J. Damon Ashcraft

J. Damon Ashcraft: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
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Damon Ashcraft assists clients in identifying, protecting, and maximizing the value of their intellectual property. In that regard, he has experience conducting intellectual property audits, preparing patent and trademark applications, preparing intellectual property and software license agreements, and handling various intellectual property litigation matters, including actions for patent infringement. Damon has a keen understanding of the needs of emerging companies and is often called upon to identify and protect and monetize a company's intellectual property assets. Further, Damon often is called upon to provide training to clients' employees in identifying valuable intellectual property.

As a registered patent attorney, Damon prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the biotechnology, medical device, electronics, software and business method areas, and manages numerous global patent portfolios. His technical experience includes medical devices, software, microbiology, optics, pumps, heaters, ultrasound, semiconductors, wireless devices, software and circuitry.

Damon has experience in domestic and foreign trademark registration and currently manages numerous trademark portfolios. Further, he enforces and defends clients’ trademark rights before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in various federal and state courts. Damon has represented trademark owners in numerous domain name disputes resolved by the Universal Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, or “UDRP.”

He also negotiates intellectual property and software assignments, license agreements, material transfer agreements and research development agreements. Damon’s practice further includes assisting clients in handling intellectual property transfer and due diligence during mergers and acquisitions. His experience with mergers and acquisitions include serving as the principal intellectual property attorney on deals valued in the range of twenty-five million dollars to over eight hundred million dollars.

Damon is a frequent speaker on various intellectual property topics and has authored and co-authored various articles. He is also an active member of the International Trademark Association ( INTA ) and the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) of Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which has a significant role in Internet governance.

As part of his role with ICANN, Damon represented the IPC as their delegate to ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) which appoints 50 percent of ICANN's Board of Directors and other key leadership positions within ICANN. In September 2017, ICANN's Board appointed Damon as Chair-Elect of the NomCom.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• High Stakes, Co-Author, Intellectual Property Magazine (January 29, 2018)
• Global Dreams Intellectual Property-Going Global, Presenter, SBDC Maricopa County Community College, Phoenix, Arizona (2017)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2017, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Scottsdale, Arizona (2017)
• The Big Internet Transition and the New Opportunities for Your Business, Author, Corporate Counsel (October 28, 2016)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2016, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Scottsdale, Arizona (2016)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2015, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Scottsdale, Arizona (2015)
• Intellectual Property Overview and Training Seminar, Presenter, Private Client Presentation, Scottsdale, Arizona (2014)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2014, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Scottsdale, Arizona (2014)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2013, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Scottsdale, Arizona (2013)
• Patent Strategies: How to Turn Patents Into Profits, Presenter, Maricopa Community College Small Business Development Center, Phoenix, Arizona (2012)
• Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Software, Presenter, iOS Developers' Group, Phoenix, Arizona (2012)
• How to Prepare Your Business for 2012, Co-Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar Series, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, Arizona (2012)
• Protecting Your Inventions in China-Considerations Related to Chinese Patent Law, Co-Author, Global Connection (2011)
• Intellectual Property Protection in China, Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer (2011)
• Colors, Shapes, Sounds, and Smells, It's Not Just a Name Anymore, Speaker, 'Work and Play' presentation, Snell & Wilmer, Denver, Colorado (2010)
• Intellectual Property Law Update, Speaker, Snell & Wilmer, Denver, Colorado (2010)
• Making Your Mark-Tips for Identifying, Adopting, and Protecting a Trademark, Co-Author (2010)
• Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Speaker, Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona Professional Science Master's Program, Tucson, Arizona (2009)
• Intellectual Property Licensing: Forging Relationships to Create Opportunities and Maximize Results, Speaker, Arizona Center for Innovation in Tucson, Arizona (2008)
• Trademark Practice and Tips, Speaker, Snell & Wilmer (2008)
• Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, Contributing Author, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Chapter (2008)
• Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Speaker, University of Arizona Professional Science Master's Program (2007)
• Legal Issues in Advertising and Marketing, Moderator, The International Trademark Association's roundtable discussion (2007)
• Strategies for Protecting Innovations and Brand Assets, Speaker, Arizona Product Development and Management Association (2006)
• Computers and the Law and Intellectual Property for Computer Scientists, Numerous lectures, University of Missouri (2002-2004)

Community Involvement

•Arizona Bar Foundation (2017)
•Board of Directors
•Epiphany Lutheran Church Board of Ministries
•President (2009-2010)
•President-Elect (2008-2009)
•Whitewing at Krueger Homeowners' Association
•Director (2017)
•Avalon at Dobson Crossings Homeowners' Association
•President (2014-2016)
•Vice President, Treasurer (2010-2013)
•Secretary (2009)
•Habitat for Humanity
•Volunteer and Build Coalition Organizer (2007-2017)
•Snell & Wilmer Community Involvement Committee (2012-2017)

