Intellectual Property

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With one of the largest intellectual property practice groups in the state, McAfee & Taft offers a full range of legal services in the intellectual property field. The broad spectrum of technical backgrounds and experience of our attorneys gives us expertise in all areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, entertainment and other related matters, such as advertising, media, computer and Internet law.

Our intellectual property trial lawyers regularly practice before all federal district courts in Oklahoma, including the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, located in Oklahoma City; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, located in Tulsa; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, located in Muskogee. They have also tried cases in numerous federal district courts around the country and handled appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other U.S. Courts of Appeal throughout the United States.

Exceptional Technical and Legal Expertise
McAfee & Taft’s Intellectual Property Practice Group includes attorneys having technical backgrounds in biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, life sciences, geology, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and medical technology. Many of such attorneys are registered to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. No firm in Oklahoma can match the technical knowledge of McAfee & Taft.

A Full-Service Firm to Meet All Your Intellectual Property Needs
McAfee & Taft’s Intellectual Property Practice Group represents and advises clients of all sizes, from individual clients and small companies to Fortune 500 corporations.  Our clients have diverse intellectual property needs and concerns, and we work closely with them to identify and address each and every issue.

For more specific details regarding our areas of expertise, please select from the practice area links on the right.

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Sasha L. Beling
Shareholder
(405) 270-6011
Rachel Blue
Shareholder
(918) 574-3007
Ryan N. Cross
Of Counsel
(405) 270-6026
Robert W. Dace
Shareholder
(405) 552-2268
Clifford C. Dougherty, III
Shareholder
(405) 552-2302
William D. Hall
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2218
Jessica John Bowman
Shareholder
(918) 574-3046
John A. Kenney
Shareholder
(405) 552-2244
Michael J. LaBrie
Shareholder, Director, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2305
Michael D. McClintock
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2213
Zachary A.P. Oubre
Associate
(405) 270-6023
Anthony L. Rahhal
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2306
Emalie L. Rott
Associate
(918) 574-3071
Spencer F. Smith
Shareholder
(405) 552-2334
Robert E. Spoo
Of Counsel
(918) 574-3035
Chase C. Webb
Associate
(405) 552-2280

Paralegals

Tiffiany Butler
Paralegal
(405) 228-7652
Allyson J. Crow
Paralegal
(405) 228-7622
Keli Ewing
Certified Paralegal
(918) 574-3072
Glenda Holden
Paralegal
(405) 552-2380
Nancy Marshall
Paralegal
(405) 228-7614
Teresa Purcell
Paralegal
(405) 552-2377
Lu Ann Williams
Paralegal
(405) 228-7637
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Articles

GDPR

Would you like some milk with your cookies? 5 months post-GDPR

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |
Little copyright pirates

Little pirates

The Journal Record |

Beware of ‘free’ copyright licenses

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |
marijuana business trademark

Weeded out?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Patent application filing basics

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Biometric privacy laws pose new challenges, risks for employers

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Biometrics usher in new era of privacy laws, litigation risks

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Two-step analysis to assist in determining patent eligibility

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Brunetti decision paves way for offensive (even obscene) trademarks

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Watch out for the Creative Commons catch

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Speedier service or biased browsing?

The Journal Record |

Is the internet neutral and does it really matter?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

So big they failed… How trademarks become generic

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Saving grace

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

The importance of intellectual property notices

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Scandalous and immoral (trademarks)

The Journal Record |

Don’t be duped by the trademark solicitation

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Free speech legal battle changes law on disparaging trademarks

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

New U.S. Supreme Court decision changes venue rules in patent cases

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Avoiding contractual pitfalls and ‘gotchas’

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

New trademark rules streamline trial process

The Journal Record |

UDRP: An alternative to traditional litigation

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Office pool madness

The Journal Record |

Don’t bet the farm on March (legal) Madness

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Strategies for avoiding unnecessary litigation expenses

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Craft brewery startups: Early stage IP considerations

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Fake goods pose real risks when shopping online

The Journal Record |

IP holding companies offer potential added protection benefits

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Sponsorship Agreements:
Creating a win-win for businesses and advertisers

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

I accept!

