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Austin Champion

Email
austin.champion@harperbates.com
Office
214.238.8404

Biography

Austin Champion is a litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas who works with companies and individuals involved in complex, high-stakes business and intellectual property disputes. Austin works closely with every client to provide thorough, creative, and efficient representation.

Austin's diverse litigation practice has allowed him to represent plaintiffs and defendants in the telecommunications, finance, energy, technology, software, manufacturing, medical, entertainment, real estate, and retail industries. Austin has successfully prosecuted and defended claims for trade secret misappropriation and breach of restrictive covenants, fraud, false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties.

Austin also helps clients navigate the nuances of intellectual property litigation. He regularly represents individuals and companies in intellectual property disputes involving claims for patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and violations of the Lanham Act.

Combining his business and intellectual property practices, Austin works closely with corporate clients to pursue and defend claims for indemnification arising out of intellectual property disputes.

Austin proudly supports his community through his work with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Through this program, Austin donates a portion of his time pro bono to indigent residents of Dallas County, providing them with legal representation and access to the Dallas County court system.

Austin was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he served on the SMU Law Review Association and graduated with honors.

Career details

Practice areas

Business Litigation Intellectual Property Litigation IP Indemnity

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2008
  • SMU Law Review Association, Articles Editor
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Honors

  • Recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, New Lawyers Committee of the Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, 2016
  • Vice Chairman, New Lawyers Committee of the Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, 2015
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Presentations

  • "What's New in Trade Secrets?" 54th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American & International Law, November 2016
  • "What's Your Policy? Managing Risk with IP Indemnities," 7th Annual Essentials of Business Law Course, March 2016
  • "IP Indemnities and Risk Management," 29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course, February 2016
  • "From Creation to Litigation: Corporate and Trial Perspectives on Trade Secrets," Dallas Bar Association IP Section, January 2016
  • "Indemnification in Patent Litigation," 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American & International Law, November 2014
  • "Stays of Litigation Pending Post-AIA Patent Review," Dallas Bar Association IP Section, March 2014

Publications

  • "Updates in Federal Trade Secret Law," Texas Lawyer, April 2017
  • "3 Keys to Effective IP Indemnity Clauses," Industry Week, September 2016
  • "Staying Out of Treble Trouble: Clues from Samsung Case," Law360's Expert Analysis, September 2016
  • "Drafting Effective Intellectual Property Indemnity Provisions," 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American & International Law, November 2014

Representative Engagements

  • Represented leading U.S. food and beverage company in trademark litigation relating to milk products
  • Defended physician and healthcare technology company in suit for trade secret misappropriation, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties
  • Representing global telecommunications provider in indemnification matters arising out of patent litigation
  • Ongoing representation of global software developer in claims for copyright infringement arising out of software piracy
  • Represented oilfield services provider in suit for fraud and breach of contract against subsidiary of publicly traded oil and gas company
  • Represented assignee and exclusive licensee in suit for patent infringement involving pay-day lending products
  • Represented leading home investment franchisor in trademark dispute against competitor
  • Defended global mobile phone manufacturer in suit for patent infringement arising out of internal antenna technology
  • Represented international vending machine distributor in suit against competitor for false advertising and violations of the Lanham Act
  • Defended residential developer and home builder against claims for fraud, fraud in a real estate transaction, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of residential development project in Dallas County, Texas
  • Represented regional bank in suit for fraud arising from misrepresentations in the purchase and sale of mortgage-backed securities
  • Defended international chemical company against multiple lawsuits involving claims for breach of contract, quantum meruit, and foreclosure of liens arising from industrial construction projects
  • Defended former employee of medical device sales company in suit by former employer for trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract