Amanda Groover Hyland focuses on intellectual property, media, and First Amendment counseling and litigation for a variety of corporations and non-profit organizations. Ms. Hyland is a Chambers USA-ranked, AV-rated attorney who has been recognized year after year as one of Atlanta’s rising stars in intellectual property and litigation.
Ms. Hyland’s commercial clients include Fortune 100 companies, national publishers, clothing and gift manufacturers, and corporations in the energy and water infrastructure industries. She has handled dozens of lawsuits in state and federal courts, including all types of trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, and false advertising disputes. She has taken several intellectual property cases to successful resolution at trial, and also provides significant experience in the aggressive use of dispositive motions and alternative dispute resolution practices such as mediation. In addition to litigation, Ms. Hyland has significant expertise in transactional intellectual property matters, including U.S. and international trademark applications and prosecution, licenses and assignments, usage issues, copyright applications, and due diligence. Her clients call upon her to maintain hundreds of federal trademarks, including several high-profile portfolios.
Ms. Hyland takes great pride in bringing her skills to non-profits, concentrating on political advocacy groups, animal-related organizations, and other social welfare institutions. She focuses in advising 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups on legal issues surrounding their use of social media, blogs, merchandising, and educational efforts, as well as their rights under the First Amendment. She also has worked on several amicus briefs on First Amendment issues on behalf of political advocacy and non-profit groups, not only as an attorney, but as a legal intern for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Ms. Hyland also has significant experience in media law, and has advised clients on matters including privacy, open records, and defamation, having handled such matters for television networks, newspapers, publishers, writers, political advocacy groups, and public relations firms. She has often advised clients during the prepublication review stage or during a dispute following publication.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Ms. Hyland practiced complex media and copyright litigation at a respected boutique law firm in Atlanta, where she focused in the diverse needs of media and entertainment clients, including television stations and newspapers. Ms. Hyland also spent two years clerking at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where she worked as an out-of-chambers clerk.
Ms. Hyland has a long and passionate background in First Amendment, media, and intellectual property issues. She earned her JD, cum laude, from the University of Florida, where she obtained a certificate in Intellectual Property Law, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Entertainment Law Review and Executive Articles Editor of the Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, and taught undergraduate journalism classes as part of her fellowship. She also earned her master’s degree in journalism, with distinction, and her undergraduate degree in journalism, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
International Trademark Association (INTA), Academic Committee Member
The Federal Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section–Trademark Committee
Council for National Policy
Atlanta Humane Society, Junior Board (1873 Society)
Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Community Connection Mentor/Connector for the Atlanta Center for Working Families
Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Campaign, Firm Coordinator
Amanda Hyland represents Bankrate, a publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet that provides aggregated financial data and consumer financial news and editorial content to more than 500 national publications. She provides day-to-day outside counsel on matters of media, advertising, and intellectual property to Bankrate and its affiliates, which include creditcards.com, Wallaby, Interest.com ...
Won a significant jury verdict in the Northern District of Georgia under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACCPA) for a national provider of industrial and commercial waste and recycling solutions. The jury awarded full statutory damages, and the Court later awarded $185,000 in attorneys' fees to our client. The jury award and the attorney’s fee award were upheld on appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Successfully defended non-profit advocacy group against claim that it did not own rights to its name and that it had defamed a former director. Jury found that "Tea Party Patriots" trademark did not belong to former board member and restored all rights to the mark. The defamation claims were dismissed upon motion for directed verdict.
- Dismissals of copyright claims and separate state action for international airline client sued over use of architectural plans
Represented major airline in claims brought by former vendor alleging misuse of architectural plans for office space. Won motion to dismiss state-court conversion claims, and in subsequent federal copyright-infringement case based on same underlying facts, conducted discovery and negotiated settlement in which plaintiff dismissed the case with prejudice and with no payments from our client.
Serves as outside counsel for all media, merchandising, blogging, copyright, trademark, and social media inquiries for several national conservative non-profit groups, including Tea Party Patriots and Center for Self Governance.
Obtained consent injunctions in cases pending throughout Southeastern United States. Ceased the importation and sales activities of nearly one dozen gray market Yanmar tractor importers.
Resolved several cases in which client, a national gift and home goods manufacturer, asserted trade dress and design patent infringement claims against competitors. The cases involved the popular cylindrical packaging for wine glasses.
- Current representation of Mueller Co. in unfair competition and false advertising case involving fire hydrants
Currently representing Mueller Co. in case against competitor pending in Massachusetts. The case involves claims of unfair competition and defamation relating to the sale of fire hydrants.
Represented a national athletic goods manufacturer in case defending the client's trademark registration in the color blue for tennis grip tape. Achieved favorable ruling from bench trial in the Northern District of Georgia in which the court upheld our client's trademark registration.
In a case involving allegations of copyright infringement of interior design portfolio photographs and related defamation claims, we achieved a settlement for our client, Meg Adams Interior Design, Inc.
Defended and achieved settlement in copyright infringement lawsuit brought in the Northern District of Georgia by a former employee of our client, a video production company. The former employee claimed to own the copyright in the commercials produced by our client.
Initiated and resolved trademark litigation for GradSave, a college savings plan company. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, asserted claims for trademark infringement against another web company using the mark “GradSaver.” The matter was settled confidentially.
Amanda Hyland represented a Denver liquor distillery in trademark and rights of publicity claims arising from a dispute between Jimi Hendrix’s heirs and other family as to the right to use the term “Purple Haze.” Ms. Hyland obtained a full dismissal of claims against the distillery.
Represented international nonprofit ministry in sale of trademark rights to Daystar Television network.
Represented production company in intellectual property matters, including the negotiation of the full transfer to our client of all copyright in screenplays for a television series.
- Current representation of major coatings company in defense of trademark, trade secret, defamation, and other claims
Currently representing Gulf Synthetics in an action brought by former business partner and his new company claiming trademark infringement, defamation and trade secret misappropriation relating to the deck coatings business.
Achieved successful resolution of lawsuit involving copying of clients' "ABC’s of Life" poem, which was reproduced without permission on posters and plaques.
Achieved prompt and full dismissal of all claims against publishing company relating to a contractual dispute with advertiser. Following the filing of our motion to dismiss, the plaintiff dismissed the action in the Northern District of Georgia.
Achieved voluntary dismissal with prejudice of libel case against FOX 5 reporter by persuading plaintiff that sanctions and attorney's fees would be mandated under Georgia's anti-SLAPP statute.
- Successful defense of copyright and trade secret claims against client accused of improperly accessing software in check processing equipment
Represented Symco Group, Inc., a company that serviced check processing equipment, in a copyright infringement and trade secret action in the Northern District of California. The plaintiff alleged that Symco, as part of its regular servicing process, was improperly accessing the plaintiff’s software and therefore violating its copyrights in the software source code that was embedded in the check processing equipment. Following the court’s dismissal of ...
Achieved favorable settlement for client defending claims of copyright infringement for medical billing software.
- Successfully resolved copyright infringement claims brought by photographer against book publishing client
Defended, and successfully settled, copyright infringement lawsuit brought against book publisher client that had used plaintiff’s photograph in book.
- Successful defense of Comverge, Inc. in patent infringement action relating to energy usage management
At the client’s request, we took over the defense of a large and hotly-contested patent infringement case brought by Nxegen LLC and Nxegen Holdings Inc. The patents involved systems and methods for remotely monitoring and adjusting energy usage. Facing a tight discovery schedule, we managed to produce, review and analyze a voluminous number of documents, take and defend approximately 30 depositions in a one-month period, amend the complaint to allege ...
Handled the defense of Expression Beauty Works in a case involving claims of infringement of a patent related to crackle nail polish. Negotiated a favorable settlement with plaintiff. Kirker Enterprises v. Expression Beauty Works.
Upon receipt of an anti-SLAPP notice, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its defamation complaint, which sought damages relating to FOX 5's investigative reporting regarding health conditions occurring at the Plaintiff's eyebrow-waxing business.
Taylor English is outside intellectual property counsel to ATLA, which hosts the largest dance career convention in the country, bringing together the top choreographers and dancers from around the world.
- Defense of patent infringement claims asserted by patent troll ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc.
