Eric focuses his practice on intellectual property law and litigation. He works with large and small companies to identify and protect their crucial intellectual property assets, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer software, and internet websites and domain names. He prosecutes trademark registration applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and handles opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO. He assists clients in negotiating intellectual property transactions such as the sale or licensing of trademarks, copyrights, patented inventions, trade secrets, and proprietary and open source software. He counsels clients regarding rights of privacy and publicity, internet law, trade secrets, and intellectual property aspects of entertainment law. During more than fifteen years of intellectual property litigation experience, Eric has represented clients in intellectual property disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement, domain name piracy, software licensing, trade secret theft, violations of publicity and privacy rights, and false advertising.
301 Faynetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Mercer University, JD, 1990, magna cum laude
Wake Forest University, BA, 1987, cum laude
Board of Advisors, North Carolina Technology Association
Coordinator, High School Rule of Law Program, Wake County Bar Association
Member, Downtown Raleigh Rotary Club
Youth Basketball Coach, Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
Chair, Organ/Chancel Renovation Committee, Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2003
Ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Super Lawyers,” (Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate) 2006-2014, (Entertainment) 2006-2015, (Sports) 2015
Ranked among Business Leader Media’s 2008 Triangle Movers & Shakers
Featured in “Lawyer Expresses His Love of the Arts by Serving the Film Industry” published in the June 2007 issue of NC Magazine
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
ERIC P. STEVENS
- ICF Incorporated, LLC v. Terri Bennett Enterprises, LLC, Cancellation Proceeding (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board)(2011) – Represented trademark owner in opposition proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in which the petitioner sought cancellation of our client’s trademark registration on grounds of alleged prior use of the mark.
- Carolina Food Sales v. Xpient Software Solutions and POS Technology, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2012). Represented restaurant franchise in lawsuit against vendor and reseller of point-of-sale software system.
- Golden Corral Corp. et. al v. CTD-3B, L.L.C. et. al (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2003) – Represented Golden Corral restaurant franchisor in suit against franchisee for breach of contract and service mark infringement for continuing to use well-known service marks without authorization after termination of the franchise agreement.
- Static Control Components, Inc. v. Future Graphics, LLC (U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina)(2004) – Represented Future Graphics in dispute concerning whether Static Control Components engaged in false advertising and business libel by issuing a publication that allegedly disparaged a product marketed by Future Graphics.
- Total Sports, Inc. v. Total Sports, SDN BHD (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2001) – Represented Malaysian corporation in successful defense of U.S. District Court lawsuit for trademark infringement and domain name “cyberpiracy.” The District Court set aside a default judgment it had previously entered against the Malaysian corporation and dismissed the lawsuit on grounds it lacked jurisdiction because the corporation did not have sufficient contacts with the United States for the court to exercise jurisdiction.
- Triangle Residential Designs, Inc. v. Prudential Prime Properties, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina)(2003) – Defended copyright infringement lawsuit against realty company and realtor and secured an early settlement for the company. The realtor marketed and sold several newly constructed homes that were allegedly made from plans that the builder had used without securing permission from the architect who designed the home plans.
SOME OF OUR CLIENTS
We pride ourselves on developing lasting relationships with our clients. We have been working with some of our clients since their formation, and others for over 10 years. Drawing on more than 40 years of combined experience in diverse practice areas, as well as the knowledge of other attorneys within our firm, we have the unique ability to provide our clients with a full range of legal counsel that extends beyond the field, studio, or stage.