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Realizing Value from Intellectual Property

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Bankruptcy Pitfalls: How an infringer’s bankruptcy could impact your IP rights

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DTSA opens federal courthouse doors

The Journal Record |

Patent portfolios as offensive and defensive powerhouses

McAfee & Taft TIPsheet |

Defend Trade Secrets Act requires immediate review of confidentiality agreements with employees and contractors

McAfee & Taft TIPsheet Alert and McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Implications for business, employers and employees

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet and McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Farm Data: Do you know who owns it?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet and McAfee & Taft AgLINC Alert |

Cuban Trademark Protection: Is now the time?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Graceful exits

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Protecting Your Trademarks: Conducting an annual trademark portfolio review

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Regular audits of technology license agreements may reduce your patent royalty payments

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Changes to Federal Rules to affect patent infringement pleadings

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Avoiding the risks associated with ambiguous marketing claims

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Why design patents deserve another look

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Ambiguity poses risks

The Journal Record |

Common IP pitfalls every business can avoid

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Beefing up border security

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Is the “gaping hole” closing?

McAfee & Taft tIPSheet Alert |

The gaping hole of patent infringement liability

McAfee & Taft tIPSheet Alert |

[Your Brand].Sucks

McAfee & Taft tIPSheet Alert |

The PCT Process — flexible, cost-effective and efficient

McAfee & Taft tIPSheet Alert |

New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

McAfee & Taft tIPSheet Alert |

New ‘.bank’ domain available in mid-2015

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Kitchen Espionage

The Journal Record |

The spy who came in from the kitchen…

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Product labeling requirements aren’t all black and white

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Browsewrap or Clickwrap: Choose wisely

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

For goodness sake!

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Protecting your intangible assets

The Journal Record |

‘Naturally’ confusing

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Trade secrets vs. patents

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Down the rabbit hole: Alice case chases the elusive white rabbit of patent reform

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Copyright myths and legends

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

It all ads up

The Journal Record |

Legal risks on the rise for businesses that auto‑dial, text

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Copyright myths and legends

The Journal Record |

Buying or selling a business? Handle your IP assets with care

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

SHARE this photo if you want a lawsuit

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Big or small, the loss of gene patents may affect us all

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Short attention spans

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

It’s not easy saying you’re green

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Check before you pin

The Journal Record |

Picture policies

The Journal Record |

Keys to ensuring the secrecy of trade secrets

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Monitoring employees’ use of company trademarks in social media

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

FTC amends Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Is your trade secret safe with me?

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Common sense trade secret protection

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Concerns over copyright infringement drive Google to change search algorithms

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation to impact electronic marketing and communications

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

House bill takes aim against patent trolls, frivolous lawsuits

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Political animals

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Easy paths to profit loss

The Journal Record |

Unlicensed products: A not-so-golden opportunity

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Seller beware: In-app purchases by minors may constitute unique, voidable contracts

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Internet expansion to create opportunities, concerns for brand owners

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Spam, spam, wonderful spam

The Journal Record |

Don’t be fooled: Spotting the scams

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Pirates of the Internet: Infringer Tides

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Control Freaks

The Journal Record |

Using trademarks as advertising keywords

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Making your mark

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Business methods remain eligible for patent protection following U.S. Supreme Court decision

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Federal judge says no to patents on cancer genes

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet Alert |

Preparing Invention Disclosures

Chemical Engineering Progress |

Got to be real

The Journal Record |

Picture this

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

January 2010 Intellectual Property Law Update

McAfee & Taft Intellectual Property Update |

Expensive pitfalls of online endorsement and testimonial advertising

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Name calling: Using someone else’s trademark

The Journal Record |

Handling the competition of a departing employee

The Journal Record |

I think my company has created a solid invention. Now what?

The Journal Record |

What’s In A Username?

McAfee & Taft Intellectual Property Law Alert |

Confidential Information: Losing more than just an employee

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

When a picture’s worth a thousand…dollars

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Copyright law and employee derivative works

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Trick or Treat? The Federal Circuit Court restricts protection of business method patents

McAfee & Taft Intellectual Property Law Alert |

Top Ten Trademark Tips for Every Business

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Standard for Design Patent Infringement Changed

McAfee & Taft Intellectual Property Law Alert |

Intellectual property litigation insurance

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |

Protecting your intellectual property with litigation insurance

McAfee & Taft Agricultural Law Update |

‘May I see your license and registration?’

