Patricia Clotfelter, shareholder in the Birmingham office, concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property and mortgage services. She has extensive experience litigating in state and federal courts in a variety of jurisdictions in and outside of Alabama. Her experience includes representation of numerous clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent infringement disputes in fields as diverse as computer software development, data mining, industrial coatings, banking, advertising, big game hunting and restaurant operation. She has litigated in federal courts from Los Angeles, California, to Detroit Michigan, to Jacksonville, Florida.
In addition, Ms. Clotfelter taught trial skills as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law for many years and currently is active in helping to train Baker Donelson associates in the art of litigation. She is a frequent lecturer on litigation topics, including all aspects of intellectual property.
Recent Speaking Engagements & Publications
- "Going Viral Safely: How to Protect Intellectual Property on Social Media," Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama (August 2011)
- "Borrowing or Stealing? How to Avoid Running Afoul of the Fair Use Doctrine," Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama (August 2010)
- "The Life of a Song: From Melody to Master, the Legal Aspects of Songwriting," Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama (August 2009)
- "Trademark and Copyright Litigation Update," National Business Institute Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama (February 28, 2008)
- "Intellectual Property Disputes," Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz In-House seminar (March 17, 2008)
- "Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law," Lorman Education Services seminars in Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia (May, 2006)