Colin strives to protect his clients’ brands and ideas and to defend against claims of infringement in a strategic, cost-effective, and efficient manner.

Overview

An experienced registered patent attorney and litigator, Colin focuses his practice in intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution and enforcement, and patent preparation and prosecution.

Colin has considerable experience representing clients in patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement litigation. He also has significant experience in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. His experience in handling all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts is extensive. At the beginning of his legal career, his practice focused exclusively on the defense of clients in general civil litigation matters. He draws upon this invaluable experience in his representation of clients in intellectual property disputes. One of his strengths is effectively managing the numerous moving parts associated with complex litigation.

Colin also works with clients in protecting their brands through cease and desist letter campaigns and the preparation and submission of takedown notices to on-line retailers and social media websites.  He also provides trademark clearance opinions for marks used in connection with a wide variety of goods and services.

With a chemical engineering background, Colin is well suited for working with inventors in a variety of technological areas—including in the fields of industrial-scale chemical and oil manufacturing—to prepare and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent applications. He also helps clients to evaluate whether their products and/or processes pose any risk of patent infringement.

Experience

Colin served as lead counsel in an IPR proceeding on behalf of the petitioners and obtained a ruling from the PTAB that there was a reasonable likelihood that all challenged claims would be shown invalid (Featured on Law360). A settlement was reached shortly thereafter and the proceeding was terminated. The Kroger Co., MGPI Processing, Inc., and MGP Ingredients, Inc. v. Healthy Fiber, LLC, IPR No. 2018-00824

Colin manages the trademark enforcement program for a major sporting goods company in order to protect well-known brands. 

Colin obtained a $2.7 million verdict of patent infringement that the court increased by an additional 50 percent due to the jury's finding of willful infringement. Cobalt Boats, LLC v. Sea Ray Boats, Inc., and Brunswick Corp., Eastern District of Virginia, 2017

Colin successfully defended the patent owner against challenges to the validity of claims of the patent. Brunswick Corp. & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. v. Cobalt Boats, LLC, IPR No. 2015-01060 (P.T.A.B.)

Colin represented a famous restaurant brand in federal court in a trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement suit brought against another restaurant operator and obtained a settlement.

Colin has successfully represented multiple defendants in patent lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities.  In one recent case, Colin obtained a favorable settlement for a well-known chemical company.  

Colin defended a music publisher in a lawsuit against claims of trademark and copyright infringement and obtained a settlement, part of which included the entry of judgment in favor of his client as to its related counterclaims.

Colin defended a national online retailer in a lawsuit against claims of copyright and trademark infringement and obtained a settlement.

Colin first-chaired the defense of a personal injury lawsuit that resulted in a defense verdict in favor of his client.

Colin has prepared and prosecuted patents in technology areas such as chemical separation processes, catalytically enhanced reactions, oil-field chemicals, pharmaceuticals (veterinary medication and cancer-therapy drug precursors), small molecules, implantable drug delivery systems, polymers, cryogenics and cryogenic devices, medical devices and mechanical devices.

Colin reviews case files for the Midwest Innocence Project in an effort to help prove the innocence of the wrongly accused.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

"Rising Star," Super Lawyers® Mid-South, 2012-2013

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2014
  • Tennessee, 2009 (Inactive)
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2009

  • UALR Law Review, Associate Notes Editor

University of Arkansas, B.S., Chemical Engineering, cum laude with distinction, 2005

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