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 licensing lawyers 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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Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Appoints Donovan D. Gibbs II to Advisory Board

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Donovan D. Gibbs II to its Young Professionals Advisory Board.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2024
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Stites & Harbison Earns 2024 Top 10 Listing in Patent Lawyer Magazine

The Patent Lawyer Magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC to the 2024 Top 10 Patent Firms and IP Practices in North America – South list. This is the firm’s third year being honored.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 10, 2024
Client Alerts

Who Owns TRAVIS KELCE?: An Example of the Legal Issues that Arise When Related Entities Apply for Similar Trademarks

The Lanham Act bars the registration of similar trademarks (or “marks”) that are likely to cause confusion with existing marks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). This concept of “likelihood of confusion” is a foundational principal of trademark law and one of the most beneficial aspects of acquiring a federal registration. IP attorney Donovan Gibbs takes a look at those benefits in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Donovan D. Gibbs II May 08, 2024
Events

Navigating Artificial Intelligence in PR and Communications

Date: 3/21/24
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Flash Cube Building, 9300 Shelbyville Road, 2nd Floor Community Room, Louisville, KY

The March PRSA Program entitled "Navigating Artificial Intelligence in PR and Communications," is a panel discussion surrounding the utilization of AI in communications and will feature Stites & Harbison IP attorney, Nick Stewart, who is a Registered Patent Attorney.

Gary N. Stewart (Nick) March 08, 2024
Client Alerts

Is That Tattoo Infringing? The Complicated Copyright Questions Surrounding Tattoos

Tattoos have been at the core of several copyright cases over the last few years. One of the earliest well-known examples was a suit by Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist over the use of Tyson’s face tattoo design in the movie The Hangover Part II, which settled out of court in 2011. However, several more recently undecided cases have raised issues tied to tattoos and copyright infringement. TJ Mihill takes a look at this issue in the latest Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) February 15, 2024
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Donovan D. Gibbs II to the Louisville Office

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Donovan D. Gibbs II to the firm based in the Louisville, Ky., office. He joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 29, 2024
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2024 INTA North America Roundtable; Annual Case Law Review (Nashville, TN)

Date: 1/31/24
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

401 Commerce Street, Suite 800, Nashville, TN 37219

IP attorney Alex MacKay will co-host this roundtable in the firm's Nashville office on January 31, 2024.

Alexandra MacKay January 23, 2024
Client Alerts

USPTO Issues Enablement Guidelines Following Amgen v. Sanofi

On January 10, 2024, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Guidelines for Assessing Enablement in Utility Applications and Patents in View of the Supreme Court Decision in Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sanofi et al. The Guidelines are intended to inform U.S. patent examiners and the public about the process to be followed when assessing whether a claim satisfies the enablement requirement under 35 U.S.C. 112(a), after the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Amgen v. Sanofi. IP attorney Patrick Torre takes a look at the guidelines in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Patrick M. Torre January 17, 2024
Client Alerts

Gifts from the USPTO for Prospective Patentees Heading into the New Year

Irrespective of the Naughty and Nice List, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has rolled out a series of programs over the course of 2023 that may serve to make the spirits of the inventors in your lives merrier and brighter heading into the new year. IP attorney Nick Stewart takes a look at those programs in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Gary N. Stewart (Nick) December 27, 2023
Client Alerts

Monetizing Intellectual Property: The Basics and Benefits of Licensing

Owners of intellectual property (“IP”) rights associated with inventions and creative works have discovered that “licensing” is an effective way to monetize their IP. IP attorney Scot Duval takes a look at the ways to do that in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Scot A. Duvall December 18, 2023
Client Alerts

What 70% of Americans Don’t Understand About Intellectual Property

Mandy Decker takes a look at the different types of intellectual property in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Mandy Wilson Decker October 26, 2023
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Managing IP Honors James Hayne and Nick Stewart on 2023 "Rising Stars" List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys James Hayne and Nick Stewart to its 2023 “Rising Stars” list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 10, 2023
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Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on "IP Stars" 2023 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2023 “IP Stars” list. Managing IP recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 25, 2023
Client Alerts

Supreme Court “Chews” VIP Products LLC’s Position, Unanimously Siding with Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc.

Intellectual Property attorneys Alex MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul take a look at the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Jack Daniel's Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC case in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Alexandra MacKay June 30, 2023
Client Alerts

Identifying Inventors is a Critical Step in Pursuing Patent Protection

Patent attorney David Nagle takes a look at patent protection for inventors in this Stites & Harbison client alert.

by David W. Nagle Jr. June 22, 2023