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I concentrate my practice in transactional intellectual
property matters and business deals involving technology based companies.  Much of this work is in acquisition, protection and enforcement
of intellectual property rights in computer and internet technology
including domain names, trademark prosecution including opposition,
cancellation and interference proceedings before the Trademark Trial
and Appeal Board, copyright acquisition and enforcement, and
advertising law including Lanham Act cases (false and misleading
advertising, dilution, tarnishment). 


I have extensive
experience in licensing of computer software, and licensing and
ownership resolution of digital information on the internet.  I am a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) as well as an inactive Certified Public Accountant. 


I have taught as adjunct faculty at the University of
Maryland School of Law (in the fall of 2000, teaching a course with
other lawyers on Introduction to Intellectual Property Practice), and
in 2004 I co-taught Cyberspace Law Seminar at the University
of Maryland School of Law.  I currently teach Law and Ethics
at the Graduate School of Management Engineering, University of
Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC).

I have given many talks on computer law, internet law and advertising law.  Some of the organizations that I have presented for include Lorman, Carroll COunty Chamber of Commerce, Glasser Legal Works (NY City), the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), the
Intellectual Property sub-committee of the Business Law Section of the
MSBA, the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education for
Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Baltimore County Bar


In what little off time I have, I like to continue learning computer programing, and my environment is Apache, PHP and MySQL.  I also play classical guitar, and am one of the former presidents of The Baltimore Classical
Guitar Society, Inc.  I also am a serious photographer, and now have somewhat extensive experience with many adobe creative suite applications.


Practice areas


  1. Licensing: 35%
    21 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    24 years
  3. Internet: 20%
    21 years
  4. Contracts: 20%



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Oliver & Grimsley, LLC

502 Washington Ave
Ste 605
Towson, MD, 21204


DCActive 199007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Pre-eminent RatingMartindale Hubbell2010
Baltimore's Top Lawyers to WatchBaltimore Magazine2003
Super LawyerMaryland Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/FounderOliver & Grimsley, LLC2013 - Present
MemberBowie & Jensen LLC1995 - 2013
AssociateWhiteford, Taylor & Preston1988 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Communications CommitteeChair2006 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Communications CommitteeFounding Member2006 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.President2001 - 2003
Maryland State Bar Association, Technology CommitteeChair2000 - 2001
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.Vice President2000 - 2001
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.Treasurer1999 - 2000
Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionSecretary1998 - 1999
Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionMember1997 - 1998
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.Board of Trustees1997 - 2003
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.Executive Committee, Board of Trustees1997 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sun Dun Inc. of Washington v. Coca-Cola Co., 770 F.Supp. 285 (D. Md. 1991)Settled
Washington Properties Ltd. Partnership v. Resolution Trust Corp., 796 F. Supp. 542 (D. D.C. 1992)Concluded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Vol. 36, No. 6, Maryland Bar Journal, at 2Risk Management Strategies: Remedies in Intellectual Property Cases2003
Vol. 34, No. 6, Maryland Bar Journal, at 2Technology, the Internet and the Practice of Law2001
Volume 31, No. 3, Maryland Bar Journal at 28Establishing, Protecting and Enforcing Copyrights in Software: A Primer1998
MICPELAdvertising Law1997
MICPELComputer Law1997
Vol. 19 Litigation, No. 4, at 25 American Bar AssociationIn Pursuit of the Elusive TRO1993
18 U. Balt. L. Rev. 544Antitrust Liability for Bad Faith Assertion of Trade Secret1989
Vol. 29, No. 5, Maryland Bar Journal, at 22Protecting Clients' Unique Property InterestsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Case Western Reserve UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Law InstituteBrand & Content Protection – legal issues in web and mobile (Speaker, Business Law Institute, MSBA, April 27, 2013)2013
Pennsylvania Medical Group Management AssociationAnatomy of Software Deals and Hiring Computer Security Professionals2008
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteBusiness Document Drafting Series, Intellectual Property Contracts2004
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteSoftware Licensing Basics2004
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Technology ForumAdvanced Topics in Software Licensing2003
MICPELComputer Security and UETA in Government2003
Maryland Judicial InstituteContract issues in Computer Software Development2003
MICPELIntroduction to eCommerce2000
MICPELComputer Law Update1998