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Parker Poe Attorneys Cannon and Thomas Receive Trademark Law Certification

  • December 03, 2015

Raleigh, NC – Parker Poe is pleased to announce William Cannon and Christopher Thomas, Partners in our Raleigh office, earned accreditation as Board Certified Specialists in Trademark Law. They are two of 27 lawyers state-wide to receive this distinction.

Will Cannon’s practice focuses on the areas of technology contracts, privacy, and trademark prosecution and enforcement. His clients include colleges and universities, financial services institutions and public and private entities. Will received his BS from Davidson College and his JD, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Thomas concentrates his practice on disputes concerning intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, domain names, rights of publicity, false advertising, unfair competition, plant variety protection and unfair and deceptive trade practices. His clients include electronic musical instrument manufacturers, auto dealers, software companies, and life sciences companies. Chris received his BA from Allegheny College, his MBA from Georgia State University and his JD, cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devote a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

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