Marcus S. Harris, Partner

Marcus has established one of the country’s leading practices devoted to drafting and negotiating Enterprise Software related license, implementation and SaaS agreements, as well as litigating failed software implementations in courts and before arbitration panels across the country.

He is one of the foremost attorneys in the country representing government entities, distributors and manufacturers in recovering damages arising out of failed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementations. As a former in-house attorney at some of the largest software companies in the world, Marcus understands software vendor tactics and is able to leverage his ERP industry knowledge to advocate on behalf of his clients. He frequently speaks on emerging technology related issues and is interviewed regularly by the media.

 

Paul D. McGrady, Partner

Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group working with large brands in the United States and around the world on the adoption, licensing, prosecution and enforcement of trademarks. He enjoys a global reputation in matters related to domain name disputes, domain name transactions, the creation of top-level domain names, and advising brand-friendly ICANN Contracted Parties. Paul served a critical role in strategy and negotiations related to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s adoption of “Specification 13,” in which ICANN recognized the unique role and responsibilities of brand registries.

Paul has successfully handled more than 500 proceedings under the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP). He has also handled multiple litigations brought under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and successful actions under foreign domain name dispute policies.

Paul also has broad experience in online copyright and brand identity disputes and transactions as well as counseling related to intellectual property aspects of social and mobile media.

 

Daniel R. Saeedi, Partner

Daniel focuses his practice on issues relating to employment law and unfair competition. He represents clients nationwide in the realm of trade secret theft, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and breaches of fiduciary duties. Daniel also provides counseling to business on how to employ best practices and policies to better position themselves to litigate unfair competition claims. In addition, he helps companies conduct complex internal investigations regarding intellectual property theft, computer fraud and data privacy issues. He also litigates unfair competition claims in federal and state courts around the country.

Daniel is experienced in matters under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Lanham Act, various state trade secret laws, legal standards regarding non-competes, and prosecution of common law tort claims related to unfair competition. These important issues involve complex questions regarding information technology and industry norms. Daniel has assisted clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, logistics, information technology and software design, marketing, health and medical devices, food, entertainment, and retail.

 

William C. Wagner, Partner

Bill is an accomplished trial lawyer focused on complex commercial litigation (including government contracts, insurance recovery, and privacy and data security), environmental litigation, and white collar criminal defense. His clients include manufacturers, defense contractors, and financial, professional services, and technology companies.

He has earned some of the highest certifications in privacy, data security, and insurance, including the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and Government (CIPP/G) designations and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. As a regular contributor to Taft’s Privacy and Data Security Insights blog, he writes on matters pertaining to cyber security best practices, defense of class actions and government investigations, and cyber insurance.

 

Amanda H. Wilcox, Partner

Amanda focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, helping to protect the trademarks and other IP rights of her clients. Amanda manages the IP components relating to mergers and acquisitions, including the negotiation of intellectual property purchases and licenses, technology transfer, transactional due diligence, post-closing design and support services. She also negotiates and prepares agreements for settlements, licenses, assignments, joint ventures, non-solicitations, confidentiality and non-disclosures, software licenses and support, as well as agreements for IT projects, website terms and conditions, and trademark consent and co-existence arrangements.

 

Lamis G. Eli, Associate

Lamis’s practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution and litigation, with a particular concentration on trademark, utility patents and copyright matters. She works directly with clients to learn their business goals and provide innovative, cost-effective resolutions, counseling them through every step to provide customized intellectual property strategies to protect their most valuable resources.

Lamis provides trademark, patent and entertainment law services, advising clients on an array of intellectual property matters including marketing ideas, developing non-infringing slogans in multiple languages, negotiating investor and distribution agreements and drafting licensing and story rights contracts. She also has extensive experience leading patent prior art searches and preparing patent non-infringement and invalidity opinions and trademark non-infringement opinions. Her clinical research experience in genetics and biotechnology has served her well in understanding and developing complex alternative causation defenses throughout her legal career. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Mike Etienne, Associate

Mike is an associate in Taft’s Intellectual Property practice group, with experience preparing Patents and Trademarks for a variety of local and national clients. Mike focuses his practice on obtaining patents in agricultural/industrial machinery, medical device, and other mechanical technology areas. He also has experience providing patent validity and infringement opinions to clients, as well as advice on how to leverage clients’ existing intellectual property.

With a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and professional experience as a field engineer with Baker Hughes Oil and Gas, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in mechanical and technology-based patent work.

Prior to joining Taft, Mike was an attorney at a national business law firm in Indianapolis, where he helped clients in matters involving U.S. patent law, international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, and foreign patent applications.

 

Lindsey Rothrock, Associate

Lindsey assists clients in protecting their brands, creative works, and proprietary information. She provides guidance to clients regarding brand development, clearance, registration, and maintenance for national and international portfolios.

Lindsey also regularly advises and assists clients regarding trademark and copyright infringement and enforcement issues including preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, representing and defending clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and negotiating consent-to-use and co-existence agreements.

In addition, Lindsey counsels clients with regard to general operations and commercial strategy as they relate to Intellectual Property concerns, including negotiating licensing agreements, asset purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, and assignments. She counsels clients regarding e-commerce matters and domain name selection, acquisition, transfer and disputes.