Eric P. Stevens

Partner
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Eric focuses his practice on intellectual property law and litigation. He works with large and small companies to identify and protect their crucial intellectual property assets, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer software, and internet websites and domain names. He prosecutes trademark registration applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and handles opposition and cancelation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO. He assists clients in negotiating technology transactions such as software license agreements, software as a service agreements, agreements for the development of software and mobile applications, and agreements for the sale or licensing of trademarks, copyrights, patented inventions, trade secrets, and proprietary and open source software. He counsels clients regarding rights of privacy and publicity, internet law, trade secrets, and intellectual property aspects of entertainment law. During more than fifteen years of intellectual property litigation experience, Eric has represented clients in intellectual property disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement, domain name piracy, software licensing, trade secret theft, violations of publicity and privacy rights, and false advertising.

Representative Experience

Represent trucking company in lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina for alleged trademark infringement.  Plaintiff moving company seeks seven figure damages award resulting from client's use of phrase in advertising copy that is allegedly similar to the plaintiff's business name. 

Represent boat manufacturer in opposition and cancellation proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  The Opposer alleges that client's trademarks for its boats are confusingly similar to the Opposer's marks used for jet aircraft. 

Building Graphics v. Lennar and Drafting & Design (U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina)(2013) -- Represented home design firm accused of infringing the plaintiff architectural firms' copyright in home plans in a lawsuit that took place in the Western District of North Carolina.  The Court granted summary judgment in favor of our client and held that the plaintiff had not presented sufficient evidence that our client had access to or copied the plaintiff's plans.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling in a published opinion.

Carolina Food Sales v. Xpient Software Solutions and POS Technology, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2012) -- Represented restaurant franchise in lawsuit against vendor and reseller of defective point-of-sale software system.

Golden Corral Corp. et. al v. CTD-3B, L.L.C. et. al (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2003) - Represented Golden Corral restaurant franchisor in suit against franchisee for breach of contract and service mark infringement for continuing to use well-known service marks without authorization after termination of the franchise agreement.

Static Control Components, Inc. v. Future Graphics, LLC (U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina)(2004) - Represented Future Graphics in dispute concerning whether Static Control Components engaged in false advertising and business libel by issuing a publication that allegedly disparaged a product marketed by Future Graphics.

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