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David W. Carrithers

David W. Carrithers

Location:
Louisville, Kentucky
Phone:
502-452-1233
888-893-7710 (Toll Free)
Fax:
502-456-2242
Email:

J.D. in Law
M.S. in Chemical Engineering
B.S. in Biology/Chemistry

● Registered Patent Attorney specializing in patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright law, and unfair competition matters serving clients throughout the United States and in foreign countries.

● Served as In-house Intellectual Property Counsel reporting to General Counsel for The Valvoline Company in patent, trademark and licensing matters for over 17 years.

● Providing litigation services and serving as co-counsel for general practice trial attorneys in litigation concerning intellectual property matters.

 David Carrithers is a Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 Prior to the practice law, David worked for several years in the field of industrial chemical engineering.  His industrial career includes experience as a Process Development Engineer providing technical service to customers and technical support of manufacturing operations in the formulation, extrusion, and processing operation for the PVC, ABS, and CPIC plastics compounding operations of  B.F. Goodrich;  Production and  Research & Development Engineer for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons specializing in new product and process development of alcohol and distillery by-products, and beverages  in the wine, beer, spirits, nonalcoholic beverage  industry via  fermentation, distillation, freeze concentration, separation, filtration and ultra filtration, selective distillation and separation and flavor preservation processes for heat sensitive products, and  biochemical processes for the food and beverage industry; and Research and Development Engineer Rhone-Poulenc/Hi-Ten Polymers Group in water soluble polymer applications to the textile industry, paper industry, oil field fracture fluids ad specialty chemical applications.  Prior to establishment of Carrithers Law Office, David worked for several years helping to develop the intellectual property practice at Middletown and Reutlinger.  David started his law career at O'Donnell, Stutermann & Winger a law firm specializing in intellectual property.

 

KEY PROJECTS:

Conducted due diligence investigation and provided intellectual property support for Ashland Oil's acquisition and merger of BASF Corporation's antifreeze division and license of BASF AG's antifreeze products in North America.

Conducted due diligence investigation and provided intellectual property support for Ashland Inc.'s Valvoline's Division in its acquisition and merger of Eagle One's car care products.

Represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and unfair competition.

Represented clients in technology cases involving website design, development and copyright issues.

Filed and prosecuted several hundred patents and trademarks and represented petitioners and respondents in opposition and cancellation proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and through the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Serves as Corporate Intellectual Property Counsel for Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Inc.

RECENT LITIGATION:

Served as local counsel for successful representation of Potpourri Group Inc. vs. Bandana Co., Inc. represented by Seiller Waterman LLC - Judgment for Potpourri Group, Inc.;

Served as trademark counsel winning case for Applicant in  U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Opposition by Churchill Downs represented by Greenbaum Doll and McDonald - Judgement for Applicant.

Served as trademark counsel successfully defending Bourbon Country Products, Inc. against opposition by Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau for BOURBON COUNTRY mark.

Currently represent Sports Saddle, Inc against  Hilason Saddlery Inc.; Inc. in patent and trademark litigation.

Education

Juris Doctor Degree in Law - Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Master of Science Degree  in Chemical Engineering - University of Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry - Georgetown College

Publications and Presentations:

Trade Secrets and Remedies Copyright 1988 - Northern Kentucky University
Beverage Alcohol Production Copyright 1985 - Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
Mixed Culture Fermentations of Cellulose to Ethanol Copyright 1979 - University of Virginia

Current and Former Professional Associations and Memberships:

Kentucky Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Society of Plastic Engineers
Institute of Food Technologists
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Patent and Trademark Office Society Member
American Chemical Society

Awards and Honors
University of Virginia Sigma Xi Research Honorary
Who's Who in American Law Schools
Commerce Award
Journalism Award
Rotary Award

Admissions and Courts
Kentucky, 1989
Admitted to Practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, 1990
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1993
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1990

Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields 

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patents
  • Science & Technology Law
  • Trademarks

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1989
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1990

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D.
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • M.S.
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
    • B.S.
    • Major: Biology/Chemistry

Published Works

  • "Trade Secrets and Remedies", Northern Kentucky University, 1988
  • "Beverage Alcohol Production", Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., 1985
  • "Mixed Culture Fermentations of Cellulose to Ethanol", University of Virginia

Honors and Awards

  • University of Virginia Sigma Xi Research Honorary
  • Who's Who in American Law Schools
  • Commerce Award
  • Journalism Award
  • Rotary Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Society of Plastic Engineers
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Patent and Trademark Office Society, Member
  • American Chemical Society

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2950 Breckenridge Lane, Suite 10
Louisville, KY 40220
Phone, Louisville Area: 502-452-1233
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