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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Edward Colbert

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property; Trademarks

Position

Partner

Career

Edward is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice. He has over 30 years of experience handling litigation, licensing and other adversarial proceedings concerning all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition and trade secrets. Edward’s comfort and skill in the courtroom have enabled him to successfully represent banks and financial services companies, electronic/Internet commerce providers and entertainment companies, as well as manufacturers of medical devices and products, basic chemicals, petroleum products, and general consumer merchandise supply companies, including those in the apparel, food and beverage businesses.

Member

  • Arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne Switzerland and for the American Arbitration Association
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Past Chairman of the Sports and Entertainment Industries Committee of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Division 
  • Member of the Intellectual Property section and the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association 
  • The INTA Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • The International Trademark Association
  • The Maryland State Bar Association Business Law Section

Education

  • JD, 1972, with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, Maryland Law Review
  • AB, 1970, University of Maryland


United States: Intellectual property

Copyright

Within: Copyright

Jeff Dodd in Houston and Edward Colbert in Washington DC chair Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team, which excels in copyright advisory and transactional work as well as handling litigation. The firm counsels the World Baseball Softball Confederation on all matters related to its copyright portfolio. It also assists DHX Media with copyright protection matters arising from its $345 acquisition of Iconix Brand Group. On the contentious front, the firm successfully defended Mattel against allegations of copyright infringement regarding its book series, American Girl. New York-based copyright litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini are also recommended.

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Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

The ‘very responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’ and has in-depth experience in technology licencing matters. Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert, based in Houston and Washington DC respectively, direct the team which includes the ‘creative’ and ‘thorough’ Washington DC-based Ping Wang who has ‘deep understanding of drug patenting’. Other practitioners to note are Gary Abelev and Michael Lennon in New York, Shawn O’Dowd in Washington DC and Gregory Porter in Houston. In a recent highlight, the group advised Dr. Jack Arbiser and his company Natuderm on the negotiation of several licences and option agreements with pharmaceutical companies in the dermatology sector. Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s IP and technology group has considerable experience assisting clients with portfolio management, prosecutions and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Washington DC, co-chair Edward Colbert has been representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation in opposition proceedings brought against FIFA regarding registration issues. Also in Washington DC, Susan Smith has been advising Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on all domestic trademark matters, including applications, enforcement and registration. Also headed by Jeff Dodd in Houston, the team includes James Rosini in New York and Michele Schwartz in Dallas.

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