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Background

Practice Distinctions

  • Charles takes a real-world approach to legal matters and tailors his advice to help clients avoid unintended consequences or unexpected surprises.
  • For both prosecution and litigation, he advises top global companies, including transformative industries such as food science, e-commerce, and life sciences.

About Charles

Charles’ practice focuses on global copyright and trademark counseling, strategy, and prosecution, as well as enforcement and litigation for companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. His client work includes Marvell Technology Group, a semiconductor company; Playtika, a mobile gaming group; eHarmony, an online dating service; and a fast-paced new player in the plant-based food science industry, with more than 200 filed patents and numerous disputes resolved.

Charles counsels on all aspects of brand protection and enforcement in the United States and internationally, including selection and clearance of trademarks, prosecution of trademark applications, and licensing and transactions. Charles represents clients in federal court, in disputes before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB), and in arbitration proceedings involving domain names.

Charles’ well-rounded experience gives him a deep appreciation for the economics of legal matters and helps him provide business-focused, cost-aware advice to clients.

Prior to joining a law firm, Charles clerked for the National Football League and was a legal extern for the Oakland Raiders.

Outside of the office, Charles donates his time to The Guardsmen, a San Francisco non-profit organization that raises money for at-risk youth in the Bay Area.

Education

University of San Francisco, School of Law 2013
J.D.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Certificate with honors
Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Managing Editor and Board Member (2012-2013); Senior Articles Editor and Board Member (2011-2012); Survey Author (2011)


Princeton University 2006
History, B.A.

Admissions

  • California 2013

Other Distinctions

Recognition

Named to the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2021).