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Intellectual Property

Protorae Law is pleased to announce the launch of its Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice along with the addition of five new attorneys.  The practice, led by new member Antigone Peyton, also includes members Clyde Findley and Kandis Koustenis, of counsel Jennifer Atkins, and associate attorney Amanda Hebert, all former attorneys of Cloudigy Law PLLC which was based in McLean, VA.

The firm’s new IP and Technology Law practice focuses on Patent, Trademark, and Copyright services in addition to Cybersecurity and Privacy, Trade Secrets, and IP Litigation for clients ranging from large corporations to startups.  The group’s experience includes practicing law in some of the largest firms in the world and roles as former innovators, having been scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, brand consultants, and in-house counsel.

“The addition of the IP and Technology Law practice broadens our firm’s ability to offer clients strategic counseling and litigation services to protect their brands and intellectual property.  Our new attorneys provide a unique combination of scientific credentials and legal experience that enable them to guide clients on an array of intellectual property issues. We are thrilled to offer this additional portfolio of services to new and existing clients, and are already seeing positive results from matching our new IP attorneys to our existing client base,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

Regarding their transition to Protorae Law Antigone Peyton said, “Great results flow from a proactive, collaborative, and strategic evaluation of each company’s position relating to IP protection. Our new colleagues share our philosophical approach, which guides us naturally to recommend creative solutions that match a client’s goals as well as their budgets.”

Antigone Peyton focuses on intellectual property litigation and IP portfolio management and growth strategies involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Her litigation and counseling practices also include unfair competition, DMCA violations, computer fraud, and technology law issues including social media, IoT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. She worked for the former Chief Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Honorable Kimberly Moore at the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Peyton received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law, her Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.

Clyde Findley focuses his practice on the legal protection of software and related technologies. His focus is a natural evolution of a 20-year first career as a software developer. Many of Clyde’s early years also included executive positions in upper management at technology companies as well as ownership of two small software engineering firms. From that broad base of engineering and business experience, Clyde is able to provide strategic counseling and advice on a variety of technical and business issues.  Clyde received his Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law.

Kandis Koustenis focuses her practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, and enforcement. Her counseling practice includes the strategic review and management of multi-national trademark portfolios as well as transactional matters such as licensing and due diligence. Kandis also has experience in advertising review, false advertising disputes, and domain name enforcement. She clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jennifer Atkins represents clients in civil litigation and appellate matters involving intellectual property, unfair competition, contract disputes, products liability, discrimination, antitrust, consumer protection, and constitutional challenges. Her commercial litigation and appellate clients come from a variety of industries including construction, architecture, software, brand consulting, insurance, energy, telecommunications, food and beverage, broadcasting, and pharmaceutical products. She clerked for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

Amanda Hebert focuses her practice on intellectual property portfolio management, dispute resolution, and technology related contracts. She is also a member of the Business Litigation practice team. Her experience includes trademark clearance and prosecution; copyright filings; and preparation of TOS, EULAs, and privacy policies. Hebert received her law degree from William and Mary Law School.

Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Corporate & Business Entities, Government Contracts, Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Commercial Lending, Real Estate, Construction Law, Trusts and Estates, Business Breakups, and Business Litigation.