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Gregory J. Krabacher

Greg Krabacher is a partner and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Protection groups. His practice spans a wide range of intellectual property, information technology, privacy and data protection matters, including counseling, registration, compliance, transactions and litigation.

A registered patent attorney, Greg’s intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT) transactional practice includes:

  • Trademark portfolio management, predominantly in the U.S. but also Canada, Mexico, UK, the EU and China, including pre-filing clearance, filing strategy, prosecution, maintenance and monitoring; TTAB, UDRP and social media enforcement; co-existence agreements; infringement investigation and resolution; advertising and sweepstakes review.
  • Licensing, assignments and corporate transaction due diligence involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets; service contracts, primarily involving information technology.
  • Copyright prosecution, fair use and ownership rights counseling and policies, infringement counseling, dispute resolution and online enforcement via the DMCA and social media platforms.
  • Patent prosecution, analysis and pre-filing counseling including patentability, right to use, non-infringement and landscape analysis for software, information technology and mechanical devices.

A certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/E), Greg’s privacy and data protection practice includes:

  • Website privacy policies; negotiation of privacy and security terms of information technology service agreements; data processing agreements; counseling on compliance with U.S., state, federal and foreign privacy laws including GDPR, CCPA (and other current California laws) and Ohio S.B. 220.
  • Data breach response, investigation and planning; data retention counseling; transactions and disputes.

His litigation practice includes:

  • First and second chair litigation counsel for disputes in state and federal courts, predominantly those that involve technology and computer software, infringement of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, right of publicity, claims of unfair competition or false advertising.
  • Representation in arbitrations and mediations, administrative hearings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and arbitrations before ICANN-approved internet domain name dispute resolution organizations.
  • E-discovery, including the implementation of litigation plans for preserving, collecting, reviewing and producing electronically stored information.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Scoutmaster, Troop 166 in Bexley, Ohio; Past Senior Vice President for Membership and Executive Board Member, Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2016 – 2019
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, “Privacy and Cybersecurity: Best Practices, Potential Claims to Avoid,” Midwest Financial Services Regulatory and Compliance Conference, August 2015
  • Presenter, “FRCP Rules Proposal: A Look At The 2015 Rules Package,” Columbus Friends of E-Discovery, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Where Innovation Intersects Intellectual Property Law," OSBA Capital Conference, November 2014
  • Presenter, “License Agreement Litigation: Factors that Trigger Disputes," The Ohio State Bar Association, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Negotiating Software Contracts: What Every School Should Know Before Signing on the Dotted Line,” Ohio School Boards Association's Cyberlaw Seminar, March 2014

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
  • Registered, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional – United States (CIPP/US)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP/E)
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards & Recognition

  • Participant, Tunnell Leadership Development Program, 2019
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Intellectual Property), 2017–2018
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012–2015
  • Graduate, Leadership Columbus, Class of 2015

Education

  • The Ohio State University (J.D., 2005); Ohio State Law Journal
  • The Ohio State University (B.S., Computer Information Science and Engineering, 1998); Student Government; Sphinx Senior Honorary; Texnikoi Engineering Honorary; The Ohio State University Outstanding Senior Award