Elizabeth R. Burkhard is an attorney in Holland & Knight’s Boston office who focuses her practice on transactional matters in the areas of intellectual property (IP) licensing, electronic commerce and information technology (IT), data security and privacy, as well as intellectual property portfolio protection.
IP Licensing and M&A Transactions
Ms. Burkhard advises clients on a variety of IP and IT matters, in particular in connection with mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, including conducting due diligence and negotiating IP terms related to ownership and licensing of IP, software development and integration, open source software issues, and IT and information security matters. Ms Burkhard also advises clients in connection with IP licenses, IT outsourcing transactions, online social networking issues, electronic contracting, as well as contract issues related to regulatory compliance.
IP Portfolio Protection
Ms. Burkhard's IP portfolio protection work involves obtaining and maintaining rights under trademark, copyright and trade secret laws in a variety of industries, including software, emerging technologies, online retail, entertainment and education. She has experience assisting clients in various aspects of trademark protection, including prosecuting and defending inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, prosecuting trademark related complaints through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) domain name dispute resolution procedure, as well as drafting and negotiating trademark license, consent, assignment and domain name transfer agreements.
Privacy and Information Security
Ms. Burkhard also has significant experience advising clients regarding "best practices" in data privacy and protection, including internal investigations and assessments of risk and compliance with state privacy and security laws, developing and writing company policies and procedures, and establishing international compliance frameworks for companies. Ms. Burkhard’s M&A transactional experience also involves due diligence and advising clients related to privacy and information security matters relevant to buying and selling companies.
Ms. Burkhard provides pro bono intellectual property advice and assistance to nonprofit organizations benefiting children, veterans and cancer patients.
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