and use of software. Several of our attorneys are members of the Licensing Executives Society International. Others are active in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

In licensing matters, our attorneys often work closely with the firm's Business Services Group to advise clients on such matters as business structure, labor, employment, and employee benefits. Attorneys in the firm also have significant experience in venture capital, estate planning and succession issues, private placements, initial public offerings, recapitalization and various forms of debt and equity issues.

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Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2022 Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Virginia Lawyers Weekly recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul to the 2022 list of Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law. She is one of 19 attorneys honored.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 28, 2022
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Dragon Con

Date: 9/1/22 - 9/5/22

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta office attorney TJ Mihill will be a speaker at this year's Dragon Con being held September 1-5 in Atlanta.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) August 22, 2022
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Strategizing International IP Filings

Date: 8/24/22
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Zoeller Pump Co. Center for Excellence, 3649 Cane Run Rd, Louisville, KY 40211

Join speakers Jeffery Langer (formerly with Stites & Harbison and now General Counsel at Zoeller Company) and Robert Sterne, Co-Founder of Stern, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, for perspectives on strategizing international IP filings. Panel discussion to be followed by networking event sponsored by Stites & Harbison.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 10, 2022
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Artificial Intelligence and Inventorship Under U.S. Patent Law

In recent years, the capabilities of, and applications involving, artificial intelligence (“AI”) have dramatically increased, so much so that AI systems are now able to produce works of creativity and ingenuity once thought only to be possible through human efforts. The U.S. Copyright Office has already wrestled with the question of whether creative works authored by AI are eligible for federal copyright protection and determined that they are not in an opinion letter dated February 14, 2022.

by Gary N. Stewart (Nick) August 09, 2022
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Trevor Graves Selected for Leadership Kentucky's Class of 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Kentucky has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Trevor Graves as a member of the 2022 Leadership Kentucky program. This year’s 51-member class will participate in seven three-day sessions from June through December at locations throughout Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 28, 2022
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Intellectual Property in the Metaverse

The Metaverse, often characterized as the next level in the evolution of the Internet, is intended to be a virtual-reality, three-dimensional environment where users are able to interact meaningfully with not only other users but with the virtual environment itself. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook (re-branded as Meta) has characterized the Metaverse as “an embodied internet where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it.”

by Patrick M. Torre June 01, 2022
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Stites & Harbison Named to 2022 Top 10 Patent Firms in North America – South List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Patent Lawyer Magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC to the 2022 Top 10 Patent Firms and IP Practices in North America – South list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 16, 2022
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Wait . . . What About Trade Secrets?

When one seeks to protect one’s intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyrights immediately come to mind. Often given short shrift is the "forgotten stepchild" —trade secrets. Trade secrets may encompass a wide range of business information that (a) has value because it is not generally known in the trade and (b) is subject to reasonable efforts to preserve its confidentiality. When considering trade secrets, “business information” should be given a very broad definition and may include, but is not necessarily limited to, processes, procedures, research projects, nonpublic company documents (relating to, for example, recruiting, accounting, financial information and legal information), drawings, blueprints, laboratory notebooks, test data, training manuals, customer information and supplier information.

by Warren D. Schickli May 02, 2022
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Europe Continues Progress Toward Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

For decades, inventors have been able to file a single patent application in the European Patent Office (“EPO”) in order to pursue protection across multiple countries in Europe. However, at the end of the examination process, a patent application granted by the EPO still must be validated in each of the countries in which a patent owner wishes to secure enforceable patent rights.

by David W. Nagle Jr. March 09, 2022
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Decoding the Crypto Brand Super Bowl Commercials

Based on commercials that aired during Super Bowl LVI, crypto brands have officially moved from the fringes to the mainstream. But the crypto ads in this prime time space didn’t do much to explain the underlying products and services, especially if the viewers were not already immersed in Web3.

by Mandy Wilson Decker February 18, 2022