Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property group works as a strategic business partner to help clients of all sizes protect, monetize and defend their intellectual work and creative endeavors. Our team has decades of collective experience in representing individuals and companies of all sizes across most industries in complex patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright, entertainment and other matters. This includes technology companies, businesses engaged in manufacturing, distribution and retail, hospitality and entertainment, agriculture, food and beverage, inventors, authors, artists and entertainers, entrepreneurs, and many others.

With a team led by Partners Karl Braun in Nashville, Justin Kerenyi and Rodney R. Miller in Atlanta, and Daniel C. Miller and Nicole A. Callahan in New York City, our attorneys bring technical knowledge and industry expertise to every matter. When our clients are threatened by allegations of infringement or breach of contract suits or pursuing action against someone who has infringed upon their rights, we take an aggressive stance on litigation to protect their interests.

We help clients protect the valuable work and intellectual property that they have invested their time, energy and resources into. Our team works closely with senior leadership to analyze the opportunities and risks of each matter that arises, develop a litigation strategy that aligns with broader business goals, and execute against that plan to achieve the desired outcome.

We have extensive experience litigating matters, representing claimants and defendants across numerous industries including semiconductors, consumer products, Internet technologies, cloud and storage technologies, telecommunications, hardware and software systems, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, manufacturing, distribution and retail, hospitality, insurance and media and entertainment. Our team has litigated in numerous U.S. District Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and we have represented clients in post-grant proceedings including inter partes review (IPR), as well as other proceedings, before the both the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards.

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Understanding, protecting and monetizing the value of intellectual assets requires a strategic, thoughtful and purposeful approach. We assist clients with all types of I.P. transactions including assignments, licensing, technology transfer, copyright, trademark and patent portfolio analysis and valuation, due diligence and patent prosecution, trademark and copyright application registration and maintenance, trade secret protection.

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Our Entertainment Law team represents individuals and companies across the entire industry and on all sides of transactions. We work with artists, producers, managers, talent agents, entrepreneurs, and companies involved in music, film, TV, recording, digital streaming, advertising, on-line services, gaming, intellectual property exploitation, publishing catalog transactions, due diligence, as well as new and emerging technologies.

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Our team’s technical career experience and knowledge in fields such as computer science, software development, database systems, Internet architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics is an invaluable asset to clients involved in technology intellectual property disputes.

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Related Industries


Representing creative minds and creative businesses,  Hall Booth Smith provides clients with the business advice and legal guidance needed to succeed in the ever-evolving multimedia entertainment marketplace.

From day-to-day business operations and management advice to transactional guidance and dispute resolution, our attorneys help those in the entertainment industry manage talent and preserve, protect and actualize their entertainment property and services. We have critical access to key players in the entertainment industry and provide clients with the business-oriented and dedicated legal advice needed to thrive.

Transactional and litigation attorneys work together seamlessly, handling all of our clients’ legal needs and helping them achieve their goals. Our experience is diverse and includes advising clients regarding music, film, television, software, books and other print media, advertising, and graphic, visual and performing arts, social media and gaming, negotiating the full range of transaction documents and industry agreements, and litigating disputes. We assure that our clients’ creativity and their rights in creative works are fully protected.

As active members of various respected industry-leading societies, including NARAS, CMA,  we remain at the forefront of industry trends and legal developments. Our attorneys speak regularly on industry panels, contribute as writers to respected industry publications and serve on boards of several industry non-profit organizations.

Food & Agriculture

Scientific developments, technological efficiencies, global trade, and government support and regulation have changed food and fiber production in the United States into a sophisticated and complex business. From a farmer’s field to a consumer’s kitchen table, complicated legal issues now arise for growers, agribusinesses, distributors, brokers, and food retailers. Hall Booth Smith (HBS) specializes in providing legal counsel to and litigation and regulatory advocacy for farmers and agribusinesses.

Because most of our Agriculture Law Practice Group attorneys either grew up on a farm, earned degrees in agriculture, or have spent their careers counseling farmers and agribusinesses, our specific and keen understanding of the business practices and needs of farmers and agribusinesses superiorly position us to handle any agricultural matter. With six offices located throughout Georgia and offices in South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, we couple the expertise and reputation of a large firm with the accessibility of a local firm.

The legal issues farmers and agribusinesses face are often unique to the agriculture sector. For example, HBS handles issues for buyers and sellers under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), a complex federal statute which establishes a code of fair business practices that protects businesses dealing in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. In many cases, the laws relevant to the issues facing agriculturists arise out of the laws and regulations that are applicable to any contract, insurance policy, property right, business organization, or succession plan.

Government & Municipalities

With a team of former and current government leaders , and those actively involved in various areas of government, HBS offers comprehensive representation and advice to those in government, including states, counties, cities, non-profits and other related industries.

Our team members are regarded as among the most influential leaders in the state of Georgia and are repeatedly recognized for their work on behalf of clients in the government arena. Regularly interacting with legislative leaders concerning client needs, we maintain close working relationships with elected officials, appointed officials, and agency staff, enhancing our ability to provide expertise and counsel. Leveraging our connections, regulatory know-how and legal experience, we work with local, county and state government officials to craft good policy and address our clients’ legislative, regulatory and legal concerns.

HBS attorneys assist clients with the full range of local, county and state government affairs, regulatory matters, lobbying efforts, and political and campaign finance issues. Understanding the regulatory framework which affects our clients’ business operations, we are particularly adept at helping related regulated industries such as utilities, energy and trade associations, telecommunication companies, health care, insurance, local governments, and nonprofit organizations with compliance matters.