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Douglas J. Sorocco Named to 405 Business Magazine’s Inaugural Oklahoma City Metro Area Most Influential List
Posted Sep 21, 2023 at 13:36 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Shareholder and Director Douglas J. Sorocco was named to 405 Business Magazine’s list of the 250 most influential Oklahoma City metro area leaders. The listed individuals represent 10 different industry clusters as “some of the most influential executives and leaders in the area.” In its profile of Doug, the magazine quoted his response to “one thing to change to improve OKC?” He said, “We need a multi-innovator center where nonprofits, artists, innovators, creators and visionaries can build big things and try audacious plans. We are too spread out, all within our individual silos.” He also shared the advice that had most significantly affected his career, “One hand alone can’t clap…an Arab proverb that has always meant to me that nothing worth celebrating is ever truly done alone.”

In his legal practice, Doug represents clients in the areas of intellectual property, technology, licensing, life sciences, and patent law and is involved in litigation, counseling, and transactional work involving all aspects of intellectual property, including acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property, portfolio management, and licensing. He is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Dunlap Codding Directors Again Named IP Stars – Managing Intellectual Property
Posted Aug 24, 2023 at 16:49 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that directors Marc A. Brockhaus, Nicholas D. Rouse, and Douglas J. Sorocco have again been selected by Managing Intellectual Property as IP Stars. Brockhaus and Sorocco were selected as Patent Stars; Rouse was selected as a Patent and Trademark Star. The publication lists the firm as “highly recommended,” its top ranking.

Managing Intellectual Property is “the leading specialist guide to IP firms and practitioners worldwide. Managing IP has been researching and ranking firms since 1996. This research has expanded over the years, with more than 80 jurisdictions now covered, making it the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the industry.”

Nine Dunlap Codding Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024—Three Lawyers Selected as Ones to Watch
Posted Aug 17, 2023 at 15:33 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Marc A. Brockhaus, Emily E. Campbell, Ann M. Robl, Nicholas D. Rouse, Douglas J. Sorocco, and Evan W. Talley have again been selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024, the oldest and most respected peer–review publication in the legal profession. Shareholder Elizabeth L. Isaac was listed among Ones to Watch as were associates Jeremy McKinney and Andrew P. Piechocki.

Firm managing shareholder Nick Rouse said, “We continue to be proud to stand alongside competitor colleagues among the ranks of those listed in Best Lawyers. We continuously strive to help our clients create and protect robust and strategic intellectual property portfolios, and we are delighted to be recognized  for our achievements.”

Dunlap Codding attorneys were recognized in eight intellectual property-related areas of law: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Technology Law, Trade Secrets Law, and Trademark Law.

Marc A. Brockhaus was recognized for five areas: Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law, and Trade Secrets Laws. Marc leads Dunlap Codding’s Electrical Engineering & Systems group. His practice includes all areas of intellectual property, including technology, computer, and patent law, and extends to counseling, transactions, litigation, and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mark is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is also listed in Super Lawyers 2023 – Oklahoma and as a 2023 IP Star in Managing Intellectual Property. Marc served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Emily E. Campbell was recognized for Copyright Law and Trademark Law. Emily provides strategic counsel to clients on trademarks, copyrights, Internet law, and licensing. She is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Law. Attorney peers also selected her for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2023 – Oklahoma. Emily serves on the University of Oklahoma’s College of Engineering Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board. She received her J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. 

Ann M. Robl was selected for Patent Law and Trademark Law. Ann’s work on behalf of clients includes patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent post-grant proceedings, patentability analyses, prior art searching, opinion preparation, licensing, intellectual property agreement preparation and analysis, trademark protection, copyright protection, trade secret management, and intellectual property strategy and portfolio management. Ann’s areas of technical experience include mechanical devices and systems, optics, software-based and computer-based systems, and data transmission and networks. She was previously selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition. Ann received her J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, from Villanova University.

