Scott E. Taylor

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8729
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Scott is a partner and chair of the Intellectual Property practice, co-chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, and co-chair of the Logistics & Transportation industry team. He also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He advises and defends major companies in critical business matters. For nearly 30 years, he’s represented some of the most notable leaders in the retail, restaurant, franchise, transportation, logistics, telecommunications, warehousing, manufacturing, and technology industries.

Clients trust Scott to find solutions to disruptions as they occur across both domestic and international business dealings. His depth of practice provides the important edge clients need to resolve disputes related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing, advertising, trade secrets, domain names, franchises, contracts, employment, real estate, and general commercial matters. Further, Scott has experience resolving matters related to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and represents clients in land use and zoning matters relating to the location and construction of telecommunications facilities. Scott also litigates claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Experience

  • Successfully defended medical device manufacturer in federal court bench trial against claims for breach of license and assertion of over 10 million dollars in damages. 822 F.Supp.2d 1263 (appeal pending). Unlike a typical breach of contract claim, the issues in this case required proving patent non-infringement and tendering expert testimony in a highly niche area of x-ray technology.

  • Successfully represented a major wireless telecommunications provider in lawsuits against various governmental entities for claims arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Lawsuits have resulted in more than 2 dozen federal court orders or settlements requiring that permits be issued for the placement of wireless telecommunications facilities.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of client sued for numerous claims relating to lease of a cold storage facility/warehouse and dispute with landlord relating to use of the facility and the property surrounding the facility. Obtained very favorable settlement terms (including dismissal of all claims against client) following the entry of summary judgment.

  • Following the filing of federal lawsuit and motion for injunctive relief, obtained successful settlement for home medical service provider on its claims for federal trademark infringement and various state law violations (including deceptive trade practices, dilution and unfair competition) against a competitor who had misappropriated client’s trademark.

  • Successfully defended a request for preliminary injunction brought by a major snack food manufacturer against another snack food manufacturer, alleging trade dress infringement based upon the respective companies’ product packaging.

  • Represented a consumer products company in a suit against a competitor for trademark infringement and violations of Georgia’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed an order granting summary judgment to our client.

  • Obtained favorable settlement for a consumer products company in its trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against an international counterfeiter. Conducted an ex parte seizure of counterfeit goods stored at a warehouse with the assistance of U.S. Marshals.

  • Represented a cold storage transportation and warehouse company in an arbitration action involving alleged breach of contract involving the storage and blast freezing of bovine hides. Following discovery, negotiated a resolution of all claims on terms favorable to client.

  • Represented major metropolitan housing authority defending claims brought by a member of a redevelopment company against the housing authority for alleged breach of contract and various tort claims. Obtained order of dismissal of all claims against client at the pleadings stage of the litigation. The trial court’s dismissal was affirmed by the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Credentials

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Juris Doctor,
    cum laude
    • Editor-in-Chief, Georgia State University Law Review
    • Intrastate Moot Court Competition Team
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
  • State of Georgia 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2019
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 2016
  • United States Supreme Court 2014
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 1991
  • Superior Courts of Georgia 1990
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 1990
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 1990
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 1990
    • International Trademark Association
    • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
    • Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (Litigation – Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law), 2013-20

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