Intellectual Property

Protecting the Value of Your Business

For our clients who depend on proprietary products and technologies, business methods, and brand identification for their bottom line, no aspect of legal representation is more critical than the protection of intellectual property. Our intellectual property attorneys help clients develop appropriate strategies to identify and protect inventions and technology, and when necessary, help our clients enforce their rights in those inventions and technology. 

Our lawyers assist clients with all aspects of intellectual property law, including, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain name and internet issues, social media, privacy, licensing, and protective agreements. We assist clients in transactions involving these critical assets, and we handle litigation related to each of these areas.


For many companies, a brand is the value of the company. We work diligently to assist clients with all stages of brand management from developing branding strategies, selecting and clearing marks, obtaining federal and state registrations for those marks, developing and implementing appropriate licensing strategies, and enforcing the brand rights.

Our attorneys have experience in each of these areas as well as experience handling proceedings at the TTAB, conducting IP due diligence for transactions, handling domain name issues and litigating trademark related disputes including infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.


We assist clients in the registration of their copyright interests as well as the licensing and sale of their works. Our copyright attorneys regularly advise clients with respect to protectability of their works, infringement concerns, fair use, proper use of others' materials, and commercialization of their works. We also assist clients in developing appropriate internet policies that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Our patent attorneys evaluate our clients' inventions for patentability and infringement purposes, assist in obtaining patent protection for the inventions, develop profitable licensing strategies, and enforce those rights when appropriate. We assist clients with portfolio management, due diligence efforts, development and licensing agreements, and all aspects of patent prosecution.

Trade Secrets

First and foremost we work with clients to identify their trade secrets and develop plans to protect those trade secrets. Our services include development of an overall trade secret protection plan, preparation of confidentiality agreements, employee agreements, necessary manuals, and other individualized policies. We work with clients to understand not only how to identify their trade secrets but how to take steps on a daily basis to protect and maintain their rights in these trade secrets.

Technology Transactions and IP Due Diligence

In conjunction with our Mergers and Acquisitions group, we assist clients in transactions involving their intellectual property assets. We help clients determine the value of the intellectual property, assess their intellectual property portfolios, identify areas for growth, verify IP ownership, and negotiate the corresponding transaction documents to close the deal.


Our IP attorneys prepare and negotiate technology agreements to manage rights in our clients' intellectual property, including licenses, assignments, joint development agreements, and research agreement. We regularly work with our clients to develop strategies for exploiting an existing intellectual property portfolio and maximizing its value, as well as to license necessary inbound technologies on favorable terms.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Our attorneys represent and defend our clients' interests in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Our intellectual property litigation group has experience handling trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, and patent claims as well as claims of unfair competition, false advertising, counterfeiting, and antitrust violations.


Our technology attorneys focus on all aspects of representing technology-based companies. We work with these companies throughout their life assisting with start-up issues specific to technology companies, techniques and strategies for protecting and exploiting their technology, development of appropriate employee agreements and policies, development of licensing strategies, acquisitions of related technologies, and when the time comes, due diligence and assistance in negotiating the best exit strategy for the company. Our technology expertise includes representation of clients and handling transactions in the software, biotechnology, entertainment, health care, manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, life sciences, food and beverage, energy, hospitality, and franchise industries.

Our Attorneys

Matthew Barnes
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5120
(205) 278-4597
Ryan Corbett
Associate ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5740
(813) 357-3599
Nancy Fouad Carey
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5425
(205) 244-5603
Tully Hazell
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4317
(404) 817-3244
Harvey Kauget
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5755
(813) 357-3555
Robert Lockwood
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4269
(404) 214-7952
Ellen Mathews
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5410
(205) 714-6897
Gene Price
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5328
(205) 244-5698
Christopher Thompson
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5325
(205) 244-5632
India Vincent
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5284
(205) 244-5714
Thomas Wood
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8203
(251) 706-2412

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Represents a major importer, roaster and distributor of specialty coffees in intellectual property matters including trademark clearance, registration and enforcement.
  • Represents a national, all natural beverage manufacturer and distributor in intellectual property matters including trademark clearance, registration, licensing and enforcement. Other intellectual property representation includes software licensing, marketing agreements, endorsement agreements, website privacy policies and terms of use.
  • Company Restructure

    Represented client Budgetext Corporation, a distributor of educational materials having sales in excess of $100,000,000 annually, with the recapitalization and restructuring of the Company in connection with the offering of shares to third party investors. Work included negotiation of contracts, analysis, review and preparation of due diligence materials and offering materials, advice on tax matters, and review of structuring issues. Proposed transaction included sale of subsidiaries in Puerto Rico and Panama.
  • Contract Negotiation for Country's Largest Industrial Project

    Represent owner in the construction of a $5 billion heavy industrial manufacturing facility in Alabama. This representation includes drafting and negotiating construction contracts, equipment purchase contracts, equipment erection contracts, purchase order terms and conditions, logistics contracts, and consulting contracts. Representation of this client also includes managing construction claims, and defending against contract and project disputes.
  • Sale of Assets

    Represented National Car Credit, Inc., a finance and insurance services company with operations in four states, in the sale of substantially all its assets to Crescent Bank and Trust Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The transaction closed in the second quarter of 2009. Assets consisted primarily of active retail installment contracts and other accounts receivable, as well as tangible personal property and related systems and software. Real estate assets were also conveyed.