James Faris concentrates his practice in the areas of trademark, false advertising, unfair competition, and franchise litigation. Mr. Faris has significant experience representing clients in intellectual property and advertising disputes in federal courts throughout the country, before administrative and regulatory bodies, and in arbitration. Mr. Faris also counsels clients in a variety of industries—including telecommunications, franchising, food, healthcare, social media, and consumer products—concerning the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights and advertising and promotions issues.
Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Faris interned with Judge William S. Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia. During law school, he was on the editorial board of the Case Western Reserve Law Review, and he worked as a judicial extern for Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the Northern District of Ohio. Before law school, Mr. Faris served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria.
Mr. Faris was recognized as a Georgia "Rising Star" in 2017 for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.
Lead counsel for Two Men and A Truck. Successfully enforced right of first refusal to purchase trademark. Eliminated geographic concurrent restriction on company’s service mark registrations and created national trademark right.
Two Men and A Truck Int'l, Inc. v. David Underwood, et. al., No. 11-00598 (E.D. Va. filed June 1, 2011).
Represented Chrysler in successfully obtaining a settlement agreement before trial in litigation involving resolution of Defendant’s improper use of Chrysler’s IMPORTED FROM DETROIT trademark.
Represents a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer in trademark litigation and enforcement work.
Lead Counsel for Cisco in a patent infringement litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff asserted 11 patents related to encryption and network hardware technology against Cisco and several other defendants. In connection with defending Cisco, we performed significant analysis on the network hardware at issue. The court stayed the case for all defendants except for IBM, which was successful in getting summary judgment of non-infringement and on appeal. (Judge Brinkema). TecSec, Inc. v. IBM Corp., et al., No. 1:10-cv-115 (E.D. Va. filed Feb. 5, 2010).
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. (2009) cum laude
University of Missouri, B.A., History (2000)
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2010)
Georgia Supreme Court (2010)
Georgia Court of Appeals (2010)
Georgia Superior Court (2010)
International Trademark Association, Unreal Campaign Committee Member (2016-2019)
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section, Trademark Committee, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Franchise & Distribution Law, Member
American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Member
American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Board of Directors, Member
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