Edward H. L. Playfair

Adams And Reese LLP

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Church Street 424
Nashville 37219 TN US

Edward Playfair serves clients’ intellectual property needs across the nation and around the world with a three-pronged practice: He counsels them on their transactional, enforcement and monetization matters, drawing on years of experience as both an IP attorney and in his previous career as a business consultant.

Edward serves as the firm’s Team Leader for the Intellectual Property Team. While Edward enjoys collaboration with clients, he also understands that many of them don’t want to micromanage. They want someone they can trust who they know has both their back and their brand’s back.

In his transactional practice, Edward helps clients roll out global brands, including trademark portfolio development and protection strategy. He partners with them to build brands, domestically and internationally, through trademark counseling, clearance, registration, and portfolio management.

Edward also drafts privacy policies and website terms of use (including cost-effective localization and compliance in multiple jurisdictions), and he performs due diligence in corporate transactions, securities and mergers and acquisitions.

On the enforcement front, Edward works to protect intellectual property rights, including trademark infringement actions, opposition and cancelation proceedings. He also handles domain name disputes and anti-cybersquatting actions.

Regarding monetization matters, Edward manages all legal aspects of trademark licensing and has a particular focus on domestic and multinational franchise systems including disclosure, registration, operations manual, franchise and ancillary agreements, renewal, termination and enforcement of rights against rogue and former franchisees.

Clients say they value Edward’s creativity and flexibility in his approach. For example, in one trademark matter before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Edward realized he needed to attack a blocking registration from the side rather than head on. This less-obvious strategy worked – at about a quarter of the cost of the direct frontal approach.

Born in Australia, raised in the United Kingdom, and now living in the United States, Edward brings an international perspective to advising clients. He practiced international law in the United Kingdom and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Multinational clients often turn to Edward because of this global experience and insight. They appreciate his ability to create and implement large, coordinated multijurisdictional strategies while ensuring that everything works together seamlessly, from one jurisdiction to the other, and not at odds with each other.


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