Charlie helps businesses and individuals identify, protect and exploit their intellectual property assets.
With years of experience in the fields of trademark and copyright law, Charlie assists businesses (including many brand owners with international trademark portfolios) with the selection, screening, registration, licensing and enforcement of marks and other work product. Due to his familiarity with both intellectual property and business law, he often serves in an outside general counsel role to companies that rely on intellectual property for their competitive advantage.
Charlie’s practice goes beyond the basics of registering and protecting intellectual property assets; he also advises clients as they develop and implement new intellectual property, helping them avoid or resolve unintentional conflicts. For instance, he represents a number of marketing and advertising firms and helps them navigate the complex relationships involved in developing intellectual property for their clients and for themselves, as well as obtaining rights to use existing content in their work. Similarly, he has advised a wide variety of content publishers and producers, including software developers, writers, photographers and musicians. His work for these clients frequently involves drafting and negotiating contracts, such as license and distribution agreements, joint marketing agreements and supply agreements, as well as counseling clients about transactions involving their work product.
Charlie is a frequent guest lecturer on intellectual property topics at the University of Maine Law School and for Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where Charlie has contributed many hours of pro bono service to members of the arts community.
When not involved in intellectual property pursuits, he divides his community activities between Stepping Stones, a social services agency based in South Portland, and the North Yarmouth Historical Society.