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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Jeff Dodd

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Intellectual Property

Position

Partner

Career

Jeff Dodd has more than 35 years’ experience helping companies with their corporate, securities, intellectual property and technology transactions. Jeff’s clients range in size from Fortune 50 companies to emerging businesses. He offers critical experience in myriad industries and various transaction types, both in the United States and internationally.

Jeff has extensive corporate, securities and corporate finance experience. He routinely helps clients in all variety of diverse domestic and international corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings, structuring and documenting joint ventures, corporate partnering and similar arrangements, private debt and equity financing transactions, structuring finance arrangements and vehicles, and advising on regulatory and compliance matters.

Jeff also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s global intellectual property and technology practice. Under Jeff’s leadership, the practice has grown to include 40 IP and technology transactions professionals. Jeff is the co-author of Modern Licensing Law with University of Houston Law Center Professor and former Dean, Ray Nimmer. The treatise covers all aspects of intellectual property licensing and has become one of the industry’s most respected publications on the topic. Jeff is routinely asked to write, speak and present on related topics.

Jeff continues to serve his alma mater as a member of the University of Houston Law Foundation Board of Directors and as a University of Houston Honors College Advisory Board Member. He is a lifetime fellow in both the Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Foundation.

Member

Member

  • Houston Bar Association
    •  Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Electronic Commerce Sub-Committee
    • Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Business Law
    • Section on Intellectual Property Law
    • Forum Committee on Franchising
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Past President - University of Houston Law Foundation

Board Member - Board of Directors of the University of Houston Law Foundation

Advisory Board Member - Honors College of the University of Houston

Fellow - Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation

Education

  • JD, 1979, summa cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
  • BA, 1976, magna cum laude, University of Houston


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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