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Sean Fifield is the Chair of the Trademark, Copyright and Branding section at Locke Lord. His practice focuses on intellectual property protection and licensing, and general business contracts and financing, and merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Fifield is a member of the firm’s Business Technology, Intellectual Property and Merger and Acquisitions practice groups.
Mr. Fifield regularly handles matters involving the protection and licensing of copyrights, trademarks, trade secret and related intellectual property rights. He is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of patent licenses, trademark licenses, trade dress licenses, software licenses, Internet service, hosting and linking agreements, and other agreements governing a wide range of intellectual property rights. Mr. Fifield also has experience in reviewing Web sites for intellectual property, privacy and a variety of other Internet and e-business legal issues.
Mr. Fifield regularly advises and assists clients with their selection, screening, registration and protection of trademarks in a wide variety of industries, including specialty minerals, consumer food products, specialty chemicals, banking, insurance and other financial services, hospitality products, restaurant services, specialty apparel, video games and entertainment. He regularly reviews and analyzes trademark search reports to screen new trademarks for infringement and prepares trademark applications on behalf of clients, both in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions though the Madrid Protocol international treaty process (or by supervising and coordinating local trademark counsel).
Mr. Fifield also assists clients in the publishing, entertainment, financial services, software and other industries in the protection and licensing of their copyrights. He assists with the preparation of copyright applications and drafts license agreements covering subject matter as diverse as dramatic works to Internet websites.
In connection with assisting clients in the protection of their intellectual property, Mr. Fifield regularly prepares and responds to cease and desist letters involving infringement or allegations of infringement of trademarks, copyrights and patent rights.
Finally, a substantial portion of Mr. Fifield’s intellectual property practice involves the negotiation of information technology licenses and agreements, including application service provider arrangements, information management and outsourcing transactions. Mr. Fifield has prepared forms of licenses for the products of a number of software vendors. Mr. Fifield also regularly negotiates custom software licenses with software vendors on behalf of a wide variety of clients.
Mr. Fifield’s practice also involves merger and acquisition transactions and financing transactions, particularly transactions focused on the transfer of intellectual property assets or involving technical businesses. Mr. Fifield also regularly handles matters relating to corporate governance, antitrust regulation, consumer finance regulation, and the negotiation of a wide range of agreements, including consulting arrangements, sales contracts and distributorship agreements.
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