Burr & Forman

Hunter S. Freeman

Hunter S. Freeman
  • J.D., University of South Carolina (2003)
  • B.S. - Physics, Rhodes College (2000)

South Carolina

  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • Greenville Bar Executive Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property
  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-2018), Litigation (2012-2018)
  • Greenville Business Magazine, Legal Elite of the Upstate (2012-2018)
    • Successfully defended client from claim that its educational software infringed upon a competitor's patent.
    • Successfully enforced a restaurant's trademark rights against competitor's use of a similar mark.
    • Successfully enforced taxi company's trademark rights against competitor that was unfairly competing by using client's trademark.
    • Successfully enforced lighting company's trademark rights against competitor's use of similar mark in Louisiana.
    • Provided a pastor the right to use the mark "Living Water" despite the efforts of a multimillion dollar company to prohibit such use.
    • Successfully defended candle maker from claim that its products infringed competitor's patent and copyrights.
    • Enforced use of part numbers on replacement parts so that third parties cannot label aircraft replacement parts with client's part numbers, unless third party was an authorized distributor - significant benefit to helping create a "Certified Parts Program."
    • Successfully defended insurance agency from claims of negligence and negligent misrepresentation.
    • Successfully defended bank from claims of negligence and negligent misrepresentation.
    • Successfully defended client from claim of ownership of 7.5% of client's outstanding stock.
    • Created and implemented copyright protection for county GIS information allowing counties better control over the county GIS data for counties in multiple states.
    • Successfully enforced governmental agency's contract rights relating million dollar software program.
    • Protected client's trade secrets from being used by a competitor in the medical equipment industry.
    • Successfully defendant client from a breach of contract and interference with contractual relations claims seeking $20 million in damages.
    • Enforced patent relating to golf course irrigation and drainage system to prevent further infringement of patent and to recoup sales lost from infringement.

Partner | Greenville, SC

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Services

Intellectual Property Commercial / Corporate Litigation

Industries

Manufacturing Health Care Restaurant Services

Hunter helps businesses navigate and resolve complex corporate disputes, especially those involving intellectual property (IP). He also prepares and prosecutes patents that protect inventions, trademarks that protect brand names and logos as well as copyrights that protect marketing materials. Hunter's litigation practice strives to maximize the value of his clients' intellectual property by ensuring that their IP rights are respected and fully leveraged so they can develop and maintain market share within their industry.

Having successfully obtained numerous patents for his clients, Hunter keenly understands not only the patent prosecution process but also how to enforce and defend against claims of patent infringement. He has prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications that resulted in federal registration. In doing so, Hunter has litigated numerous disputes before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals. Additionally, he has extensive experience in enforcing his clients’ branding throughout the nation by pursuing and defending against claims of trademark infringement on behalf of his clients.

Hunter understands IP law is about more than protection and enforcement. It is about promoting progress. His goal is to assist companies in maximizing the value of their intangible assets, increase market share and strengthen their competitive advantage. Through patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and cooperative strategic planning, Hunter works closely with his clients to keep them secure and ready for continued expansion.