Mr. Baldridge advises a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses, start-ups and individuals, and helps his clients obtain and maintain their competitive advantages in the marketplace through intellectual property procurement and through litigation. Mr. Baldridge also counsels clients on how to avoid infringement of the intellectual property rights of others and defends clients in intellectual property cases across the United States. Mr. Baldridge has been involved in extensive patent and copyright licensing disputes. Mr. Baldridge has drafted and negotiated numerous license agreements for copyrights, patents and trademarks. Mr. Baldridge also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating technology agreements.
Mr. Baldridge helps his clients obtain trademark registrations from the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as prosecuting infringers and defending accused clients in trademark and unfair competition litigation. Additionally, he helps clients implement corporate procedures and policies to protect proprietary and trade secret information from use by unauthorized persons and to avoid inadvertent disclosure. Mr. Baldridge represents clients in trade secret disputes arising from theft of trade secret and proprietary information.
Mr. Baldridge helps clients protect their creative works through copyright registrations obtained from the United States Copyright Office and through litigation. He also helps clients facilitate and pursue business opportunities related to their creative works. In addition to advising clients on entertainment law, Mr. Baldridge is involved in the music recording stratum and spends time on a regular basis in recording studios writing songs and providing engineering, production and legal assistance.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baldridge was a judicial clerk for the Honorable J. Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
· Successfully defeated preliminary injunction motion and resolved case in client's favor involving claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation involving electronic artwork and computer programs.
· Successfully represented multi-national corporation in complex copyright dispute brought by actor involving actor’s performance in print advertisements, radio spots, and television commercials used in large scale advertising campaign.
· Successfully defended patent infringement suit against client which resulted in patentee surrendering patent rights through formal disclaimer.
· Successfully negotiated dispute of multiple patents through complex licensing agreement.
· Successfully represented client in large dispute involving copyright infringement claims for photographs sold on eBay.
· Prosecuted patent infringement case in the '>United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and obtained permanent injunction against defendant prohibiting further competition in the marketplace.
· Represented inventors in complex patent infringement case in which the court ruled in the client’s favor on the ultimate question of patent infringement and on the dispositive issue of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b).
· Obtained summary judgment in client's favour defeating allegation that client's design patents were invalid as functional and obtained summary judgment disposing of infringer's defenses of implied license and alleged tying arrangement.
· Represented client and performed extensive due diligence in the acquisition of large patent and trademark portfolios.
· Advised client in negotiation and purchase of large trademark portfolio from competitor. · Helped client obtain preliminary injunctions in two patent infringement actions in the '>United States District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee.
· Member of trial team in trade secret misappropriation case which resulted in a month-long jury trial, a successful jury verdict awarding multi-million dollar award of compensatory damages, and a finding of willful and malicious misappropriation leading to award of attorney’s fees and exemplary damages.
· Advised recording artists and songwriters regarding entertainment/music industry agreements and protection of intellectual property, including negotiation of publishing agreements, 360 deals, drafting and negotiating synchronization licenses for use of songs in films, drafting recording agreements for Grammy® Award winning artists, and counseling artists on obtaining commercial success.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
· Author - "Venue Considerations for Patent Infringement Cases," Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits, part of the Inside the Minds Series, Aspatore Books (publication expected January 2013)
· Editorial Board – Intellectual Property Magazine, Landslide, a publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2009 – present)
· Speaker - "Managing the Company Brand," Baker Donelson's Breakfast Briefing Series (September 27, 2012)
· Speaker – "Expert Witnesses in Intellectual Property Cases," U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee hosting delegation of Bosnian Judges (May 24, 2011)
· Adjunct Professor – University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Legal Methods (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
· Author – “One size doesn’t fit all for intellectual property protections” published in the Commercial Appeal (Sunday, May 24, 2009)
· Speaker – “Intellectual Property Law,” Baker Donelson's CLE telecast (May 22, 2009)
· Speaker – “Intellectual Property Law Essentials” for the University of Mississippi (December 8, 2008)
· Speaker – “The Overview of Copyright Law," National Business Institute's 'Intellectual Property Law Update (December 18, 2007)
· Speaker – “The § 102(b) Limbo: How Low Does the Patent Bar Go?,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, Nashville, Tennessee (November 9, 2007)
· Co-author – “The Overview of Copyright Law,” National Business Institute's Intellectual Property Law Update (2007)
· Co-author – “Trademark Registration Procedure in the U.S. and Abroad,” National Business Institute's Intellectual Property Law Update (2007)
· United States Supreme Court
· United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
· United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit