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Raymond Baltz

King & Spalding LLP

Position

Bruce W. Baber is a senior partner and founding member of the firm’s global Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. Baber is active in all aspects of the firm’s IP practice, with an emphasis on litigation and other contested matters. . Baber participates actively on behalf of a wide variety of clients in both jury and bench trials of patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement litigation matters, as well as adversarial patent, trademark and false advertising proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Since he began practice in 1979, Mr. Baber has represented many global and nationally known companies in dozens of patent infringement, copyright infringement and trademark infringement, dilution and counterfeiting matters, as well as in a wide variety of false advertising disputes.

Career

Mr. Baber participates actively on behalf of a wide variety of clients in both jury and bench trials of patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement litigation matters, as well as adversarial patent, trademark and false advertising proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Since he began practice in 1979, Mr. Baber has represented many global and nationally known companies in dozens of patent infringement, copyright infringement and trademark infringement, dilution and counterfeiting matters, as well as in a wide variety of false advertising disputes. During the years 1990 through 1996, Mr. Baber served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for ACOG, the organizing committee for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and ACOP, the marketing joint venture between ACOG and the U.S. Olympic Committee. As Chief IP Counsel for the Atlanta Games, Mr. Baber was responsible for the development, implementation and management of the extensive and effective trademark protection, anti-counterfeiting, anti-ambush marketing and anti-ticket scalping programs for the 1996 Games. Most recently, Mr. Baber participated as one of the lead trial counsel for Google Inc. in the landmark Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc. copyright and patent infringement case in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. After a six-week jury trial in April and May of 2012, Google succeeded in obtaining dismissal of Oracle America’s copyright claims relating to the copyrightability of certain elements of Java programming language Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) used in the Android mobile device platform and won a jury verdict on all patent claims asserted by Oracle America. In other recent cases, Mr. Baber has served and continues to serve as lead trial counsel for clients such as The Coca-Cola Company and United Parcel Service in intellectual property litigation in federal courts across the country. He has represented during his career many well-known consumer product and luxury brand owners, including Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, Rolex, Nike, Izod, Polo Ralph Lauren, The Ritz Hotel, and licensees of the Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, in a variety of trademark and related matters. Mr. Baber has substantial experience in the protection of trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property, the prosecution of applications for registration of such properties, and the development and implementation of worldwide protection strategies. He has been involved in numerous major licensing and other intellectual property related corporate transactions, joint venture agreements and marketing agreements. Mr. Baber has been selected for many years by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in his practice area. He has also been included in multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, The World Trademark Review WTR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, numerous “Super Lawyer” lists, and other leading industry publications. Mr. Baber graduated with distinction from Princeton University in 1976 and received his law degree with honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1979. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues and has authored a number of articles on trademark matters. Mr. Baber joined King & Spalding in 1979 and has been a partner in the firm since 1985. Mr. Baber has held a number of leadership positions within the firm, including serving as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Task Force, as Practice Group Leader for the firm’s global Intellectual Property Practice Group (2000-2006), and as Chair of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee. He currently serves as a member of the firm’s Partners Committee.

Education

J.D., cum laude, Duke University B.A., with distinction, Princeton University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

King & Spalding LLP's experience includes acquisitions and divestitures of public and private companies, joint ventures and going-private transactions, and it advises investment bankers on facilitating deals. Other areas of strength are anti-takeover strategies, solicited and unsolicited acquisition offers, and tender offers and proxy contests. The firm also has a significant private equity practice as well as sector expertise in energy and infrastructure, real estate, healthcare and life sciences, business services, and technology and telecoms. Active key clients are Energizer, Transocean, Roper Technologies, Brookfield Infrastructure Group and The Coca-Cola Company. The team acted for Energizer in its proposed acquisition of the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands; and advised Roper Technologies on the agreement to divest its transmission electron microscope business to multinational biotechnology product development company, Thermo Fisher Scientific. In other matters, the team assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Group with its acquisition from AT&T of 32 internet data centers in 12 countries. James Woolery in New York leads the firm’s M&A and corporate governance practices; key Atlanta names are global corporate practice leader Raymond Baltz Jr, William Calvin Smith III, Rahul Patel, Russell Richards and Keith Townsend. Judy O’Brien and Laura Bushnell are notable Silicon Valley contacts. Significant growth includes Jonathan Melmed joining the New York office as co-chair of the global private equity practice from Morrison & Foerster LLP, while Washington DC-based Alan Noskow and Brian Ashin, formerly of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, were hired in the corporate, finance and investments practice group.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

King & Spalding LLP has increased its emphasis on private equity in recent years, with considerable success in energy, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences deals. Bringing a team with him, Jonathan Melmed joined the New York office in 2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP, becoming co-chair of the private equity practice alongside Rahul Patel in Atlanta. The expanded group now advises clients including Arcapita Group, Brookfield Infrastructure Group, DE Shaw, HIG Capital, OMERS Private Equity and Starwood Energy Group. It is 'extremely practical and provides solution-oriented legal advice from partners to associates', is 'extremely well-coordinated', has a 'very broad skill set with all required specializations' and is 'user-friendly'. Melmed led a team that advised Starwood Energy on its $1.2bn agreement to acquire two combined-cycle gas turbine plants with a combined output of 1.7GW from Dominion Energy. In another headline deal, the firm advised Brookfield Infrastructure Group on its $1.1bn acquisition of 32 internet data centers in twelve countries across five continents from AT&T.  Atlanta partner Raymond Baltz 'appreciates the environment that clients operate in', is 'adept at providing technical legal analysis to in-house lawyers as he is giving business-oriented legal advice to non-lawyers' and 'appreciates the business relationship between client and counterparty'.

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