Brian chairs the McNees Food & Beverage Group and practices in the Intellectual Property Group with a focus on trademark and copyright protection, software and technology services contracts, franchising, food labeling law, internet law and other issues related to the protection and licensing of intellectual property.
While Brian provides legal advice for clients in numerous industries, he has a particular focus assisting craft breweries, wineries and craft liquor distilleries with trademark protection, development of branding strategies as well as liquor license permitting.
His trademark and copyright practice includes resolving disputes through negotiated co-existence and licensing agreements as well as representing clients in cancellation and opposition proceedings before both the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and trademark and copyright litigation in federal court.
Brian also advises both vendors and users on the legal issues surrounding the use of software and technology including SaaS/PaaS agreements, data privacy/security and the drafting and negotiation of software and technology services agreements.
As a lawyer, Brian also handles product labeling, advertising, and regulatory compliance for clients in the human food and pet food industry.
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2000
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude; Law Review 2006-8
Central Penn Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2015
Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2014, 2015, 2016
Select Lawyers, 2016
Legal Intelligencer Unsung Hero Award – 2012
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Association
Leadership Cumberland, Fellow, Class of 2016
May 11, 2013 - Liquor Law Update - May 2013
In this issue: Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With Caution l Ahhh…Spring l The Ska / Duclaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer