Doug advises clients in a wide range of industries including computer software, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy, chemical, hospitality, publishing, health care, insurance, and social media. His global practice involves work for clients in more than 100 countries.
Doug co-chairs the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice which is part of the firm’s broader Unmanned Systems Group. He and other members of the practice advise clients on issues related to Section 333 exemption requests; the FAA rulemaking process; and tracking, understanding, and complying with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to UAS use. Given the immense scope of potential commercial uses and the web of technology issues that could arise from the use of UAS, he is well-positioned to advise an array of clients in this rapidly emerging area.
Doug has chaired the Task Force on Data Exclusivity, International Chamber of Commerce and the Task Force on Chinese Trademark Law Revision, International Chamber of Commerce. He also has served as Reporter on Developments in US Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Commission, International Chamber of Commerce.
- Represents energy company in its efforts to develop and implement a commercial UAS program and secure necessary regulatory approvals.
- Represents Fortune 200 energy companies regarding the implementation of an advanced research and development project to evaluate and demonstrate UAS capabilities.
- Successfully defended video game developer against multimillion-dollar claims for alleged breach of contract and fraud in three-week jury trial in federal court arising from license agreement for video game software. Won multi-million dollar verdict on counterclaims for breach of license agreement, copyright infringement, and trade secret theft.
- Litigated in numerous tribunals in the United States and elsewhere including the US Supreme Court, numerous federal courts of appeal and US district courts, the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the European Commission, the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- Reported decisions include The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation v. The Kittinger Company, 792 F.Supp. 1397 (E.D. Va. 1992), aff'd 38 F.3d 133 (4th Cir. 1994); Four Seasons Hotels Limited V. Koury Corporation, 776 F.Supp. 240 (E.D.N.C. 1991); and Hunton & Williams v. American Distribution Systems, Inc. dba NamesForSale.com, ADSI and DefaultData.com, WIPO D2000-0501.
- Represented numerous clients in acquisitions, technology joint ventures, joint development agreements, and licensing transactions, and in the acquisition and maintenance of intellectual property rights.