Intellectual Property & Technology

Trademarks

Stites & Harbison's trademark attorneys provide comprehensive, personalized services to a diverse clientele worldwide. We have extensive experience helping clients secure and protect their trademarks. Additionally, our team carefully collaborates with select international colleagues to assist clients with the registration and enforcement process internationally.

Services we provide include:

  • Conducting clearance searches to select protectable marks;
  • Prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and state trademark offices;
  • Facilitating the registration of trademarks abroad;
  • Maintaining and renewing trademark registrations in the U.S. and abroad;
  • Negotiating and documenting transfers and licenses of trademarks;
  • Recording trademarks with U.S. Customs to help prevent the importation of counterfeit goods;
  • Protecting our clients' marks on the Internet;
  • Resolving trademark disputes through litigation, including practice before courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the USPTO, and arbitration panels; and
  • Generally assisting clients with management of their trademark portfolios.

We counsel and assist clients by negotiating licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, and other relationships with third parties. In transactions involving the acquisition or disposition of trademark portfolios, our intellectual property attorneys team with our firm’s business services attorneys to:

  • Coordinate due diligence efforts;
  • Evaluate and assess the status of trademark portfolios involved in a transaction;
  • Draft and negotiate the appropriate terms related to trademarks in a transaction, whether they are central to or incidental to the larger transaction; and
  • Ensure the accuracy of documents that reflect the transfers of trademarks.

We also have experience working on secured transactions in which trademarks and other intellectual property form a significant part of the collateral securing a loan. In such transactions, we draw on the firm's interdisciplinary experience to achieve successful completion. We understand the value of communication and networking, so we are active members in a number of trademark organizations, including the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. These memberships enable us to advocate for trademark issues, maintain connections with trademark counsel around the world, and remain educated about emerging and significant issues facing brand owners today.

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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
Client Alerts

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
Events

2022 Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference

Date: 3/21/22 - 3/23/22

Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Atlanta office attorney T.J. Mihill will be a speaker at this conference being held in Houston, Texas, March 21-23, 2022.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) March 15, 2022
Client Alerts

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
Client Alerts

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
Client Alerts

Recent Patent Program Updates by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

USPTO Launches New Pilot Program to Improve Efficiency of Utility Patent Application Examination. In response to concerns expressed by way of a letter sent from Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has launched a “Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER) Pilot Program” for non-provisional patent applications.

by Patrick M. Torre February 11, 2022
Client Alerts

Defendants Caught Red-Handed in Patent Infringement Case Get Five Months of Damages Wiped Out for Patentee’s Failure to Mark Its Products

In early September of 2021, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the notice requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 287. Patentee’s seeking to recover damages on unmarked goods must ensure their notice to a potential infringer is an actual notice of infringement and not merely notice of a patent.

by Samuel A. Raque (Sam) December 09, 2021
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Stites & Harbison Strengthens Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of John Teresinski

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney John P. Teresinski to the Alexandria, Va., office as a Member (Partner) with the firm.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 03, 2021
Articles

Heavy Meta: Is Rebranding Worth All This?

Article by IP attorney Mari-Elise Paul in the Louisville Bar Association's Bench & Bar discussing rebranding.

by Mari-Elise Paul December 02, 2021
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Intellectually Speaking: As more startups come online in Louisville, the need for advice on intellectual property increases — which is where lawyers enter the picture

Intellectual property attorney, David Nagle, discusses how startups can best manage the intellectual property process when launching a business.

by David W. Nagle Jr. November 29, 2021
Client Alerts

USPTO Issues Final Rule for Implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published a final rule implementing the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA). The TMA amends the federal trademark statute (Lanham Act) in several ways, but the most significant aspect for the business community is the establishment of new ex parte expungement and reexamination proceedings for cancellation of a registration when the required use in commerce has not been made.

by Trevor T. Graves November 23, 2021
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Stites & Harbison’s Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group Continues Growing with the Addition of Christina I. Ryan

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Christina I. Ryan as Counsel to the firm based in the Louisville, Ky., office. She joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2021
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Samuel Raque

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Samuel A. Raque to the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office. He joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group as a Registered Patent Attorney.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 29, 2021
Articles

Trademark Modernization Act Provides Useful tools for Brand Owners of All Sizes

The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) introduced several amendments to federal trademark statutes, known as the Lanham Act, that should prove favorable to brand owners when the TMA becomes effective on December 27th.

by Michael S. Hargis October 04, 2021
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Provides Additional Guidance on Assignor Estoppel in Patent Litigation

Assignor estoppel is an equity-based doctrine that can be invoked during the course of patent litigation to prevent an assignor, after assigning their interests to a patent to another, from later asserting that the patent is actually invalid.

by Gary N. Stewart (Nick) September 28, 2021
Events

AIPLA's Eleventh Annual Trademark Boot Camp

Date: 8/30/21 - 9/2/21

Webinar

IP attorney Joel Beres is set to speak at the AIPLA's 11th Annual Trademark Boot Camp webinar Aug. 30-Sept.2, 2021.

Joel T. Beres August 19, 2021
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Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2021 Trailblazer in World IP Review’s Diversity Publication

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul as one of 20 Trailblazers profiled from around the world in WIPR’s Diversity Trailblazers 2021 list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 12, 2021
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Managing IP Selects Mandy Wilson Decker to 2021 “Top 250 Women in IP” List for Seventh Time

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker to the 2021 edition of Managing IP’s “Top 250 Women in IP.” This is the seventh time Decker has been honored on this list, and she is the only attorney honored from Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 26, 2021
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Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on “IP Stars” 2021 List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2021 “IP Stars” list. Managing IP recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 26, 2021
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Well-Known King & Schickli Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Stites & Harbison

LEXINGTON, Ky. —Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of four attorneys to the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 15, 2021