Trey’s legal practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus on litigation. He represents a wide range of clients, including large public entities, as well as multinational corporations. Trey also represent clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, having been involved in invalidating two of only the handful of design patents in an inter partes review proceeding. Trey’s other notable cases include:
- Represented a large juvenile products company in two separate patent infringement suits in the Northern District of Georgia.
- ChemFree Corporation v. J. Walter, Inc. (Federal Circuit) - represented Defendant Walter on appeal to the Federal Circuit in a patent infringement action involving bioremediating parts washers; obtained per curiam decision in Defendant’s favor.
- ChemFree Corporation v. J. Walter, Inc. (Northern District of Georgia) - represented Defendant Walter in a second patent infringement action brought by ChemFree involving bioremediating parts washers; obtained favorable settlement for Defendant.
- Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. (Northern District of Georgia) - represented Defendants in copyright case involving issues of electronic reserves and fair use in the non-profit educational context; obtained favorable decision for Defendants, including an award of attorneys' fees and costs (currently representing Defendants-Appellees on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit).
- Regent University v. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia et al. (Southern District of Georgia) - represented Defendants in trademark infringement action; obtained favorable settlement for Defendants.
Trey advises clients on U.S. and foreign design patent protection, as well as patent prosecution in the mechanical, medical device and engineering fields. Trey also assists clients in the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications and represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, having been involved in both cancellation and opposition proceedings.
Trey currently serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Trey received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was a Caruthers Fellow and was on the Dean's List every semester. He graduated third in his law school class and received the Scholar of Merit award for nine classes for having the highest grade in each class. Trey also served as the Managing Editor to - and his comment was published in - the Cumberland Law Review. Trey graduated, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and minors in Psychology and Engineering Management.
Prior to joining the firm, Trey was with the Atlanta office of King & Spalding LLP and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Karon O. Bowdre at the United States Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
- The U.S. Enters the International Design Frontier: The Ins and Outs of the Hague Agreement on Industrial Design, July 21, 2015.
Awards and Activities
- Cumberland School of Law:
- Dean’s Merit Scholarship
- The Cumberland Law Review
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
- Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow
- Vanderbilt University:
- Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
- Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society
- Vanderbilt Honor Council