Five attorneys from Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC are listed as a Georgia Super Lawyer or Rising Star for 2016. The selected attorneys from the firm are listed the area of Intellectual Property Litigation, further demonstrating Meunier Carlin & Curfman’s ability to handle litigation in all areas of IP. Tony Askew, John Harbin and Steve Schaetzel are listed as a Super Lawyer. Katie Bates and David Moreland are listed as Rising Stars.
The attorneys are nominated based on evaluation of several factors, including peer recognition, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, pro bono activity, positions with the bar, as well as other achievements. Inclusion on the list is limited to only 5% of the lawyers per jurisdiction.
Tony Askew, widely thought of as the “dean” of the patent bar in Atlanta, has more than 40 years of experience litigating patent, trademark and copyright cases across the U.S., including appearances before the United States Supreme Court and the United States International Trade Commission. He has served as the Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property matters since 1983.
John Harbin is a renowned trial attorney with three decades of experience in intellectual property and complex business cases, having tried more than 30 jury and bench trials in jurisdictions throughout the country, as well as at the ITC and in several arbitrations. John tries cases in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, aerospace technology, industrial equipment and processes, medical devices and biotechnology. He has litigated patent, trade secret, licensing, copyright and trademark/trade dress disputes.
Steve Schaetzel’s experience includes serving as counsel, including lead counsel, on more than 100 IP cases before both trial and appellate courts. Further, Steve has been involved in dozens of oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Steve has also served as lead counsel on many inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
David Moreland has an electrical engineering background and his practice focuses on litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent enforcement and defense. His successes include multiple favorable outcomes for clients in fields such as payment systems, business methods, semiconductors, computers, mobile devices and software. David is also well versed in IPR proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Katie Bates is well known in the Southeast for her expertise in defending and asserting the intellectual property rights of her clients. Katie’s ascending career began as a Law Clerk for former Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina of the 11th Circuit, followed by her continued representation of clients in copyright, patent and trade secret disputes in both trial court and in federal appeals. Additionally, she represents trademark clients in prosecution and infringement matters, as well as evaluation of intellectual property assets.