ATLANTA (March 7, 2022) – Smith Gambrell Russell (SGR) is pleased to announce that Jason Blair has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department in both its Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices. Mr. Blair joins SGR from the Austin law firm of Munck Wilson Mandala.
An experienced trademark attorney, Mr. Blair worked as a Trademark Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), handling more than 15,000 trademark applications from 2005 to 2018, before entering private practice. Moreover, while at the USPTO Jason served as the Special Marks Examiner for Sound and Motion Marks where he was instrumental in helping to develop and implement USPTO policies and procedures for this emerging and important area of trademark law.
“We are pleased to welcome Jason to SGR’s Trademark Practice,” said Scott Woldow, Managing Partner of the D.C. Office and Leader of the Trademark Practice. “Jason’s extensive experience as a former Trademark Examining Attorney, combined with his expertise as an outside practitioner, is a nice fit for our team. We are particularly excited to add his intellectual property experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries, as well as his noted expertise with non-traditional trademarks, such as color marks, sound marks and motion marks. We welcome Jason to the SGR family along with his wife and triplets. We look forward to growing together.”
Greg Kirsch, Head of SGR’s IP Department, further commented, “Jason joins SGR’s existing highly experienced trademark law team. The firm has a very deep IP bench throughout our various offices in the U.S. and Europe, and among all areas of IP law including trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and related counseling, opinions, licensing, and litigation. Jason adds significant depth to our trademark practice, and we look forward to putting his expertise to work for our clients.”
Mr. Blair received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned 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.
About Smith Gambrell Russell
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.