Andy is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team where he counsels diverse clients in the manufacturing, agribusiness, alcohol and beverage, biotechnology and hospitality industries. In particular, he advises consumer product manufacturers, food and beverage companies and producers of various alcohol beverage products. Andy’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of intellectual property (IP), product liability defense and resolution of other litigation disputes.
As part of his IP practice Andy seeks to help clients secure, protect and enforce their varied IP assets. He advises on trademark clearance and helps clients protect their IP through restrictive covenants and prosecution of trademark and copyright applications. Through representing alcohol beverage clients, Andy has gained particular experience with various regulations issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, a significant portion of Andy’s practice focuses on the defense and enforcement of claims for trademark, patent and copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and dilution. Particularly, Andy works routinely on matters pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Andy has also spent significant time wearing his in-house counsel hat while serving as a seconded IP attorney for a brand-focused alcohol beverage company. In that role he counselled internal business clients on a variety of trademark, copyright, right of publicity, patent and other IP issues. He handled trademark clearance, prosecuted trademark and copyright applications, managed outside counsel on IP matters and drafted various IP-related agreements. As a result of this experience, Andy is uniquely qualified to provide cost-effective, practical and creative solutions aligned with clients’ long-term business objectives.