W. Thad Adams, III: Lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

W. Thad Adams, III

Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Co-Administrator
Charlotte,  NC  U.S.A.
Phone704.945.2901

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 5.0/5.0
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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Computer, Internet and Technology
  • Litigation
 
University North Carolina State University, B.S., 1968
 
Law SchoolUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1971
 
Admitted1971, North Carolina; United States Supreme Court; Supreme Court North Carolina; United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia; United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit; United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit; United States District Court Western District of North Carolina; United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina; United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina; United States District Court District of Colorado; United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin; Copyright Royalty Arbitration Panel of the United States Library of Congress; United States Patent and Trademark Office
 
Memberships 

Professional and Community Affiliations
•American Bar Association
•North Carolina Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Law Committee
•Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Panel, 1996 - 2008
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•International Trademark Association (INTA)
•INTA Panel of Neutrals and Certified Trademark Mediator
•Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association, President, 1988
•Charlotte World Trade Association, President, 1984 - 1985
•North Carolina World Trade Association, Board of Directors, 1984 -1987; 2nd Vice President, 1985 - 1986
•Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt American Inn of Court
•European-American Business Forum
•French-American Business Alliance

 
LanguagesGerman
 
BornRaleigh, North Carolina, July 4, 1946
 
Biography

W. Thad Adams, III, was born on July 4, 1946, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 and from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Juris Doctor degree in 1971. Thad began his professional practice of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1971--first with a large firm, then while building his own intellectual property law firm over a span of more than 30 years. In 2011 Thad, along with other attorneys and staff of Adams Intellectual Property Law, joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP--where Thad and his team are part of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. Thad is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group.

Thad is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and before the United States Copyright Royalty Arbitration Panel of the Library of Congress. He is also admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America and numerous lower courts.

Thad has carried an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for many years. In the past several years Thad has been retained by other patent counsel to evaluate litigation positions and offer expert testimony in several patent infringement cases. Thad has presented dozens of presentations on patent, trademark and copyright topics before legal, industrial and trade groups.

Honors
• AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• Best Lawyers in America, 2010 - 2015

News Releases

08.21.2014 82 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

07.17.2014 Charlotte Law Firm Prevails in Copyright Infringement Suit

08.15.2013 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014

08.28.2012 81 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013

 
Reported CasesPublished Decisions; Resorts of Pinehurst, Inc. v. Pinehurst National Development Corporation , 973 F. Supp. 552, 43 U.S.P.Q.2d 1746 (M.D.N.C. 1997). John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Inc. et al. v. James Steven Poovey et al. , 71 U.S.P.Q.2d 1929, 2004 WL 2108675 (W.D.N.C. 2004). Rushing v. Time Warner et. al. , 2006 WL 51764 (W.D.N.C. 2006). LaBounty Mfg., Inc. v. U.S. Intern. Trade Com'n , 867 F.2d 1572, 10 ITR 2500, 9 U.S.P.Q.2d 1995, 7 Fed. Cir. (T) 50 (Fed.Cir., Feb. 21, 1989) (NO. 87-1258, 87-1525). Nike, Inc. v. Variety Wholesalers, Inc. , 274 F. Supp. 2d 1352 (S.D. Ga 2003), aff'd sub nom. Nike, Inc. v. Variety Wholesalers, Inc. , 107 F. App'x 183 (11th Cir. 2004). LaBounty Mfg., Inc. v. U.S. Intern. Trade Com'n, 958 F.2d 1066, 13 ITRD 2281, 22 U.S.P.Q.2d 1025 (Fed.Cir., Mar. 12, 1992) (NO. 90_1282). LaBounty Mfg., Inc. v. U.S. Intern. Trade Com'n , 21 U.S.P.Q.2d 1992, 7 Fed.Cir. (T) 50 (Fed.Cir., Mar. 12, 1992) (NO. 90-1282). Whittaker Corp. by Technibilt Div. v. UNR Industries, Inc. , 911 F.2d 709, 15 U.S.P.Q.2d 1742 (Fed.Cir.(N.C.), Aug. 14, 1990) (NO. 89_1420). Concept Design Manufacturing and Electronics, Inc. v. Duplitronics, Inc. , 34 U.S.P.Q.2d 1789, (Fed.Cir., January 17, 1995). Concept Design Manufacturing and Electronics, Inc. v. Duplitronics, Inc. , 43 U.S.P.Q.2d 1112, (Fed.Cir., March 8, 1996). Concept Design Manufacturing and Electronics, Inc. v. Duplitronics, Inc. , 43 U.S.P.Q.2d 1114, (Fed.Cir., December 19, 1996). Clear Blue, Inc. v. Clear!Blue, Inc. , 3:07-CV-00339-W, 2008 WL 4104576 (W.D.N.C. Aug. 29, 2008). In re Duplitronics, Inc. , 183 B.R. 1010, 27 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 538, 29 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 300 (Bankr.N.D.I11., Jun. 20, 1995) (NO. 95 B 11220, 95 A 00642). Brunswick Beacon, Inc. v. Schock_Hopchas Pub. Co. , 810 F.2d 410, 1987 Copr.L.Dec. P 26,058, 1 U.S.P.Q.2d 1701, 13 Media L. Rep. 2030 (4th Cir.(N.C.), Jan. 23, 1987) (NO. 85-1389, 85-1733, 85-1784). National Ass'n of Broadcasters v. Copyright Royalty Tribunal , 809 F.2d 172, 1987 Copr.L.Dec. P 26,043, 1 U.S.P.a.2d 1379 (2nd Cir., Dec. 22, 1986) (NO. 1491, 1492, 1493, 86_4042, 86_4056, 86_4066). National Ass'n of Broadcasters v. Copyright Royalty Tribunal , 772 F.2d 922, 58 Rad. Reg. 2d (Pt Fl 1617, 249 U.S.App.D.C. 4, 227 U.S.P.Q. 203, 1985 Copr.L.Dec. P 25,832 (D.C.Cir., Aug. 30, 1985) (NO. 84-1230, 84-1519, 84-1232, 84-1233, 84-1234, 84-1238, 84-1396, 84-1398, 84-1399). Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. v. Copyright Royalty Tribunal , 720 F.2d 1295, 54 Rad. Reg. 2d (P & Fl 1214, 232 U.S.App.D.C. 68, 222 U.S.P.Q. 471, 1983 Copr.L.Dec. P 25,588 (D.C.Cir., Oct. 25, 1983) (NO. 82-1312, 82-1326, 82-1327, 82-1371, 82-1372, 82-1383). Wayne-Gossard Corp. v. Russell Hosiery Mills, Inc. , 483 F.2d 770, 179 U.S.P.Q. 193 (4th Cir.(N.C.), Aug. 30, 1973) (NO. 72-2344). Wayne_Gossard Corp. v. Moretz Hosiery Mills, Inc. , 447 F.Supp. 12, 199 U.S.P.Q. 87 (W.D.N.C., Sep 30, 1976) (NO. CIV. ST-C-73-24). Superguide Corp. v. Kegan , 987 F.Supp. 481, 44 U.S.P.Q.2d 1770 (W.D.N.C., Oct. 08, 1997) (NO. CIV. 4:97CV181). Wm. T. Burnett & Co., Inc. v. Cumulus Fibres, Inc. , 825 F.Supp. 734, 27 U.S.P.Q.2d 1953 (W.D.N.C., May 25, 1993) (NO. CIV. A. ST-C-90-91). The Keds Corporation v. Grasshopper Manufacturing Company Limited , 13 U.S.P.Q.2d 1576 (TTAB 1989). Crown Sterling, Inc. v. Clark , 815 F.Supp. 199, 1993_1 Trade Cases P 70,188 (N.D.Tex., Mar. 16, 1993) (NO. CIV A 3:91-CV-1045-X). U.S. Payphone, Inc. v. Executives Unlimited of Durham, Inc. , 781 F.Supp. 412, 1992 Copr.L.Dec. P 26,891, 21 U.S.P.Q.2d 1956 (M.D.N.C., Dec. 05, 1991) (NO. C_87_163_D). W.W. Enterprise, Inc. v. Charlotte Motor Speedway, Inc. , 753 F.Supp. 1326, 1991_1 Trade Cases P 69,326, 18 U.S.P.Q.2d 1219 (W.D.N.C., Dec. 19, 1990) (NO. C-C -0-324-P). Buyer's Direct, Inc. v. Belk, Inc. , 5:10-CV-65-H, 2010 WL 2680425 (E.D.N.C. July 1, 2010). Belk, Inc. v. Meyer Corp. , 3:07-CV-168-DCK, 2007 WL 4065320 (W.D.N.C. Nov. 15, 2007). Carotek, Inc. v. Kobayashi Ventures, LLC, 07 CIV. 11163 NRB, 2011 WL 4056746 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2011). Caraustar Indus., Inc. v. N. Georgia Converting, Inc. , 2006 WL 3751453. Alsop v. Carolina Custom Products, Inc. , EDCV 07-212VAP, 2007 WL 2441025 (C.D. Cal. June 29, 2007). Arkansas Best Corp. v. Carolina Freight Corp. , 60 F. Supp. 2d 517, 518 (W.D.N.C. 1999). U.S. Hosiery Corp. v. The Gap, Inc. , 707 F.Supp. 800, 10 U.S.P.Q.2d 1721(W.D.N.C., Feb. 13, 1989) (NO. ST-C-87-136). Sathers Inc. v. Caravan Candy Co. , 718 F.Supp. 1259 (W.D.N.C., Jan. 03, 1989) (NO. C-C-88 449-M). U.S. Hosiery Corp. v. The Gap, Inc., 707 F.Supp. 795 (W.D.N.C., Dec. 21, 1988) (NO. ST-C-87-136). Thomas v. Pansy Ellen Products, Inc. , 672 F.Supp. 237, 1988 Copr.L.Dec. P 26,235, 5 U.S.P.Q.2d 1322 (W.D.N.C., Oct. 14, 1987) (NO. C-C-87-79-P). John Lemmon Films, Inc. v. Atlantic Releasing Corp. , 617 F.Supp. 992, 227 U.S.P.Q. 386 (W.D.N.C., Sep 20, 1985) (NO. C-C-85-479-P). U.S. v. One (1) Lot of Approximately Twenty Thousand (20,000) Pairs of Counterfeit Blue Jeans Bearing the Jordache Trademark , 601 F.Supp. 476, 6 ITRD 1967, 225 U.S.P.Q. 616 (W.D.N.C., Jan. 02, 1985) (NO. C-C-83-936-M). Heath v. Swift Wings, Inc., 40 N.C.App. 158, 252 S.E.2d 526 (N.C.App., Mar. 06, 1979) (NO. 78248C367). Hudspeth v. Bunzey, 35 N.C.App. 231, 241 S.E.2d 119 (N.C.App., Feb. 07, 1978) (NO. 7726SC169). Mayhew Elec. Co. v. Carras , 29 N.C.App. 105, 223 S.E.2d 536, (N.C.App., Apr. 07, 1976) (NO. 7526DC992).
 
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128 South Tryon Street, Suite 1800
CharlotteNC 28202-5013




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