Christopher P. Bussert has more than 30 years of experience in helping clients protect and defend their most important assets and brands. Mr. Bussert represents clients in trademark, franchise, copyright, and unfair competition litigation, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in licensing and trademark clearance and prosecution matters.
Mr. Bussert was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Franchise Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law in 2019 and the 12 years immediately preceding, and was also named a 2015 “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Franchise Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. He was listed in “The Trademark Experts’ Experts” by World Trademark Review, and was selected in World Trademark Review’s inaugural guide to the top 1,000 trademark practitioners in the world. He is also listed in the “International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers”, the “International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers”, and the “International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” by Law Business Research Ltd. He was named a 2008 Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the areas of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation and Franchise/Dealership Law by Super Lawyers magazine.
Mr. Bussert has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 2012 “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property Law. In 2010, and again in 2018 and the three years immediately preceding, he was named a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times and was named by Legal Media Group to the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Lawyers. He was listed in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Chambers USA for Franchising and was also ranked nationally for Franchising in the 2017 and 2018 editions.
Mr. Bussert is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Intellectual Property – Trademarks category for Georgia from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). He received the 2010 University of Toledo College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Bussert is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
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- Represented Dwyer Group concept Glass Doctor. Successfully defended claim made by a former franchisee that the parties’ dispute must be arbitrated. Synergistic International, Inc. v. Monaghan, 2013 WL 5587269 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 10, 2013).
- Defended Network Communications Inc., a national publishing company, in a trademark infringement action. Obtained summary judgment that the plaintiff’s mark was generic. New Homefinders Inc. v. Network Communications Inc., No. 06-0442 (N.D. TX filed Feb. 26, 2008).
- Represented the National Football League in 1994 and 2000 in connection with obtaining multi-county preliminary injunction and seizure orders in connection with anticipated counterfeiting activities at Super Bowl XXXIV and XXVIII. National Football League Properties, Inc., St. Louis Rams Partnership and Tennessee Football, L.P. v. Does 1 through 100 (Fulton Co. Sup. Ct. 1994, 2000).
- Represented Roosevelt Thomas & Associates, a national diversity consulting firm, with negotiating license agreements with a number of global Fortune 500 companies to use the consulting firm’s copyrighted materials.
- Represented Dwyer Group concept Glass Doctor. Obtained a preliminary injunction against infringer. Synergistic International Inc. v. Windshield Doctor, Inc., 2003 WL 21468568 (C.D. Cal. April 28, 2003).
- Represented the Callaway Gardens Resort in connection with negotiating license agreements involving the organization’s nationally recognized CALLAWAY and CALLAWAY GARDENS brands.
- Represented Tandy Corporation, in connection with a license agreement between RadioShack and Cartoon Network, a Time Warner subsidiary, to allow RadioShack to use certain Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters in a national advertising campaign.
- Represented Two Men and a Truck. Obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction against an infringer and an award of attorney’s fees. Two Men and a Truck/International, Inc. v. Robert Lee Thomas, et al., 908 F. Supp. 2d 1029 (D. Neb. Nov. 7, 2012).
- Achieved a win on behalf of our client, The Dwyer Group and specifically its Mr. Appliance subsidiary, against Woodrow and Deborah Holloway, former Mr. Appliance franchisees, and The Appliance Doctor of Central Alabama, an appliance repair business operated by the Holloways. The Holloways were accused of violating their franchise agreements post-term non-compete provision and violating other obligations of their franchise agreement by failing to assign to Mr. Appliance their former MR. APPLIANCE telephone numbers. After a bench trial, we obtained a permanent injunction enforcing the non-compete provision to its full extent, an assignment of the Holloways’ former MR. APPLIANCE telephone numbers and award of attorneys’ fee. Mr. Appliance Corp. v. Woodrow Holloway et al., No. 6-004 (W.D. Tex. filed Jan. 7, 2010).
- Represented the National Football League and the New Orleans Saints in a trademark dispute involving rights in and to the designation “Who Dat”.
- Represented the National Football League and Atlanta Falcons in a trademark dispute involving rights in and to the “Dirty Bird” mark. Alan Weiss v. National Football League Properties, Inc. and Logo Athletic, Inc. and The Five Smiths, Inc. d/b/a The Atlanta Falcons, Case No. 1:99-CV-0928-RLV (N.D. Ga.).
- Represented The Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta Inc. in negotiating a license with Discovery Communications regarding use of the “SCITREK” mark.
- Represented an international medical products manufacturer in a cross license agreement with an international competitor with respect to worldwide rights in and to an identical mark used by each party.
- Achieved a win on behalf of our client, The Dwyer Group, and specifically its Mr. Electric subsidiary, against Alber Electric, a business operated by a former MR. ELECTRIC franchisee that was accused of trademark infringement and unfair competition. After a bench trial, we obtained a permanent injunction and an award of the infringer’s profits. Subsequently, obtained summary judgment against Khalil for his part of the infringement and later an award of attorney’s fees. Mr. Electric Corp. v. Reiad Khalil, et. al., No. 2:06-cv-02414-CM-GLR (D. Kan. 2009). Mr. Electric Corp. v. Khalil, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15723 (D. Kan. Feb. 6, 2013) and Mr. Electric v. Khalil, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 15176 (D. Kan. Oct. 16, 2013).
- Lead counsel for Two Men and A Truck. Successfully enforced right of first refusal to purchase trademark. Eliminated geographic concurrent restriction on company’s service mark registrations and created national trademark right. Two Men and A Truck Int’l, Inc. v. David Underwood, et. al., No. 11-00598 (E.D. Va. filed June 1, 2011).
- University of Toledo, J.D. (1983) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- Kalamazoo College, B.A., Biology (1978)
- Georgia (1986)
- Indiana (1983)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1986)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1992)
- Supreme Court of Georgia (1995)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2005)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2005)
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