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Adam S. Baldridge

Shareholder
Memphis
T: 901.577.2102
F: 901.577.0838

Adam Baldridge, a shareholder in the Firm's Memphis office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and is chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group.

Featured Experience

Successfully defeated preliminary injunction motion and resolved case in client's favor involving claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation involving electronic artwork and computer programs.

Successfully defended high stakes trade secret misappropriation case involving medical procedures, customer lists and preferences and software programs.

Successfully prosecuted large trade secret misappropriation case resulting from failed business acquisition and violations of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Baldridge concentrates his practice in intellectual property and technology litigation. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property Litigation, Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law. He has extensive experience in copyright, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, patent, unfair competition and right-of-publicity cases.

Mr. Baldridge represents clients before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He represents clients on a regular basis before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as the United States Copyright Office. Mr. Baldridge is currently the vice chair of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section's Copyright Litigation Committee.

Mr. Baldridge advises a wide variety of clients, including publicly traded companies as well as small businesses, start-ups and individuals, and helps his clients obtain and maintain their competitive advantages in the marketplace through intellectual property procurement and through litigation. Mr. Baldridge also counsels clients on how to avoid infringement of the intellectual property rights of others and defends clients in intellectual property cases across the United States. Mr. Baldridge has been involved in extensive patent and copyright licensing disputes. He has drafted and negotiated numerous license agreements for copyrights, trade secrets, patents and trademarks. Mr. Baldridge also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating technology agreements. 

Mr. Baldridge helps his clients obtain trademark registrations from the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as prosecutes infringers and defends accused clients in trademark, trade dress and unfair competition litigation.

Additionally, he helps clients implement corporate procedures and policies to protect proprietary and trade secret information from use by unauthorized persons and to avoid inadvertent disclosure. He frequently provides training for his clients and their employees on how to properly handle trade secrets of the company. Mr. Baldridge represents clients in trade secret disputes arising from theft of trade secret and proprietary information. Mr. Baldridge frequently advises clients regarding non-disclosure and confidentiality obligations and agreements, helping his clients protect intangible assets as well as developing creative solutions for clients on how to avoid breaching non-disclosure obligations.

Mr. Baldridge helps clients protect their creative works through copyright registrations obtained from the United States Copyright Office and through litigation. He also helps clients facilitate and pursue business opportunities related to their creative works.

In addition to advising clients on entertainment law, Mr. Baldridge is involved in the music recording stratum and spends time on a regular basis in recording studios writing songs and providing engineering, production and legal assistance.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baldridge was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judge J. Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Representative Matters
  • Trade Secrets

  • Successfully defeated preliminary injunction motion and resolved case in client's favor involving claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation involving electronic artwork and computer programs.

  • Successfully defended high stakes trade secret misappropriation case involving medical procedures, customer lists and preferences and software programs.

  • Successfully prosecuted large trade secret misappropriation case resulting from failed business acquisition and violations of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.

  • Represented client in a trade secret misappropriation case involving software and algorithms trade secrets which resulted in a month-long jury trial, a successful jury verdict awarding significant compensatory damages award, and a finding of willful and malicious misappropriation leading to an award of attorney's fees and exemplary damages.

  • Successfully defended trade secret case in Southern District of Florida involving Bluetooth® technology due to novel argument based on the intersection of Florida statutory law regarding restrictive covenants and Florida trade secret law.

  • Frequently provide training to clients on best practices for protecting and maintaining a client's trade secrets

  • Trademark & Copyright

  • Acts as outside intellectual property counsel to and has extensive experience advising clients in the garment, fashion and wearable technology industries.

  • Successfully represented multi-national corporation in complex copyright dispute brought by actor involving actor’s performance in print advertisements, radio spots and television commercials used in large scale advertising campaign.

  • Manage and enforce large international trademark portfolios for celebrities and clients in the fashion industry.

  • Successfully represented client in large dispute involving copyright infringement claims for photographs sold on eBay.

  • Represented client and performed extensive due diligence in the acquisition of large patent and trademark portfolios.

  • Successfully defended against claims of trade dress infringement and trademark infringement directed to consumer product labels.

  • Manage and enforce large trademark portfolios for multiple health care providers.

  • Outside IP counsel for multiple consumer good manufacturers and resellers.

  • Trademark and copyright counsel for clients in the agriculture-chemical industry.

  • Advised client in negotiation and purchase of large trademark portfolio from competitor.

  • Outside trademark counsel for multiple clients in the restaurant services industry and food preparation industry, including providing brand advice and strategy for growth.

  • Outside intellectual property and technology counsel to software providers in the diagnostic and orthopedic industries.

  • Advised recording artists and songwriters regarding entertainment/music industry agreements and protection of intellectual property, including negotiation of publishing agreements, 360 deals, drafting and negotiating synchronization licenses for use of songs in films, drafting recording agreements for Grammy® Award winning artists and counseling artists on obtaining commercial success.

  • Patent

  • Successfully defended patent infringement suit against client which resulted in patentee surrendering patent rights through formal disclaimer.

  • Prosecuted patent infringement case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and obtained permanent injunction against defendant prohibiting further competition in the marketplace.
  • Represented inventors in complex patent infringement case in which the court ruled in the client's favor on the ultimate question of patent infringement and on the dispositive issue of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b).
  • Obtained summary judgment in client's favour defeating allegation that client's design patents were invalid as functional and obtained summary judgment disposing of infringer's defenses of implied license and alleged tying arrangement.
  • Helped client obtain preliminary injunctions in two patent infringement actions in the United States District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Successfully negotiated dispute of multiple patents through complex licensing agreement.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property Litigation, Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law (2011 – 2019)
  • Vice Chair – Copyright Litigation Committee, American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law (2015 – present)
  • Editorial Board – Intellectual Property Magazine, Landslide®, a publication of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law (2009 – present)
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star – Intellectual Property Litigation, Mid-South Super Lawyers (2009, 2011 – 2018) 
  • Named a 2013 "Mid-South Power Player" in Entertainment Law, Memphis Business Quarterly (now Inside Memphis Business)
  • Member – American Bar Association (ABA): Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member – American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA); Tennessee Bar Association (TBA); Memphis Bar Association (MBA) 
  • Member – International Songwriters' Association
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar – Columbia University School of Law
  • Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Executive Editor
  • Member – Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Member – Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity
  • Judicial clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge J. Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Legal Issues Confronting Inside Counsel" (October 2017)
  • "Recent Developments in Patent Litigation" (October 2017)
  • "Defend Trade Secrets Act" (June 2016)
  • "Defend Trade Secrets Act," ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Roundtable Series (May 2016)
  • "What Songwriters Need To Know About Intellectual Property," The Greater Memphis Songwriter's Guild (2015)
  • Speaker and Panelist – Intellectual Property Panel for Life Science Tennessee Annual Conference & Venture Forum (2015)
  • Speaker and Panelist – "Non-Practicing Entities and Patent Reform," the Honorable Jon P. McCalla moderating (November 2014)
  • "Expert Witnesses in Intellectual Property Cases," U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Honorable Bernice Donald, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, hosting delegation of Bosnian Judges (May 2011)

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