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet |
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At The Podium

Copyright, Patronage, and Courtesy in Modern Literature

Tulsa College of Law CLE Lecture
Tulsa, OK | September 14, 2018

Intellectual Property in Communications

IABC Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK | August 2, 2018

Invasion of the Data Snatchers

Healthcare Headlines Seminar
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Invasion of the Data Snatchers

Healthcare Headlines Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

Trade Secrets: Strategies for identifying, protecting and enforcing intellectual property

2016 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 8, 2016

Intellectual Property Is Relevant To Every Business

Tulsa County Bar Association CLE Seminar
Tulsa, OK | December 16, 2014

IP Strategies: Practical Applications

2014 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 4, 2014

IP Update: Trademark Registration Benefits

The Knowledge Group
Online | October 31, 2014

‘Social’ Security — Protecting your company from the hidden pitfalls of social media

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | August 5, 2014

Sweepstakes, Contests and Not Gambling

2013 Intellectual Property Law Seminar and Mid-year Meeting of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association
Dallas, Texas | July 9, 2013

Intellectual Property Overview

OSU-IEEE Student Branch
Stillwater, Oklahoma | September 5, 2012
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In The News

State business owners offered no federal trademark protection on marijuana brands

The Oklahoman | August 8, 2018

Copyright authority Robert Spoo joins McAfee & Taft

February 26, 2018

Bill Hall, Erin Van Laanen honored with Lexology 2018 Client Choice Award

February 8, 2018

Beware of scams involving trademark renewal solicitations

The Oklahoman | August 24, 2017

Supreme Court decision changes venue rules in patent cases

The Oklahoman | June 1, 2017

Rachel Blue inducted into TU Law Hall of Fame

May 16, 2017

March Madness marketing can risk trademark infringement

The Oklahoman | March 14, 2017

Craft brewery startups need trademarks, other cautions to prevent exploitation

The Oklahoman | January 11, 2017

One size doesn’t fit all for online terms of service

The Oklahoman | November 30, 2016

Advertiser, sponsor agreements necessary for business associations

The Oklahoman | November 17, 2016

Certified paralegal Keli Ewing joins McAfee & Taft

August 29, 2016

Plan exit interviews for workers privy to proprietary information

The Oklahoman | March 15, 2016

McAfee & Taft adds intellectual property paralegal Allyson Crow

November 12, 2015

Correspondence deadline nears on new FDA menu labeling rule

The Oklahoman | October 23, 2015

Big bucks in biotech: Chinese firm’s $206M purchase of Cytovance shows opportunity in industry

The Journal Record | August 26, 2015

Patent owners may create risks with cease‑and‑desist letters

The Oklahoman | September 26, 2014

Ads promoting charity donations fall under local, federal rules

The Oklahoman | July 22, 2014

Proposed Innovation Act would target abuse of patent litigation

The Oklahoman | November 15, 2013

State Question 766 discussed

The Oklahoman | October 25, 2012

Patent attorney Ryan Cross joins McAfee & Taft

November 29, 2011

Patent attorneys Mike LaBrie and Matt Gibson interviewed on likely impact of proposed Patent Reform Act of 2011

The Journal Record | May 24, 2011

Customer lists, business records added to trade secrets statute

The Oklahoman | November 25, 2009

State making strides

The Journal Record | October 27, 2009

Cardiologist’s IP suit v. Medtronic gets go-ahead

Law360 | May 26, 2009

Local patent dispute gains national attention

Law360 | May 20, 2009

Veteran Intellectual Property Attorney Rachel Blue Joins McAfee & Taft

February 4, 2009

John Kenney Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

October 2, 2008

Paralegal Nancy Marshall Joins McAfee & Taft

August 21, 2008

Tony Rahhal quoted in Oklahoman feature on patent attorneys

The Oklahoman | March 2, 2008

Patent case ends with $1.54 million judgment

The Oklahoman | October 3, 2007

Patently ‘obvious’: attorneys unravel KSR v. Teleflex

The Journal Record | May 10, 2007

Jury rules for cardiologist

The Journal Record | June 7, 2006

McAfee & Taft to Host ABA Roundtable on Fair Use of Satire

May 12, 2006

McAfee & Taft to Host Roundtable on ‘Trademark Fair Use’

January 12, 2005
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