Scott Raymond Austin is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property attorney with a desire and vision to build lasting relationships and secure the brands and innovations that shape online business and technology.
He is proud for the past 30 years to have obtained Intellectual Property protection for and defended through litigation some of the most innovative Fortune 500’s and start-ups in America and around the world.
With an understanding of both the technical (programming background) and business (MBA and business founder) aspects of protecting and monetizing brands and technology Scott views the litigation process as a tool – a means to achieve a business objective.
He is also one of seven members worldwide of ICANN’s Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel as well as a member of the National Arbitration Forum panel of neutrals arbitrating international domain name disputes under ICANN’s UDRP, URS and PICDRP processes.
He has represented clients before the ITC and in federal court on patent, trademark and copyright infringement claims and defending against patent trolls. He also protects brands before the TTAB in trademark oppositions and cancellations, and in DMCA takedowns involving content copyright infringement and online defamation.
Scott’s experience in enforcement and defense of brands, creative works and online content is worldwide and covers many industries, including: fashion houses, film, television and media producers, health care providers, health and fitness products, professional athletes and college sports teams, news organizations, book publishers, producers of wine, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and firearms, education and religious institutions, and automobile manufacturers.
Scott also has contributed to changes in IP laws, policies and regulations through participation on major committees and working groups for legal and trade associations such as INTA, ICANN and The Florida Bar Business Law Section.
Prior to joining VLP, Scott served as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Business Transactions practice groups of a national West Coast law firm.
Scott has taught intellectual property law as an adjunct professor of law and chaired the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Corporations, Securities and Financial Services Committee for two terms.
He has received awards from the Florida Bar for his work on revisions to Florida’s business law statutes, which were adopted by the Florida legislature.
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