Lee Fraley offers clients a unique blend of intellectual property counseling, IP rights enforcement and defense, and solution-focused negotiation of IP-related transactions and acquisitions. In recent years, he has counseled numerous clients worldwide, from emerging and growing businesses to middle-market and large cap companies, in the development of patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark portfolios geared toward accomplishing their business goals and objectives.
A substantial portion of Lee's practice involves negotiating and counseling his clients with regard to litigation/dispute resolution. As to trademarks in particular, Lee advises the above clients during all stages of securing US and foreign trademark protection, is also actively involved in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and manages other contentious trademark proceedings in the United States and around the world. Lee's practice also heavily involves negotiating and counseling his clients with regard to a variety of transactional matters such as acquisitions, venture-capital/financing and related due diligence, and negotiating research and development, licensing and other commercialization agreements.
He has handled these types of matters for clients in a variety of industries, with particular emphasis in electronics and semiconductors, medical devices, software including SaaS/PaaS, telecommunications, IT and cloud-based networking and services, crowd-sourcing applications, gaming, retail/franchising, sports and entertainment, music, renewable energy, unmanned and other autonomous vehicles, cannabis/CBD, social media and media law.
Managed extensive IP portfolio for public company that developed mobile devices. Also created strategies for overall protection of new line of products as company developed design-around strategies
Managed global brand and product protection for international client, including continued creation of strategies for international expansion and the development of innovative protection strategies for all new products/services
IP Rights Defense and Enforcement
Orchestrated defense on behalf of large finance company to acquire license rights to use a particular name that allowed the client to sell property and accomplish objectives
Managed defenses and negotiated settlements to trademark infringement claims on behalf of hospitality company, educational institution, and cloud-based IT service company
Represented international franchise in seeking to stop more than 20 unlawful actions of unauthorized parties
IP Transactions and Deals
Developed aggressive legal positions regarding intellectual property that gave clients, ranging from an international media company to IT infrastructure company, leverage to renegotiate a prior deal and permit U.S. expansion
Negotiated complex technology licenses in and out of R&D company to facilitate private equity investment
Negotiated key representation issues with financing institution as well as addressing significant pre-closing concerns regarding infringement and lawsuits
Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
Duquesne University (M.B.A., 1992)
West Virginia Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., magna cum laude, 1988)
Eta Kappa Nu (national electrical engineering honor fraternity)