Taylor English offers a true value proposition for my clients, which enables me to stay involved in every aspect of their matters and “get my hands dirty” with the day-to-day activities that maximize my knowledge of their cases and my effectiveness as an advocate.
Todd Jones chairs Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group and focuses his practice on intellectual property and other commercial disputes. Mr. Jones has handled to successful resolution cases across the country involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, false advertising, computer software, and e-commerce issues, as well as all manner of contract disputes. His representations have run the gamut of industry types, from airlines, technology companies, laboratories and manufacturers to retailers, educational companies and accounting firms. He also has represented all product types, from water and energy meters, medical devices, carpets, and package assemblies to beauty products, digital signage, heavy equipment and three-dimensional technology.
Mr. Jones has experience with class actions, shareholder and partnership disputes, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claims, real estate disputes, defamation claims and various forms of alternative dispute resolution. He was a critical part of a team that serviced a Fortune 100 company in its groundbreaking National Discovery Counsel program. In addition, he has drafted and advised clients on restrictive covenants, technology/intellectual property license agreements and other contracts.
Prior to joining Taylor English, from 1984-2006, Mr. Jones practiced law at Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave), one of Atlanta’s oldest and largest law firms, where he was a partner. He is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching sports, writing and playing an occasional round of high-handicap golf.
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section, 1994-present
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section, Litigation Committee, 2014-present
Atlanta Bar Association, 1994-present
Rotary Club of Atlanta West End, 1996-present; President, 2002-2003
Holy Spirit Church, Member
At the request of the client, Comverge, Inc., 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. When we took over the case, only a small amount of discovery had taken place, and the parties were facing a tight discovery schedule. We managed to produce, review and analyze a voluminous number of ...
- 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.
After two-week jury trial in federal court in Atlanta, won a multimillion-dollar verdict, including attorneys’ fees, on behalf of plaintiff (a company involved in 3-D imaging technology) for its failed acquisition by defendant.
Prevailed on summary judgment (affirmed on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit) on behalf of American Express in major copyright infringement action involving maps of Atlanta in a dining guide.
Led team defending EMS in arbitration in which claimant sought in excess of $40 million for alleged breach of representations and warranties in connection with its acquisition of a division of EMS. After a two-week hearing, the Arbitrator found for EMS on one of the products in issue and awarded only a fraction of the damages alleged by claimant on the other two products.
Led defense of patent infringement case involving claimed method to detect autism by analyzing bodily fluids. After we filed two motions for summary judgment, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
Defended educational products company in lawsuit alleging infringement of copyrights in cards for assistance with speech therapy. The court granted our motion for summary judgment, finding that there was no infringement of any copyright in the selection and arrangement of Plaintiff’s cards as a matter of law.
Led defense of case involving allegations of patent infringement and related claims based on a method of mapping SEC compliance information into a usable format. We obtained a dismissal of the patent infringement claim and then reached a confidential settlement on the related claims.
On defense team for licensor of the Cabbage Patch Kids, in lawsuit brought by former independent contractor for breach of contract, who sought millions of dollars in damages. After a two-week jury trial and subsequent appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, prevailed on all claims brought by plaintiff as well as on a counterclaim, resulting in damages owed and paid to our client.
Represented leading carpet manufacturer and a subsidiary in defending a large trade secret case involving a method for manufacturing carpet cores from recycled materials. The parties reached a confidential settlement right before trial.
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 successful resolution of lawsuit involving copying of clients' "ABC’s of Life" poem, which was reproduced without permission on posters and plaques.
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.
Achieved favorable settlement for client defending claims of copyright infringement for medical billing software.
- Successful defense of copyright and trade secret claims against client accused of improperly accessing software in check processing equipment
We 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 ...
In a case involving allegations of copyright infringement of interior design portfolio photographs, we achieved a full settlement for our client, Meg Adams Interior Design, Inc.
- 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.
- 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.
