Charles P. Bacall

Charles P. Bacall: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • With years of experience in the fields of trademark and copyright, Charlie is instrumental in the screening, registration, licensing and enforcement of national and international trademark portfolios for a number of companies. His practice also involves him in the drafting and negotiation of software development, distribution and licensing agreements and other technology contracts.
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Charlie helps businesses and individuals identify, protect and exploit their intellectual property assets.

With years of experience in the fields of trademark and copyright law, Charlie assists businesses (including many brand owners with international trademark portfolios) with the selection, screening, registration, licensing and enforcement of marks and other work product. Due to his familiarity with both intellectual property and business law, he often serves in an outside general counsel role to companies that rely on intellectual property for their competitive advantage.

Charlie’s practice goes beyond the basics of registering and protecting intellectual property assets; he also advises clients as they develop and implement new intellectual property, helping them avoid or resolve unintentional conflicts. For instance, he represents a number of marketing and advertising firms and helps them navigate the complex relationships involved in developing intellectual property for their clients and for themselves, as well as obtaining rights to use existing content in their work. Similarly, he has advised a wide variety of content publishers and producers, including software developers, writers, photographers and musicians. His work for these clients frequently involves drafting and negotiating contracts, such as license and distribution agreements, joint marketing agreements and supply agreements, as well as counseling clients about transactions involving their work product.

Charlie is a frequent guest lecturer on intellectual property topics at the University of Maine Law School and for Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where Charlie has contributed many hours of pro bono service to members of the arts community.

When not involved in intellectual property pursuits, Charlie can be found cycling or running in Greater Portland. He has run the Beach to Beacon 10K five years in a row. Charlie is a home brewer who appreciates the complexity of the brewing process and the variety of styles that can be achieved from such basic ingredients. Among other community service endeavors, Charlie volunteers at the North Yarmouth Historical Society, where he serves as a board member and as Treasurer.


Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Portland, Maine Trademark
Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Portland, Maine Copyright
Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2014 Portland, Maine Trademark
Law Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Copyright Law, Corporate
Law, Trademark Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Intellectual Property and Business/Corporate
Named a Local Litigation Star for Intellectual Property by Benchmark Litigation


Charles is professional, accessible and diligent.
Best Lawyers 2018 Portland, ME Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year”
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.


Allagash Brewing Company

Always an Adventure. From humble beginnings in a small Portland warehouse to winning a gold medal at the American Beer Festival, Verrill Dana has supported and toasted the success of Allagash Brewing Company.
Artel, Inc.
The best medicine begins with the best ideas. Verrill Dana helps Artel in obtaining patents and trademarks for their medical innovations.
Commercial Health Insurance Product
We created and implemented an innovative health care benefit product for an association of employers creating a captive insurance company.
Attrezzi, LLC: Trademark Infringement
Our litigation team secured an important victory for a regional retailer of household and kitchen goods against an international manufacturer of kitchen appliances which had adopted our client’s name and trademark for a new product line.
Chamilia, LLC
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it can also be patent and trademark infringement. Chamilia counts on Verrill Dana to protect its most valuable asset: its intellectual property.
Copyright Infringement: Unauthorized Retransmission
We represented CBS affiliated client WABI -TV station in a copyright infringement case against Time Warner Cable in USDC in Maine alleging 137 counts of infringement based upon unauthorized retransmission over cable network of television programs.
Franchisor Representation: Termination of Franchisee/Dealer
We represented a Maine-based manufacturer/distributor of automated retrieval systems who needed assistance defending its termination of a Minnesota-based dealer of its products. Calling on their extensive experience and knowledge of state franchise laws around the United States, and Maine Franchise Law in particular, our team of litigators was able to gain a favorable arbitration result by establishing that our client had no liability in terminating this dealer.
Gifford’s Dairy: Trademark Infringement
We represented a long time Maine family ice cream manufacturer in a trademark infringement case against a Maryland ice cream manufacturer in US District Court.
Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.
Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction
To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.
Oakhurst Dairy: The Natural Goodness of an Enduring Legacy
Oakhurst Dairy has been a family-owned business for three generations. When the Bennett family decided the sale of Oakhurst was best for the company’s growth and long term success, they sought Verrill Dana’s guidance to ensure the transaction honored their company, its employees and the values that have made Oakhurst a trusted brand since 1921.
Patent Infringement: Internet Browsers and Applications
We successfully achieved the dismissal of our client Argosy Publications from a patent infringement suit where the plaintiff was asserting a claim based upon a patent it used to win an 800 million dollar judgment against Microsoft in a previous litigation.
State-Wide Electronic Health Information Exchange
Verrill Dana attorneys worked on behalf of our client to effect statutory changes to Maine law that would allow for the creation of one of the nation’s first state-wide health information exchanges.
The VIA Group, LLC
In addition to helping screen for potential intellectual property conflicts, we help Via negotiate contracts with their clients that allow the client to use the materials Via develops without stifling Via’s creativity.


