Overview

Jared Welsh focuses his practice on brand and content licensing. He assists clients in developing and implementing intellectual property licensing programs and the negotiation, drafting, implementation, and enforcement of a wide variety of agreements involving brands, content, and publicity rights, including complex trademark and copyright license agreements, franchise agreements, and entertainment and publishing contracts. His practice also includes due diligence for corporate transactions with major intellectual property components; domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution; and general trademark and copyright counseling. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, hospitality, consumer products, sports, and entertainment. His experience also includes federal trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement litigation, the international arbitration of licensing disputes, and contentious matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Welsh also devotes considerable time to pro bono work, counseling nonprofits and artists on intellectual property matters and representing indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Welsh spent a 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 advocacy 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 practical experience in the creative and business aspects of the film and music industries.

Mr. Welsh was recognized in 2018 as a Georgia "Rising Star" for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Experience

Performs not only trademark and copyright licensing and transactional work, but also due diligence, domestic and international clearance and prosecution, policing, anticounterfeiting, and franchising for a host of clients from various industries.

Provides global trademark licensing advice and assistance to renowned hotel and temporary residence company.

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.

Represents a Fortune 100 multinational corporation in the mail, package, and freight delivery industry in trademark enforcement and licensing work.

Represented 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.

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).

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Education

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

Admissions

Georgia (2009)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2010)

Georgia Supreme Court (2010)

Georgia Court of Appeals (2010)

Georgia Superior Court (2009)

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Professional & Community Activities

ArtsATL, Board of Directors, Member

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Board of Directors, Secretary

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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