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Parker Poe IP Group Recognized by Non-Profit for Pro Bono Work

  • April 25, 2011

(RALEIGH, N.C.)—The Parker Poe IP group was recently thanked for their pro bono work for CHERUBS, a Wake Forest-based non-profit group dedicated to promoting awareness and support for the little-known birth defect Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. CHERUBS representatives and families marched in a parade through downtown Raleigh to Parker Poe’s office in order to personally recognize and thank the team for their efforts.
CHERUBS was challenged in 2008 with allegations of trademark infringement. Another organization had obtained a federal trademark registration for the term “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” and was trying to prevent CHERUBS from using it. Working on their own to fight the case, CHERUBS was unable to make any headway for two years. That’s when the Parker Poe IP group, consisting of Art DeBaugh, Evan Fultz, Chris Thomas, and Will Cannon, stepped in and offered to provide help on a pro bono basis.
The Parker Poe team petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the other side’s registration. The petition was successful and the registration was officially cancelled – clearing the way for CHERUBS to proceed with its mission.
The Raleigh News & Observer ran an article about the parade. Additional information is available here.

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Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has 230 lawyers in six offices located in major markets across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters. It has been recognized in recent years as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States and as an award-winning leader in the use of technology to provide better and more efficient service to domestic and international clients.