Led defense of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc., for infringement of patents related to automated meter reading technology. The client reached a favorable confidential settlement with the plaintiff and the case has been dismissed. ICH Intellectual Capital Holdings, Inc. v. Badger Meter, Inc., et. al.
- Brought patent infringement action against Datamatic Ltd. for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in action against Datamatic Ltd. alleging patent infringement of Mueller’s patents for technology relating to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems. Negotiated a favorable settlement with defendant. Mueller International, LLC et al v. Datamatic Ltd.
- Represented Mueller Water Products in declaratory judgment actions involving patents and alleged trade secrets
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in suits for declaratory judgments of non-infringement, invalidity and unenforceability of patent held by defendant, non-misappropriation of the defendants’ alleged trade secrets, and validity, inventorship, and ownership of client’s patent. Mueller Systems, LLC et al v. Teti et al.
Currently representing Mueller Water Products, Inc. in a suit for declaratory judgments of non-infringement and invalidity of competitor’s patents relating to pipe couplings. Successfully deferred litigation after filing reexamination requests, which were granted by the USPTO. Mueller Water Products, Inc. et al v. Victaulic Company.
- Successful defense of various distributors in patent infringement actions relating to pipe couplings
Successfully transferred, deferred, or achieved dismissal of numerous patent infringement suits brought against a client’s distributors in favor of declaratory judgment suit filed by the client, the product manufacturer.
- Achieved favorable outcome for medical device company defending patent infringement and false marking claims
Represented Byrne Medical in patent infringement and false marking case relating to endoscopic devices. Negotiated favorable confidential settlement.
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in action against Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC alleging patent infringement of Mueller’s patent for an apparatus for the enhancement of water quality in a subterranean pressurized water distribution system. Negotiated a favorable settlement with defendants. Mueller Water Products, Inc. v. Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC.
- "Creatives: Understanding the Business and Legal Side of Your Film Shoot in Georgia," 2016 Savannah Film FestivalOctober 22-29, 2016
- June 14, 2015
- August 13, 2013
- "Legal Issues in Publishing: A Primer for Authors and Self-Publishers," BookLogix Seminar SeriesJuly 13, 2013
- October 10, 2012
- "The Boundaries of Intellectual Property," The Business Hour With Ron ComachoApril 27, 2012
- "Social Media IP Concerns," Cobb County Bar AssociationFebruary 25, 2011
- May 27, 2016
- "Ninth Circuit Decision Will Prompt More College Athlete Trademark Registrations," Intellectual Property StrategistDecember 11, 2015
- June 24, 2014
- June 10, 2014
- May 13, 2014
- "Producing a Blockbuster IP Litigation Hit with Small-Budget Funding: Assembling the Cast," Inside CounselApril 15, 2014
- "The Taming of the Internet: A New Approach to Third-party Internet Defamation," 31 Hastings Comm/Ent 79Fall 2008
- "Bullied Bloggers: Why Bloggers are More Susceptible to Libel Threats," 1 Fla. Ent. L.V. 752006
- "Big Mess on Campus: Campus Crime Information in Public Records is in a Class of its Own," The News Media & The LawSummer 2005
- August 1, 2016
- June 24, 2016
- June 17, 2016
- "Taylor English's Amanda Hyland Recognized Among Up and Coming Lawyers in Georgia," Atlanta Patch, East Cobb Patch, Marietta Patch and Smyrna PatchApril 21, 2016
- April 7, 2016
- Deborah Ausburn and Amanda Hyland Successfully Represent Tea Party Patriots in IP, Trademark Rights CaseNovember 16, 2011
- Five Attorneys Also Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldsMay 27, 2016
- February 25, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- Taylor English Earns National Recognition for Three Practices, Six Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldMay 28, 2015
- February 20, 2015
- September 11, 2014
- August 28, 2013
- February 21, 2013
- December 5, 2012
- December 9, 2010
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Entertainment, Sports and Media
- Data Security and Privacy
- Higher Education
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- Public Interest and Advocacy
University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, cum laude, 2006
University of Florida, BA and BS, summa cum laude, 2003
University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, MA, with distinction, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Staff Attorney
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Daily Report 25 under 40 On the Rise, 2016
Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Intellectual Property, 2015-2016, Associate to Watch, 2016
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2016
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2012