August 25, 2017
And Now for the Greatest Global Trade Story...Ever!
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Charles P. Bacall

July 27, 2017
Lawyer Up: Check Out These Excellent Legal Brewing Podcasts from the Attorneys at Verrill Dana
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Tawny L. Alvarez, Charles P. Bacall, Douglas F. Britton, Debra R. Cardinali, James I. Cohen, Kelly A. Donahue, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, William C. Knowles, Jay Nutting, Kevin J. O’Connell, Michael V. Saxl

July 18, 2017
Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit
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Tawny L. Alvarez, Charles P. Bacall, Douglas F. Britton, Kelly A. Donahue, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Mark K. Googins, William C. Knowles

November 1, 2016
Patent Attorney John Powell Joins Verrill Dana’s Intellectual Property & Technology Group
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John W. Powell, Charles P. Bacall

September 21, 2015
As Craft Beer Industry Grows, Other Firms Expand With It
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Charles P. Bacall, William C. Knowles

November 4, 2014
Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
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Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

October 3, 2014
Verrill Dana Announced as Finalist for the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
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Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Anthony M. Calcagni, Elizabeth Murdock Myers, Spencer R. Thibodeau

September 13, 2013
Verrill Dana Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Edition
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Charles P. Bacall, James G. Goggin, Karen Frink Wolf

August 15, 2013
Six Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected as Lawyers of the Year
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David S. Abramson, Charles P. Bacall, Gregory S. Fryer, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood

July 3, 2013
Legal Feast: Who Owns Fired Maine Baker’s Recipes
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Charles P. Bacall

August 20, 2012
Verrill Dana’s Beach to Beacon Team Hits the Road to Raise Money
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Eric D. Altholz, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Roger A. Clement, Jr., John P. Giffune, Kenneth F. Ginder, Jennifer L. Harrell, Nathaniel R. Hull, Gretchen A. Johnson, Lisa A. LaMarche, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer

January 3, 2011
Verrill Dana Partner Charlie Bacall Joins Board of Directors of TechMaine
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Charles P. Bacall

May 3, 2010
Verrill Dana Attorney Charles Bacall To Take Part In Center For Law And Innovation Roundtable
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Charles P. Bacall

May 29, 2007
Verrill Dana Helps Leading Grocery Store Chain Protect In-Store Nutritional Navigation System
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Charles P. Bacall


May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Trademark Protection
Published Works
Charles Bacall and Tawny Alvarez

June 27, 2013
Risky Business: Defusing M&A Landmines
Seminar Materials
Charles Bacall, Thomas Bean, Douglas Currier, and Dennis White

October 17, 2011
Client Alert:. xxx Domain Name Opt-out Application Period Expires October 28, 2011
Alerts and Newsletters
Charles Bacall


April 1, 2016
New England Brew Summit
Speaking Engagements
Charles P. Bacall, Gregory S. Fryer

May 22, 2014
Copyright and Publishing on the Internet
Speaking Engagements
Charles P. Bacall

June 27, 2013
Risky Business: Defusing M&A Landmines
Speaking Engagements
Charles P. Bacall, Thomas O. Bean, Dennis J. White

November 29, 2010
Verrill Dana Partner Charlie Bacall to Speak at TechMaine’s Annual Conference
Speaking Engagements

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Business & Corporate
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Fashion & Design Law
  • Health Technology
  • Hospitality
  • International Trade & Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Franchise & Dealership
  • Higher Education
  • Health Care Industry Group
  • Breweries
  • Distilleries & Wineries

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4414  Phone
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1991
Year of First admission:
1991, Maine


Maine State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
International Trademark Association


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