Burr & Forman

Hunter S. Freeman

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

South Carolina

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

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association
  • Southeastern Medical Device Association
  • SC Bio Life Sciences Industry
  • South Carolina Research Authority
  • Upstate SC Alliance
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Greenville Bar Executive Committee
  • Best Lawyer in America Litigation - Intellectual Property (2021)
  • 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, 2020)
  • Enforced patent rights relating to medical device for promoting autogenous tissue growth.

  • Enforced patent relating to pipe coupling system used on highly pressurized pipes.

  • Enforced patent relating to golf course irrigation and drainage system.

  • Defended client's educational software against claim of patent infringement.

  • Defended candle maker's products from claim of patent and copyright infringement.

  • Protected medical device company's trade secrets from being used by a competitor.

  • Defended medical device company from claim of ownership of 7.5% of client's outstanding stock.

  • Enforced trademark rights in aircraft part numbers to prevent unauthorized third party use of client's part numbers on replacement parts - significant step in client's creation of a "Certified Parts Program."

  • Enforced a restaurant's trademark rights against competitor's use of a similar mark.

  • Enforced taxi company's trademark rights against infringement.

  • Enforced lighting company's trademark rights against competitor's use of similar mark.

  • Provided a pastor the right to use the mark "Living Water" despite the efforts of a multi-million dollar company to prohibit such use.

  • Created and implemented copyright protection for county GIS information allowing counties better control over the county GIS data for counties in multiple states.

  • Enforced governmental agency's contract rights relating to a million dollar software program.

  • Defended client from breach of contract and contractual interference claims seeking $20 million in damages.

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Services

Intellectual Property Commercial / Corporate Litigation

Industries

Manufacturing Health Care Restaurant Services

Through his Intellectual Property (IP) and Litigation practices, Hunter creates barriers to entry that can keep competitors at bay and help clients maintain and grow their market share. Whether navigating and resolving corporate disputes or prosecuting patents for new innovations, trademarks for branding, or copyrights for works of authorship, Hunter strives to maximize the value and utility of his clients’ IP. As part of his litigation practice, Hunter serves as both a litigator and a certified mediator. As a mediator, Hunter helps negotiate timely and cost effective resolutions in the most contentious and complex commercial disputes. As a litigator, Hunter aggressively defends his clients while developing litigation strategies that are mindful of the fact that a “win” does not always require a court-room victory.

Through his focus on patents, Hunter keenly understands not only the patent prosecution process but also how to enforce and defend against claims of patent infringement. He has also prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications that resulted in federal registration. Hunter has litigated numerous disputes before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has extensive experience in branding enforcement through his litigation of lawsuits involving claims of trademark and copyright infringement throughout the country.

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, increasing market share and strengthening 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.