Taylor English has a business model that allows me to support my clients in a meaningful, hands-on manner over the long term. It is a relationship based, not transactional, approach to the practice. Plus, I get to work with really smart lawyers who also are fundamentally good people.
Scott Creasman co-chairs Taylor English’s Intellectual Property department and leads its Intellectual Property litigation group. For clients, he handles intellectual property and technology litigation, and business matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets and false advertising. A significant portion of his practice involves the prosecution of trademarks and copyrights. He has experience with Internet issues, including domain name rights and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings, privacy, information security and other e-commerce matters. His practice also includes intellectual property and technology matters in the education, entertainment and sports industries, including the representation of two professional baseball teams, documentary film clearance, television production houses and networks, and book publishing.
Mr. Creasman has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets on intellectual property and technology issues, including CNBC, The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, The Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, Bloomberg News, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Business Insurance Magazine. Mr. Creasman has served as an adjunct instructor on “Legal Issues in Technology Transfer” at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Management. He has spoken for numerous entities, including the American Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Law, the State Bar of Georgia Intellectual Property Section, the Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, the National Business Institute, Law Seminars International, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia and Lorman Education Services.
Mr. Creasman currently serves as Hiring Partner and firm Sommelier.
Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Section, Board Member, CLE Board of Trustees
International Trademark Association, Legislative Affairs Committee, Model State Trademark Bill Subcommittee, Dilution and Model State Trademark Bill Taskforce
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Executive Committee, 2004-2013; President, 2012; Director of Wine & Spirits 2013–present
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property (Trademark Committee), Litigation, and Technology Sections
Technology Association of Georgia, Leadership Council, Information Security Society, Co-Chair and Board of Directors
High Museum of Art, Wine Auction Organizing Committee, Chair of Trade Tasting
Yale Alumni Schools Committee
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Sunday School Teacher
Commanderie du Bordeaux
Taylor English Duma LLP obtained a favorable settlement for its client Anvil International, a national pipe coupling manufacturer, in more than a dozen opposition proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal board filed against Home Depot.
Taylor English attorneys successfully prosecuted the Grildaf USA, Inc. v. Momma Goldberg’s Deli, Inc. opposition proceeding involving competing restaurant chains that used GOLDBERG’S as part of the mark.
Adair v. Boat Dock Innovations, LLC, et. al.
Led the defense against an inventor/patentee in a case involving claims of infringement of a patent related to a boat dock ladder. Successfully petitioned the USPTO to reexamine the asserted patents—resulting in cancellation of all claims of one patent and significant narrowing amendments to the remaining patent’s claims. After a favorable claim construction ruling from the Special Master, the case was dismissed with prejudice, with no payments from the ...
Mission Pharmacal Co. v. Virtus Pharma., LLC
Led the defense of generic pharmaceutical company in a case involving allegations of false advertising and infringement of a patent related to prenatal vitamins and iron supplements. The parties reached a confidential settlement right before trial. Mission Pharmacal Co. v. Virtus Pharma., LLC (W.D. Texas)
Represented several outdoor advertising companies in actions brought by a patent troll, T-Rex Property AB, for infringement of patents related to digital advertising technology. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
Joao Control & Monitoring Systems v. Comverge, Inc.
Handled the defense of a case for Comverge, Inc. in which the plaintiff, a non-practicing entity, claimed that Comverge infringed certain claims of a patent related to premises-monitoring technology. Successfully obtained a stay pending Inter Partes Reviews. The case was ultimately dismissed with prejudice, with no recovery from our client. Joao Control & Monitoring Systems v. Comverge, Inc. (N.D. Ga.)
- Successful defense of Comverge, Inc. in patent infringement action relating to energy usage management
Nxegen, LLC and Nxegen Holdings, Inc. v. Comverge, Inc.
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 ...
Assisted the Atlanta Braves in their trademark clearance process.
- "Intellectual Property – Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets, Oh My!" Recipes for Restaurant SuccessRecipes for Restaurant Success Hospitality SeriesNovember 18, 2014
- November 10, 2014
- "Everything You Want to Know About Franchising Intellectual Property: Trade Dress, Trademark, Licensing, Patent and More," Georgia State Bar Franchise & Distribution Law Section and the Intellectual Property Law Section; Trademark, Patent and In-House Licensing Committees
- "Flash of Genius: Perspectives from Patent Prosecution and Litigation Attorneys," The Atlanta Lawyer, Atlanta Bar AssociationMarch 2009
- "Understanding and Serving the Advertising Needs of the Client," Aspatore BooksSeptember 2007
- "Plaintiff’s Damages," Trademark Infringement Remedies, ABA Intellectual Property Law Section and BNA BooksFebruary 2006 (2007–2012 updates)
- "Free Speech and 'Sucking' - When is the Use of a Trademark in a Domain Name Fair?" The Trademark ReporterSeptember-October 2005
- "Establishing Geographic Rights in Trademarks Based on Internet Use," The Trademark ReporterSeptember-October 2005
- September 22, 2017
- “24 Taylor English Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America,” Atlanta Patch and Atlanta CitybizlistSeptember 13, 2017
- August 17, 2016
- August 17, 2016
- January 8, 2016
- August 15, 2018
- December 4, 2017
- August 15, 2016
- August 17, 2015
- August 18, 2014
- December 5, 2012
- August 24, 2012
- July 25, 2011
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Data Security and Privacy
- Entertainment, Sports and Media
- Higher Education
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
Duke University School of Law, JD, 1990
Yale University, BA, 1987
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2012