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Law firm launches  intellectual property group.

Henderson, Franklin has seven attorneys in the group.

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Courtesy. Intellectual property attorney Mark Nieds will chair Henderson Franklin's  Intellectual property  group.
Courtesy. Intellectual property attorney Mark Nieds will chair Henderson Franklin's Intellectual property group.
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FORT MYERS — Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, one of the largest Southwest Florida-based law firms, has launched an intellectual property group.

Intellectual property attorney Mark Nieds will chair the group, comprised of attorneys who have handled copyright, U.S. and foreign trademark and patent litigation, trade secret, unfair competition and counterfeiting matters, among other IP-related cases. Nieds has been with the firm for five years.

The IP Group will advise clients on matters relating to the identification, protection, enforcement, and monetization of IP assets including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets, according to a statement. Attorneys in the group will also help clients understand the sources of IP in their operations and assist in establishing programs to protect those assets.

The firm’s IP Group includes registered patent Attorney Luca Hickman; business litigation attorneys Douglas Szabo and Carlos Kelly; business & tax attorneys Erin Houck-Toll and Sara Qureshi; and tort and  insurance litigation attorney Michael Corso. The group’s client base ranges from individuals, engineers and inventors to closely-held businesses and large corporations in the construction, finance, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, marketing, media and entertainment and pharmaceutical industries, the release states.

“Protecting a company’s intellectual property is crucial to its success,” Nieds says in the statement. "Whether that takes the form of establishing ownership of social media contacts, managing a data breach, securing a federal copyright registration or prosecuting a trade secret case, we’re excited to be able to offer a full array of IP services to our clients.”

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami, with nearly 60 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. It has offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples.



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