Trace Jackson specializes in his practice in intellectual property and technology law. Trace is passionate about protecting his clients' ideas, brands, and creations, ranging from multi-million-dollar corporations to authors, non-profits, small businesses, inventors, educational institutions, and artists. Trace sees himself as a part of his clients' teams. He personally works with each client to chart optimal paths forward with their intellectual property portfolios, so they can continue doing what they do best: inventing, creating, and operating their businesses.
A lifelong academic, Trace takes pride in his education and boasts that he is a "Triple Gator," having graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.A. in Physics, and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Florida, where he was Editor in Chief of the Law Review and earned 12 book awards. Additionally, Trace earned his M.S. in Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, where he specialized in computational physics. His extensive background in and continued dedication to science, research, and mathematical application enables him to work in mechanical, software, and chemical arts and makes Trace the perfect scientist–attorney member of any business team.
As such, Trace views his practice as an extension of his passion for learning and has a genuine interest in discovering and understanding the unique qualities of both the people and businesses he represents and how their offerings exemplify those intangible assets. He loves learning and loves helping others and their businesses grow.
Trace handles preparing and prosecuting patent, copyright, and trademark applications. He also assists in enforcing and licensing a patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights. Trace also assists clients in complying with trade secret and privacy laws to ensure clients enjoy maximum protection under complicated statutory regimes.
In his personal life, Trace enjoys continuing his education through interacting with intellectual property scholars across the country. He spends much of his free time tutoring students of all ages in math and science and serving as a life and career coach. Trace also loves to travel and has a goal of standing on every continent—including Antarctica. His favorite international destination fluctuates between the Isle of Skye in Scotland and Hakone, Japan. However, within the continental U.S., there is no substitute for Asheville, North Carolina, and the Appalachian Mountains, where he and his family share countless memories.
Publications & Presentations:
- Trace Jackson, Note, Can Jailbreaking Put You in Jail, Broke?, 68 FLA. L. REV. 631 (2015)
- Moderator, 2015 Allen L. Poucher Lecture: Cybersecurity and Our Digital Lives: A Policy Discussion (November 2015)
• Manage and grow patent portfolios of small inventors and large corporations.
• Analyze patent, copyright, trade secret, and other intellectual property protections surrounding corporate and creator assets.
• Review intellectual property licenses, assignments, and other documentation in connection with due diligence in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions. • Guide brands through branding, rebranding, and brand protection.
• Analyze fair-use questions for fan works and content creation.
• Develop robust terms of service, EULAs, and privacy policies for eCommerce sites, brick-andmortar businesses, and app creators, including ensuring compliance with relevant law, including GDPR and CCPA.
• Represent licensees and licensors in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade-secret license negotiations.
• Draft complex software contracts, including master services agreements and corresponding statements of work.
• Served as litigation support in patent-infringement suit at the U.S. District Court, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stages of litigation.
• Counsel for state college in successfully defending disciplinary action taken against student.
• Counsel for student in successfully defending and appealing against wrongful academic discipline.
• Successfully unfroze assets of eCommerce vendor wrongfully accused of participating in global counterfeiting scheme