Chris Stewart

Partner

500 S Taylor, Suite 900, Amarillo, Texas 79101 | (806) 358-8116

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Practice Areas

Trademark | Copyright | Trade Secrets | Intellectual Property  | Computer and Internet Law | Publishing |Rights of Publicity and Privacy


Trademark - File federal, state, and international trademark registrations and renewals. Draft and negotiate trademark licensing agreements, royalty agreements, consent and concurrent use agreements, and franchise agreements. Draft and respond to cease and desist letters. Prosecute and defend trademark infringement claims, trademark litigation, and Trademark Trial and Appeal (TTAB) oppositions and cancellations. Draft trademark assignments.

Copyright - File U.S. copyright registrations (images, music and literary works). Draft and negotiate copyright licensing agreements, royalty agreements, and work made for hire agreements. Prosecute and defend copyright infringement claims and copyright litigation.

Trade Secrets - Draft non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. Draft and negotiate non-compete agreements. Draft communications, computer and internet policies and agreements for employers. Draft and negotiate exclusive territory and license agreements. Prosecute trade secret theft litigation.

Intellectual Property - Perform business-wide intellectual property audits. Draft and negotiate patent license agreements. Conduct due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Handle IP holding company transactions.

Computer and Internet Law Litigation - Draft website terms and conditions, end user license agreements, software, website and mobile phone application development agreements, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notices. Obtain domain name and Trademark Clearinghouse registrations. Draft domain name transfer agreements. Handle domain name arbitrations and litigation.

Publishing - Draft and negotiate traditional, self-publishing, and digital publishing contracts.

Rights of Publicity and Privacy - Draft model and talent releases. Handle right of publicity and misappropriation litigation.

Biography

Education:

J.D. with honors – University of Nebraska 1996

B.A. magna cum laude – West Texas A&M University 1992

Admissions:

Texas, 1999

Kansas, 1997 (inactive)

Missouri, 1996

Reported Cases:

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. v. Petkin, Inc., 91217064 (TTAB 2016)
Tayama v. RIOM Corporation, 2012 WL 556007 (N.D. Tex. 2012).
Wilkins v. Wilkins, 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 6243 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2009)
In re N&T Specialty Welding & Mfg., 2008 WL 5050301 (Tex. App.--Amarillo 2008, orig. proceeding)
In re: Myers, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 1128 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2006)
Duke Energy Field Services, L.P. v. Meyer, 190 S.W. 3d 149 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2005)
Spectrum Vision Systems, Inc. v. Spectera, Inc., 35 F. Supp. 2d 797 (D. Kan. 1998)
National Cable Television Co-op v. Viacom International, 37 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (D. Kan. 1998)
Hale v. Roberson, 1998 LEXIS 13316 (W.D. Mo. 1998)

Work History:

Partner – Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP Amarillo, TX 2012-present

Sole Shareholder – Law Office of Chris Stewart, P.C., Amarillo, TX 2006-2012

Partner – Gwinn & Roby, LLP, Amarillo, TX 2003-2006 (became Partner in 2006)

Associate – Gibson, Oschner & Adkins, LLP, Amarillo, TX 2001-2003

Attorney – Brown & Fortunato, PC, Amarillo, TX 1999-2001

Associate, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP, Kansas City, MO 1996-1999

Professional Memberships and Associations:

State Bar of Texas (Member, Intellectual Property Law, Computer and Technology, and Litigation Sections)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Missouri Bar

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Amarillo Area Bar Association

Lubbock County Bar Association

Awards:

Named Top 20 Under 40 by Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 2009

AV® Peer Review rating by the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Named to the Texas Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in Texas for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list. Rising Stars is a Thomson Reuters Business

Order of the Coif

Nebraska Law Review, member

Community Involvement:

Entrepreneur support volunteer work through regular talks at Small Business Development Centers throughout West Texas

Trinity Fellowship Church; Life Group Leader

West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center, Advisory Board

Enterprize Challenge, Judge (2008, 2009)

Personal:

Chris Stewart is a trademark attorney serving clients across the United States.  Chris and his team handle trademark registrations, trademark litigation and trademark negotiations and agreements.  Chris and his team have obtained 600+ U.S. trademark registrations dating back over two decades.  Chris has obtained more U.S. trademark registrations than any other attorney in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains.  Chris and his team have also registered trademarks around the world, most frequently in Mexico, Canada, the European Union, Australia and China. 

Before Chris focused his practice on intellectual property, he was a commercial litigator.  He has first chaired multiple jury and bench trials.  He often serves as local counsel for other attorneys and law firms in federal court cases. 

Chris actively litigates trademark infringement lawsuits filed in federal court. Chris also handles litigation in opposition, cancellation and concurrent use proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), as well as handling domain name arbitration proceedings and social media takedowns.          

Chris’ busy transaction practice involves license agreements, territory agreements, and franchise agreements.  

Chris’ clients see the value in protecting their brand.  The motto for the trademark practice group keeps the focus on the client: You’ve Worked Hard To Build Your Good Name®.  His clients are all sizes; they range from individuals and small businesses, to international companies.   

Chris is a creative problem solver who understands the journey of the entrepreneur.  Chris is sought out for his general business knowledge, as well as legal advice.  Many of Chris’ clients see him as their outside general counsel providing advice on a wide variety of legal issues.       

 Chris’ most frequent referral source is other attorneys.  These attorneys often remark that Chris is their “go to lawyer” for all things trademark.