Led defense of claim of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of loyalty in connection with departure of group of employees and establishment of competitive business. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
Represented defendants in a large case involving claims for tortious interference, breach of restrictive covenants, and unjust enrichment in connection with the importation and sale of industrial yarn. After extensive discovery and our filing of a lengthy motion for summary judgment, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
Handling the defense of a case for Comverge, Inc. in which the plaintiff, a non-practicing entity, has claimed that Comverge has infringed certain claims of a patent related to premises-monitoring technology. The case is presently in its early stages.
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.
Led defense of Mueller Water Products, Inc. in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, Endeavor MeshTech, for infringement of a patent related to premises-monitoring technology. The client reached a favorable confidential settlement with the plaintiff and the case has been dismissed.
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.
Led the defense of H-E Parts against ESCO Corporation in a case involving allegations of trademark infringement and infringement of a patent related to excavator teeth on heavy equipment. We managed to negotiate a favorable settlement with plaintiff.
Led the defense of Royal Metal against an inventor/patentee in a case involving claims of infringement of a patent related to industrial package assemblies. We managed to negotiate a favorable settlement with plaintiff.
Handled two cases for separate defendants, Ascendx Spine and Sintea Plustek, LLC, in the District of Delaware. Both cases were brought by Orthophoenix, LLC, a non-practicing entity, and involved claims of infringement of certain patents involving medical device technology. The parties in both cases reached confidential settlements.
Handled the defense of Allure Global in a case brought by a non-practicing entity, Activelight, Inc., involving allegations of infringement of patents related to digital signage. The parties recently reached a confidential settlement.
Led defense of third-party claims for defense and indemnification in patent infringement case. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
Represented defendant accounting firm on claim of accounting malpractice. Obtained dismissal of case before discovery, and case was never re-filed.
Represented HD Supply in defending claims of breach of licensing agreement with software provider. Obtained quick dismissal of the case with prejudice.
Represented HD Supply in defending claims of breach of lease and in asserting counterclaims for money had and received and related claims. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
Led defense of Georgia-based company in patent and trade dress litigation involving a consumer product. After initial aggressive discovery and a mediation, we achieved a favorable settlement for the client.
- Moderator, “Intellectual Property Issues: The Experts’ View,” The Changing Standards of Litigation ManagementAtlanta, Ga., October 30, 2013
- Moderator, “Maximizing ROI for In-house Litigation Counsel,”Atlanta, Ga., October 10, 2012
- “Proving and Attacking Attorney Fee Claims,” Contract LitigationAtlanta, Ga., August 22, 2008
- “What Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property Law,” IP, Technology & Trade Secrets in Employment LawPhiladelphia, Pa., July 18, 2005
- “Proving and Attacking Attorney Fee Claims,” Contract Litigation, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Chapter 2, (August 22, 2008): pp. 1-33.
- “What Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property Law,” IP, Technology & Trade Secrets in Employment Law, Law Seminars International, Chapter 2, (July 18, 2005).July 18, 2005
- With Jason A. Bernstein, Scott W. Creasman, John W. Harbin, Hilary Harp, Ryan T. Pumpian, Charles L. Warner, James Remenick and Olivia Luk. “Congressmen Introduce Sweeping Patent Reform Bill,” Powell Goldstein LLP, June 23, 2005.June 23, 2005
- With Robert Barker. “Supreme Court Reverses Criminal Conviction Of Arthur Andersen for Destroying Documents in Enron Case,” Powell Goldstein LLPJune 7, 2005
- February 20, 2015
Taylor English is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys have been included on this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers list, and nine attorneys have been recognized on the Georgia Rising Stars 2015 list. In addition, Henry M. Quillian III has been selected to the 2015 Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers list for the sixth consecutive year. The Super Lawyers selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained ...
- December 16, 2010
Atlanta – December 16, 2010 – Georgia Trend magazine named 13 attorneys from Taylor English Duma LLP to its eighth annual listing of the state’s “Legal Elite.” The magazine recognized attorneys from six separate practice areas as among the best in the state, based on votes cast solely by practicing attorneys in Georgia. “We greatly value this acknowledgment by our peers,” said Al Hill, managing partner of Taylor English. “Having a ...
Yale University Law School, JD, 1984
Vanderbilt University, BA, summa cum laude, 1981
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1980; Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Academic Scholarship, 1977-1981
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2015
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property published by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2010