Mr. Blair handles a wide variety of intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues. Prior to private practice, Mr. Blair was an examining attorney for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for over a decade. His direct involvement in the prosecution and examination of over 15,000 trademark applications in the USPTO affords him an extraordinary depth of experience in the trademark registration process.
In 2008, Mr. Blair was named the USPTO’s Special Marks Examiner for Sound and Motion Marks, and was instrumental in implementing agency policy standards and procedures for trademarks incorporating sound or motion. In addition to examining all of the sound and motion mark applications, he drafted several provisions of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) dealing with those marks, was directly involved in the formulation of sound and motion mark policies, and worked with foreign government officials in efforts to harmonize sound and motion mark practices globally.
Mr. Blair received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and received a Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in Administrative and Trademark Law.
Representation management of trademark portfolios for a wide range of clients, from small startups to multi-national companies with extensive worldwide trademark portfolios, including clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement. Representative clients have included brand name restaurant and hospitality companies, sports franchises, technology companies, and institutions of higher education.
Representation of clients to identify and value protectable intellectual property to create filing and enforcement strategy that maximizes protection within an acceptable budget.
Representation negotiating and drafting intellectual property licensing agreements as well as initiating and defending trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trail and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Initiates and responds to cease-and-desist letters over trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes.
Coordinates with foreign attorneys and legal associates to create a coherent worldwide trademark registration and enforcement strategy, including counterfeiting and “gray market” importing issues importing issues.
Provides client marketing team training to advise of trademark and copyright issues, avoiding disputes in a proactive manner.
Coordinates litigation counsel to form strategies for intellectual property litigation matters.
Manages teams of IP attorneys and IP paralegals within the firm’s practice.