Other Professional Experience

•Etherton Law Group, LLC, Associate, Phoenix, AZ
•Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C., Associate, St. Louis, MO
•Jacox, Meckstroth and Jenkins, Patent Attorneys, Law Clerk, Dayton, OH
•The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Intern, Arlington, VA

Related News & Events

Sep 28
ICANN Appoints Phoenix Partner Damon Ashcraft as Nominating Chair for 2019
Apr 28
Snell & Wilmer Partner Damon Ashcraft Appointed to the Nominating Committee of ICANN
Jan 11
Snell & Wilmer Partner Damon Ashcraft Appointed to Chair Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association
Jul 21
Intellectual Property Today Recognizes Snell & Wilmer as Top 20 Trademark Firm in the United States
Jan 03
Snell & Wilmer Names 11 New Partners

Related Publications

Jan 28
Legal Alert - On a Collision Course: How Domain Name Collision Could be Your Biggest Security Threat
Sep 06
Global Connection - September 2011
Feb 11
Global Connection - February 2010
Sep 30
Global Connection - September 2009

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Emerging Business
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
  • International
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6389  Phone
University Attended:
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, B.S., Biology, Dean's List, 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2002; Top 20% of Law School Class, CALI Award for Highest Grade in Class, Corporations
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Missouri; United States District Court, District of Arizona; Supreme Court of Illinois; United States Patent and Trademark Office; United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Arizona; Missouri; Illinois; Supreme Court of Arizona

Professional Memberships and Activities

•ICANN Nominating Committee
•Chair Elect (2017-2018)
•Delegate (2016-2017)
•Intellectual Property Constituency
•Delegate to ICANN's NomCom (2016-2017)
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•International Trademark Association
•Internet Committee
•Future of IP on the Internet and at ICANN Subcommittee, Chair (2016-2017)
•Internet Governance and Contracts Subcommittee, Chair (2014-2015)
•Governance Subcommittee, Member (2010-2014)
•Member (2010-2017)
•Arizona Bar Association
•Missouri Bar Association
•Illinois Bar Association
•Maricopa County Bar Association

Representative Transactions: Significant Experience; Representing private equity funds, and public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions and joint ventures, including transactions involving industrial manufacturing, telecommunications, energy and commercial retail; Advising various companies in private placement transactions and in federal and state securities laws; Assisting start-up and mature companies in entity formation and corporate/ organizational governance, including limited liability companies, partnerships, and buy-sell agreements; Representing various clients in the negotiation and preparation of various types of commercial contracts, including agreements for supply/distribution, technology license, outsourcing service contracts, and other general commercial agreements; Advising various commercial banks and private lenders in secured lending transactions and corporate financings; Assisting in preparing and negotiating buy-sell agreements, structuring management buy-outs, and resolving shareholder/management disputes; Advising in the formation, organization and governance of non-profit organizations and related matters; Selected Recent Transactions; Transaction counsel to a Utah professional corporation in the sale of its medical services business to a strategic buyer; Counsel to purchaser in recent 90 million asset acquisition of an industry competitor; Counsel to a Utah-based agriculture company in the sale of its business to an industry competitor; Counsel to leading manufacturer and supplier of wheel rims in a variety of joint venture, development agreements and other commercial transactions, including in a recent acquisition of an industry competitor and divesture of its drive-axle business; Counsel to management group in compensation/equity roll-over in the sale of a Utah-based manufacturing company to private equity buyer; Counsel to a public company in the recent sale of its farm equipment division to a strategic buyer; Counsel to manufacturer and supplier of seating components for trucks in the sale of its business to a strategic buyer; Counsel to commercial retail in the partial divesture of its business to an industry competitor; Counsel to a private equity investor of its acquisition of a specialty metals company; Counsel for private equity investor in providing secured and unsecured loans to portfolio companies, including acquisition/development loans; Counsel to stockholders in their sale of equity interest in a colocation business to an industry competitor; Represented a Caribbean-based telecommunications operator in its sale to a large international telecommunications provider; Primary counsel to first aid supply company in the sale of its business to an international conglomerate; Served as counsel to various private equity groups in providing secured financings of emerging growth companies; Counsel to a Utah non-profit organization that provides access to musical instruments in high-risk areas of Salt Lake City; advised client in forming, obtaining tax exempt status and non-profit governance

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