Franchise and Intellectual Property Attorney in Atlanta, GA
Brad Shipe helps his clients navigate their way through a variety of business-related issues by providing quality legal service and being mindful of how those issues relate to each client’s “big picture.” Brad focuses his practice on franchise and intellectual property law.
Brad represents both franchisors and franchisees throughout their relationship. In addition to preparing and updating Franchise Disclosure Documents, Brad negotiates franchise agreements and represents clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters. Brad also offers counsel on transfer, termination, and other relationship issues.
With respect to intellectual property issues, Brad has extensive experience in both trademark and patent law. Brad regularly assists clients in initial trademark clearance, preparing registration and renewal filings, responding to office action letters, negotiating and enforcing co-existence agreements, and prosecuting and defending both opposition and cancellation proceedings and infringement lawsuits. Brad is also a member of the Patent Bar and has prepared and prosecuted patent applications
- American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising and Intellectual Property Section);
- State Bar of Georgia (Franchise & Distribution Section);
- United States Patent & Trademark Office
- University of Georgia, J.D., 1996
- Tulane University, B.A., 1993
- Obtained favorable settlement in representation of national and international home-service franchisor which was pursuing claims for trademark and patent infringement and for breach of a franchise agreement against a former franchisee;
- Prepared acquisition documents for purchase of regional auto-related franchise brand;
- Negotiated and drafted commercial leases as part of acquisition of a well-known, quick-service franchise brand;
- Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of owner of multiple franchise units, leading to positive settlement in dispute with national fast food franchisor;
- Successfully defended against franchisor’s post-term injunctive claims, resulting in favorable purchase of multiple full-service restaurant units.