The publication recognized Nicholas D. Rouse for Patent Law, Technology Law, Trade Secrets Law, and Trademark Law. Nick has served as Dunlap Codding’s managing shareholder since 2007 while continuing an active practice.  In its inaugural coverage of intellectual property law in Oklahoma, the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Nick in the top band of leading practitioners, and he continues to be ranked in the top band. He is also listed as a 2023 IP Star in Managing Intellectual Propertyand was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2023 – Oklahoma. Nick provides a broad range of intellectual property counseling to clients ranging from individual inventors to large multinational manufacturing companies. Nick graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law

Douglas J. Sorocco was named the 2023 Oklahoma City “Lawyer of the Year –Technology Law.” In the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers, he was also recognizedfor six areas of practice: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Technology Law, and Trademark Law. Doug practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology, licensing, life sciences, and patent law and is involved in litigation, counseling, and transactional work involving all aspects of intellectual property, including acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property, portfolio management, and licensing. He is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is also listed in Super Lawyers 2023 – Oklahoma. In 2023, he was again selected as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. Doug received his J.D. from the University of Dayton and his B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University.

Evan W. Talley was recognized for Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Trade Secrets Law, and Trademark Law. Evan’s practice focuses on disputes concerning intellectual property rights (patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets, rights of publicity, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and artists’ and moral rights) and ranges from pre-litigation dispute resolution through trial and appeal. Evan was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition 2019 – 2023.  He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, with Distinction, and was an editor of the American Indian Law Review during law school. Evan received his B.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Business.

Barbara Krebs Yuill, Ph.D., was recognized for Patent Law. Barb’s practice also includes trademark, trade secrets, and copyright law. She counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property, focusing on patent drafting and prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinions, and license preparation and negotiation. Barb has prepared patent applications in the areas of nanoparticle manufacture, treatment and use; methods and compositions for removing planarization and etching residues during semiconductor device fabrication; chemical processing; metallurgical and ceramic materials and manufacture; oil field chemicals and drilling methods; environmental remediation technologies; and mechanical devices for the medical, veterinary and sporting goods industries. 

This year, for the fourth time, Best Lawyers selected lawyers with 10 or fewer years in practice as Ones to Watch, honoring three Dunlap Codding attorneys with that distinction.

Elizabeth E. Isaac was selected for Entertainment and Sports Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Technology Law. Elizabeth helps businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists assess and protect their inventions, brands, designs, and creative works to leverage their intellectual property portfolios and enhance their business options. She counsels clients regarding a breadth of intellectual property with an emphasis on creatively and strategically identifying holistic and dynamic ways to improve the value of various creative and technological assets. Elizabeth was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition 2018 – 2023. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Austin College.

Jeremy McKinney was selected for Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law. His practice involves patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis. Jeremy’s areas of technical focus are electrical, mechanical, and software. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law and his B.S. in Health Science, cum laude, from Trident University International.

Andrew P. Piechocki was selected for Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Technology Law. His practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searches, and patentability analysis. His areas of technical focus include electrical engineering and computer science, optics and optical equipment, electronic test equipment, medical devices, software-based and computer-based systems, data transmission and networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, and IoT devices. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law, his M.S. in Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America, and his B.S., cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from Arkansas Tech University.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer–review survey on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Dunlap Codding, with offices in Austin, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C., serves sophisticated international, national, and regional clients.  Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the region’s largest and most versatile IP boutique providing counsel in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and entertainment law as well as related litigation and licensing services. 

Dunlap Codding Ranks in Band 1 for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2023
Posted Jun 1, 2023 at 10:50 am See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to be ranked in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2023. The publication is consistently regarded as the most reliable and intensively researched of all lawyer rating directories. Chambers USA began ranking Oklahoma Intellectual Property firms in 2010 and Dunlap Codding has been a top-ranked firm for 14 consecutive years since the inaugural coverage of the state’s intellectual property practitioners. Chambers also ranked four of the firm’s shareholders: Marc A. Brockhaus (Band 1), Emily E. Campbell (Band 2), Nicholas D. Rouse (Eminent Practitioner), and Douglas J. Sorocco (Band 1).

Chambers has described the firm as a “[r]espected boutique with a global clientele, partnering with companies of all sizes to provide long-term strategic and holistic IP portfolio management. Particularly noted for its high level of patent prosecution activity and representation of clients seeking to protect IP assets in the healthcare, life sciences, engineering and entertainment sectors. Also active on licensing, trade secrets and rights of publicity issues.”

Dunlap Codding clients were quoted as saying:

  • “I can’t speak highly enough of them. They give good, solid, legally sound, practical advice.”
  • “They’re extremely responsive and client-oriented. They prioritize taking care of the client.”
  • “They have a very high expertise level and the ability to bring a client in on a call, explain some of the nuances and navigate consultative conversations.”

Regarding the firm’s ranked shareholders, Chambers said Marc Brockhaus “handles both contentious and transactional matters with a noted specialty in electrical engineering matters.” As clients noted, “Marc is easy to talk to, friendly and delivers advice in a practical manner.” “Marc provides excellent advice and service on a wide range of patent issues.” “He is very knowledgeable in technology and has high legal skills for patent prosecution.”

In their commentary about Emily Campbell, Chambers observed that she “has vast experience handling a wide variety of IP matters, including licensing issues and enforcement strategies.” Clients were quoted as noting that “Emily is very helpful, knowledgeable, professional and quick to respond, and brings to our attention other matters or concerns that should be considered.” “She is a subject matter expert in her field as well as a visionary and executor for the firm’s client services, community outreach and internal employee relations efforts.” “She thinks outside of the box and isn’t afraid to consult others or be a part of a brainstorming session to find the best answer for a problem.”

According to Chambers, “Nick Rouse remains a leading IP practitioner with significant expertise in mechanical engineering matters. He also acts as Dunlap Codding’s managing director.” Chambers quoted clients as saying, “Mr. Rouse is very intelligent, sophisticated and ultimately delivers the service you need, without overly complicating any issues.” “He has developed an excellent reputation in IP and I have nothing but respect for him.”

Finally, Chambers noted that Doug Sorocco “is respected for his IP practice, which includes patent prosecution and transactional matters,” and quoted clients who said, “Douglas is a very good patent attorney, a great mentor for young lawyers and a great leader for the law firm.” “He doesn’t just follow the algorithm but looks for the best approach, in a very cost-efficient and commercial manner.” “He is incredibly smart and dedicated to the vision of the firm, its efforts on behalf of clients as well as its involvement in the community.”

Dunlap Codding Competes in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon—Mixed Corporate Marathon Relay
Posted May 2, 2023 at 15:48 pm See More

A team of Dunlap Codding shareholders completed the Mixed Corporate Marathon Relay, a part of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, on April 29, 2023. The Marathon’s mission is “to celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those killed in the 1995 bombing and unite the world in hope.” Dunlap Codding’s team included (from left to right) Evan Talley, Emily Campbell, Nick Rouse, Elizabeth Isaac, and Marc Brockhaus. #runtoremember

Dunlap Codding to Serve as Local Host for AIPLA Event
Posted Apr 11, 2023 at 11:52 am See More

Join us on April 27 at 11 a.m. Central for an American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Networking Event brought to you by the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee and local host Dunlap Codding, P.C., located at 609 W. Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City.

A buffet lunch will be served.

Open to all Intellectual Property Law Professionals, including AIPLA members and non-members, this global networking event takes place simultaneously in different locations worldwide. The different locations will connect with each other via a video conference call at 12:00 p.m. Central. 

Reservation required. Please RSVP to Ann Robl at AROBL@DUNLAPCODDING.COM

#WIPNE

Dunlap Codding Ranked in Metropolitan Tier 1 for Five Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers
Posted Nov 8, 2022 at 15:11 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in Metropolitan Tier 1 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers for five areas:

  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Patent Laws
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Attorney Tessa Clinton Richter Joins Dunlap Codding
Posted Sep 29, 2022 at 15:16 pm See More

Dunlap Codding is pleased to welcome new Attorney Tessa Clinton Richter to its Oklahoma City office, where she previously worked as a law clerk. Tessa’s practice focuses on copyright and trademark acquisition and protection.

Before working with Dunlap Codding, Tessa held various jobs drawing on her artistic and organizational talents. She implemented marketing and sales initiatives, developed social media strategies, organized filming schedules, and trained teams on design concepts and visual display standards. Her prior work experiences allow her to serve clients creatively and strategically.

Tessa received her J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law and her B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising from Oklahoma State University. She participated in the Fairfield Study Abroad Program, studying in Florence, Italy.

Dunlap Codding Directors Again Named IP Stars – Managing Intellectual Property
Posted Aug 24, 2022 at 9:23 am See More

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA—August 17, 2022—Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that directors Marc A. Brockhaus, Nicholas D. Rouse, and Douglas J. Sorocco have again been selected by Managing Intellectual Property as IP Stars. Brockhaus and Sorocco were selected as Patent Stars; Rouse was selected as a Trademark and Patent Star. The publication lists the firm as “highly recommended,” its top ranking.

Managing Intellectual Property is “the leading specialist guide to IP firms and practitioners worldwide. Managing IP has been researching and ranking firms since 1996. This research has expanded over the years, with more than 80 jurisdictions now covered, making it the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the industry.” Dunlap Codding, with offices in Austin, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C., serves sophisticated international, national, and regional clients.  Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the region’s largest and most versatile IP boutique providing counsel in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and entertainment law as well as related litigation and licensing services

Dunlap Codding Shareholder Douglas J. Sorocco Named the 2023 Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year for  Technology Law
Posted Aug 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm See More

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA—August 18, 2022—Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Douglas J. Sorocco has been named the 2023 Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year – Technology Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer–review publication in the legal profession. Firm managing shareholder Nick Rouse said, “This is the second time Doug has been named the Technology Law Lawyer of the Year. He was also awarded that distinction in 2021. We are gratified to see him recognized by his peers for his formidable skill.”

Doug joins other Dunlap Codding shareholders previously named Lawyers of the Year, as follows:

2022

  • Marc A. Brockhaus – Trademark Law
  • Emily E. Campbell – Copyright Law
  • Nicholas D. Rouse – Patent Law

2021

  • Marc A. Brockhaus – Trade Secrets Law
  • Douglas J. Sorocco – Technology Law

2018

  • Marc A. Brockhaus – Patent Law
  • Nicholas D. Rouse – Trademark Law

Doug practices in all areas of intellectual property law including patent, trademark, copyright, technology, and e-commerce and assists clients with intellectual property matters requiring involving litigation, licensing, technology counseling, and complex transactions. He is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is also listed in Super Lawyers 2022 – Oklahoma. He was again selected as a 2022 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. Doug received his J.D. from the University of Dayton and his B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer–review survey on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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DC On Film Row

About DC on Film Row

DC on Film Row is a free event space open to everyone in our community.

We like to say that the space is a “home for creatives and innovators, home builders and the homeless, celebrators and the celebrated” so people understand that we are inclusive and want everyone from throughout our community using our space.

Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

Got an idea for how to use the space? Just ask us – we’re almost certain to say yes!

Dunlap Codding Director Jordan A. Sigale Quoted in Law360 on Michael Jordan Verdict

Dunlap Codding Director Jordan A. Sigale Quoted in Law360 on Michael Jordan Verdict

Jordan Sigale was quoted in a Law360 article by Zachary Zagger on August 24, “Jordan Verdict A Warning For Advertisers On Image Use.”  The article commented on the verdict in Jordan et al. v. Dominick’s Finer Foods, LLC, in which lawsuit Jordan was awarded $8.9 million in damages by a jury “in a trial over a full-page advertisement in Sports Illustrated taken out in 2009 by former Chicago-area grocery chain Dominick’s Finer Foods LLC, now owned by Safeway Inc., without the superstar athlete’s approval.”  The ad offered a coupon for $2 off a steak and depicted and congratulated Jordan, saying “you’re a cut above the rest.”  Jordan’s likeness was used without his approval and he testified in trial that he does not take less than $10 million for advertising deals using his image or likeness, and that he would not have approved this use at any price because it was not in keeping with his strategy.

Sigale was quoted as saying the case forced the jury to decide what the true fair market value of the ad was in 2009 and that it says a lot about how a “jury of our peers” views the way in which we compensate people for their right of publicity.  He went on to observe, “While this jury was clearly comfortable with the notion that some people’s right of publicity can be extremely valuable, it wasn’t willing to completely side with Mr. Jordan.”  Dominick’s had argued that the fair market value was closer to $100,000.  Sigale noted that the jury didn’t award Jordan the full $10 million, but also didn’t go as low as Dominick’s sought.  

Dunlap Codding Shareholders Selected For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers In America® 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA —August 17, 2015—Dunlap Codding is pleased to announce that Marc A. Brockhaus, Nicholas D. Rouse and Douglas J. Sorocco have been selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, the oldest and most respected peer–review publication in the legal profession.  Firm managing shareholder Nick Rouse said, “We’re delighted to be included in the publication.  We have always worked to provide excellent service and value to our clients and to uphold the reputation of our industry.”  

Marc Brockhaus was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 for Patent Law.  Marc leads Dunlap Codding’s Electrical Engineering & Systems group.  His practice includes all areas of intellectual property, including technology, computer and patent law, and extends to counseling, transactions, litigation, and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s top intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Marc has been an adjunct faculty member at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law and received his J.D. and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.  He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1993. 

Nick Rouse, listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in the fields of Patent Law and Trademark Law, has served as Dunlap Codding’s managing shareholder since 2007 while continuing an active practice.  In its inaugural coverage of intellectual property law in Oklahoma, the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Nick in the top band of leading practitioners, and he continues to be ranked in the top band. Nick provides a broad range of patent counseling to clients ranging from individual inventors to large multinational manufacturing companies. His practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, patent portfolio management, validity and infringement opinions, evaluations of new designs, and licensing strategy.  Nick graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, and received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1990. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and served as its president in 2006.

Doug Sorocco is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in the field of Technology Law.  He practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology, licensing, life sciences and patent law and is involved in counseling and transactional work involving all aspects of intellectual property. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Doug regularly counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property including acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property, portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. He is ranked in the top band of Oklahoma’s top intellectual property practitioners by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Doug was also selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition (2010).  He is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. 

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer–review survey on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

Dunlap Codding P.C., with offices in Austin, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Wilmington, and Washington, D.C., serves sophisticated international, national, and regional clients. Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the state’s largest and most versatile IP boutique law firm.  

Dunlap Codding is a member of Primerus, an International Society of Law Firms.

Julie L. Langdon Selected As An Emerging Lawyer in Illinois

Julie L. Langdon, a senior associate in Dunlap Codding’s Chicago office, has been selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which recognizes the top two percent of lawyers who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for fewer than ten years.  Julie’s practice encompasses a number of areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, licensing, counseling, and asset protection of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Her primary practice is patent litigation with a concentration in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences, chemical, and pharmaceutical arts. Julie represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent-related litigations involving infringement and other disputes arising over patent rights.

Emily Campbell Quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal on Trademarks and Likelihood of Confusion

On August 7, Bloomberg BNA covered DC Comics v. Gotham City Networking, Inc., T.T.A.B., No. 91194716, 7/17/15.  The case involves a trademark application filed by Gotham City Networking Inc. for “Gotham Batmen” with a stylized bat-like logo to be used in networking referral services and “entertainment in the nature of amateur softball games.”  According to Bloomberg, “DC Comics, which owns the rights to Batman and numerous trademarks related to the superhero, opposed the registration on dilution and likelihood of confusion grounds.”  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled on July 17, that the use of the name “Gotham Batmen” was likely to cause confusion with a number of different marks owned by DC Comics.

Administrative Judge Jyll Taylor provided a dissenting opinion, noting that DC Comics had failed to establish that “Batman” was a famous mark, having not proven the connection between DC and Warner Bros. Studies.  According to BloombergBNA, “[t]he majority had found “Batman” to be famous, largely because of the films.

Gotham City argued that its trademark constituted a parody.  Dunlap Codding Shareholder Emily Campbell was quoted as saying that “for a parody defense to succeed in trademark law, the parodist has to walk a “fine line” between resembling the parodied mark and making a point…. [A] poster of a pregnant woman wearing a Girl Scout uniform with the Scouts’ slogan “Be Prepared” written underneath qualified as an example of an outrageous joke that worked as a trademark parody.”  She explained that the “Batman” –  “bat men” softball joke was not nearly as obvious and therefore did not bode well for Gotham City’s chances that its mark was a parody and would not cause confusion.

Campbell also said that Judge Taylor’s concerns were valid, and the majority’s famous mark analysis could be an issue on appeal.  “The dissent is interesting because there does seem to be a hole in the evidence.  The majority filled in the blanks to come to the conclusion that we all recognize the Batman name, but I think to adhere to the law [the board needed to make a fuller analysis.]”

Dunlap Codding Receives a Beacon Award for Charitable Influence

Dunlap Codding was honored by The Journal Record, receiving a Beacon Award for Charitable Influence on July 17. The award recognizes organizations for demonstrating a company culture that encourages and supports volunteerism, charitable giving, and community involvement by its members.

Nearly all of Dunlap Codding’s team members dedicated their time and resources to charitable and community causes since 2013, when the firm began offering the use of DC on Film Row—an events and community space—to local creative, civic, and charitable organizations. In 2014 alone, the firm volunteered more than 1,000 hours and contributed $150,000 to hosting, supporting, and funding nearly 150 such events. 

Nicholas Rouse, the firm’s managing partner, said the firm started its civic and charitable work with the concept that “community doesn’t need a place, but it doesn’t hurt to have one.”  The Journal Record noted, “Dunlap Codding is redefining what it means to be actively engaged in the Oklahoma City community.”