Cynthia J. Lee

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Law School

University of Florida, J.D. 1999, Justice Campbell Moot Court Team (Chair, 1998; Recipient, William C. Gaither Memorial Award for Outstanding Team Member, 1998). Selected as National Member of Order of the Barristers (1999). Florida Intellectual Property Group (President, 1997-1998).

undergraduate/graduate

University of Florida, B.A. Political Science 1994, Member, the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, University of Florida, B.S. Chemistry 1996

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Biography


Cynthia is an equity partner with Thomas | Horstemeyer. Cynthia practices in all aspects of intellectual property, including litigation, trademark prosecution, copyrights, trade secrets, and patent preparation and prosecution. 

Cynthia's main practice area focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright litigation, dispute resolution, and licensing. Due to her technical education and background, Cynthia effectively litigates patents spanning a wide variety of technologies. In addition, Cynthia's litigation practice includes a wide variety of trademark, trade dress, and copyright matters, as well as managing of Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Here are a few examples of Cynthia’s recent successes in litigation in 2019:

- Obtained multi-million dollar verdict and complete trademark injunction on behalf of foreign manufacturer against former U.S. distributor in arbitration;

- Obtained preliminary injunction in breach of contract action where the contract was resolving prior patent ligation;

- Obtained favorable six-figure settlement in mediation, as well as agreement that accused patent infringer would re-design its product;

- Successfully cancelled trademark registration of foreign registrant, alleging likelihood of confusion, priority of use by client, and non-use by registrant; and

- Reached agreement from accused trademark and patent infringer to complete cessation of all sales and remove accused products from its website on behalf of trademark and patent owner.

 

Clients appreciate Cynthia’s expertise in management of their domestic and international trademark portfolio. Her trademark work includes trademark applications and prosecution, trademark disputes, and providing opinions and advice on using and registering trademarks and on trademark infringement.

Cynthia also frequently assists her clients with their transactional IP needs. In additional to settlement agreements resulting from litigation, Cynthia has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting the following types of agreements with an emphasis on protecting her clients’ IP: confidentiality in complex arrangements, distribution agreements, regulatory agreements, joint development agreements, contract manufacturing and private labeling agreements, employment agreements relating to trade secrets and proprietary information and agreements to assign IP, agreements relating to software (end-user license, terms of service, privacy policy, development, distribution, and maintenance), as well as consulting and work for hire agreements, to name a few.

With respect to her patent preparation and prosecution practice, Cynthia is experienced in chemical and materials applications for both university and industry clients. General areas of Cynthia’s patent experience include the following technical areas, by way of example: OTC formulations; gypsum; antibodies and methods of purification; use of polynucleotides and polypeptides; DNA synthesis; microarray technology; lipoprotein assay devices and methods; immunological assay systems and methods; medical devices, including surgical devices and drug delivery (e.g., inhalers, stents) devices and coatings therefor; ink formulations; fabrics, including nonwoven fabrics and chemical and other modifications to various fabrics; papermaking and calendaring; processes for production of metallic articles by chemical conversion; microelectronic interconnect structures; chemical vapor deposition and modified chemical vapor deposition processes; emission control systems and oxygen sensor design; electron emission devices; and various mechanical devices. 

In addition, Cynthia provides clients with opinions on patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom to operate


Admissions


Cynthia is admitted to practice in Georgia and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia, Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, and the Court of Federal Claims.

Memberships


State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section; International Trademark Association (INTA); Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF); Intellectual Property Inn of Court; International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)


Awards


  • Georgia SuperLawyers "Rising Star" Award (2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012)