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Scott Harper

Email
scott.harper@harperbates.com
Office
214.238.8405

Biography

As a founding partner in the firm, Scott Harper brings a diverse skill set in intellectual property law and trial experience enabling him to provide effective and insightful counsel to his clients. He assists clients in developing and implementing strategies to protect their innovations, brands and creative works under domestic and foreign patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws. Scott’s practice includes all forms of patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation. He also has extensive experience in managing intellectual property license audits and due diligence reviews and advises clients on intellectual property issues that arise from the sale and purchase of intellectual property assets, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Scott represents start-up and Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries including computer software, food and beverage, financial services, medical devices, energy, wine and spirits, cosmetics, fashion, art and entertainment. He also represents clients in litigating complex intellectual property disputes in federal and state courts across the country, managing inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and conducting trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Before turning his career focus to intellectual property, Scott gained extensive trial experience defending aviation manufacturers and operators in wrongful death and product liability cases.

Scott is a registered patent attorney and past president of the DFW Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. He is actively involved in the International Trademark Association (INTA) as a member of the INTA Brands and Innovation Committee. He has served as an expert witness in trademark law and regularly lectures and publishes articles on emerging intellectual property topics.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Scott lives in Dallas with his family. He enjoys traveling and is an avid adventure tour motorcycle enthusiast.

Career details

Practice areas

Intellectual Property Patents Trademarks Copyrights Trade Secrets Aviation Product Liability

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Intellectual Property Law Association – Past President
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) - Member
  • Dallas Bar Association

HONORS

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Lexis/Nexis
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2019
  • Recognized as an "Elite Boutique Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal, 2019

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Patent Term and Priority - It’s More Complicated Than You Think,” State Bar of Texas 32nd Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law, March 2019
  • “Intellectual Property 101, ” TAPS Seminar, October 2017
  • “Intellectual Property Field Guide, ” POMA 12th Annual Business Conference, June 2017
  • "Intellectual Property 101" 7th Annual Essentials of Business Law Course, March 2016

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Patent Term and Priority - It’s More Complicated Than You Think,” State Bar of Texas 32nd Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law, March 2019.
  • "The Stone Brewing v. MillerCoors Lawsuit: Who Cast the First Stone" in The Beer Connoisseur, July 20, 2018
  • "Intellectual Property 101" March 2016
  • "The Impact of the New TTAB Rules of Practice" in Texas Lawyer, December 1, 2016

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 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 Federal Circuit

EDUCATION

  • J.D., The University of Tulsa College of Law, 1995
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1991

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of international food and beverage equipment manufacturing company in patent procurement and technology licensing matters
  • Representation of filter products manufacturer in patent and trademark procurement, and patent licensing negotiations with an international drilling tools company
  • Representation of firearms and outdoor equipment manufacturer in trademark procurement and enforcement matters
  • Representation of international visual effects software manufacturer in software compliance, copyright and trademark enforcement matters
  • Representation of brand development/marketing firm in trademark and copyright procurement and litigation matters
  • Representation of local spirits distillery in trademark procurement and enforcement matters
  • Representation of international RC vehicle manufacturer in patent enforcement proceedings
  • Representation of international cosmetics and hair products company in trademark procurement and enforcement matters