Jared Welsh focuses his practice on trademark and copyright litigation and licensing. He has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, technology, hospitality, sports, and entertainment, in federal trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement litigation and disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. A significant part of his practice also involves assisting clients in developing and implementing trademark and other intellectual property licensing programs, including the negotiation, drafting, and enforcement of complex license agreements. His other experience includes domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution; general trademark and copyright counseling; false advertising matters; and negotiating and drafting a variety of agreements, including entertainment and publishing contracts.
Mr. Welsh also devotes considerable time to pro bono work, counseling nonprofits on intellectual property matters and representing indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Welsh spent one year as a Fellow at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, where he represented indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes and worked on legislative reform and related projects. During law school, he was the Executive Articles Editor for the Emory Law Journal and he earned Dean's Awards in two classes. He also interned at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.
Prior to law school, Mr. Welsh earned a master's degree in philosophy at Georgia State University, where he taught philosophy, logic, and ethics courses. He is also a musician and a former filmmaker, with extensive experience in the creative and business aspects of the film and music industries.
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing, and transactional work for a host of clients from various industries.
Represents Johnson Controls Battery Group, Inc., a leading battery manufacturer, in trade dress infringement litigation against Exide Technologies involving Johnson Control’s unique and well-known Optima® batteries.
Represents Royal Ten Cate (USA), Inc., a global leader in industrial textile fabrics, and its related companies in various trademark matters, including clearance, international registration and enforcement projects.
Represented FN Herstal, S.A., a Belgian firearms and weapons manufacturer in a trademark infringement case against Clyde Armory involving our client's rights to the trademark SCAR for assault rifles and accessories. Following a bench trial, the court issued a lengthy order holding that FN Herstal has superior rights in its SCAR mark and that there was "ample evidence of bad faith" on Clyde Armory's part in adopting and using its infringing SCAR-Stock mark for assault rifle stocks. The court issued a permanent injunction against Clyde Armory, ordering it to, among other things, cease all use of SCAR or SCAR‐Stock and to deliver up for destruction its infringing products and any materials displaying SCAR or SCAR‐Stock. Clyde Armory has filed an appeal, and we are representing FN Herstal in the pending appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. FN Herstal, S.A. v. Clyde Armory, Inc. et al No. 1:12-cv-01867 (N.D. Ga., filed May 31, 2012).
Represents a Fortune 100 multinational corporation in the mail, package, and freight delivery industry in trademark enforcement and licensing work.
Successfully defended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in trademark infringement litigation against Hokie Real Estate, a real estate agency that adopted a maroon and orange color scheme in their advertising and business cards. The defendant filed a number of counterclaims alleging fraud on the trademark office and trademark misuse. The court granted Virginia Tech's motion to dismiss the counterclaims on sovereign immunity grounds. Case subsequently settled on favorable terms.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University v. Hokie Real Estate, Inc., No. 7:10-cv-00466 (W.D. Va. filed Oct. 18, 2010).
Emory University School of Law, J.D. (2009) cum laude
Georgia State University, M.A., Philosophy (2005)
Georgia State University, B.A., Philosophy (2002) cum laude
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2010)
Georgia Supreme Court (2010)
Georgia Court of Appeals (2010)
Georgia Superior Court (2009)
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Board of Directors, Member
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Junior Board, Member
Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Member
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Entertainment and Sports Section, Member
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