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
  • 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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Intellectual Property Commercial / Corporate Litigation


Manufacturing Health Care Restaurant Services

Through his Intellectual Property (IP) and Litigation practices, Hunter serves as a modern-day moat builder. By assisting with the identification, registration and enforcement of his clients’ IP, Hunter creates barriers to entry that can keep competitors at bay. These barriers help Hunter’s clients establish, maintain and grow their market share. As a certified mediator in the state and federal courts of South Carolina, Hunter is able to help negotiate timely and cost effective resolutions in the most contentious or complex commercial disputes.

Whether navigating and resolving complex corporate disputes or preparing and prosecuting patents for new innovations, trademarks for product or service branding, or copyrights for marketing materials and other works of authorship, Hunter strives to maximize the value and utility of his clients’ IP.

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 pursuit of and defense against lawsuits involving claims of trademark 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.