Skip to main content

Scott R. Austin

Trademark infringement Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   14 reviews

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Trademark infringement
    30%
    38 years defending and enforcing client trademarks against infringers worldwide through litigation and arbitration; TTAB oppositions, cancellations; Counterfeit goods seizures with U.S. Customs; UDRP and ACPA actions for cybersquatting/typosquatting.

    37 years, 56 cases

  2. Internet
    26%
    Guard your domain and fight infringing abuse; copycat website /lockout disputes; UDRP domain name dispute panelist and practitioner; investigation/takedowns of phishing sites; DMCA infringing content takedowns; GDPR privacy compliance or remediation.

    37 years, 111 cases

  3. Intellectual property
    24%
    We walk you through each step of the clearance and registration process whether patent, trademark, or copyright; experienced in licensing, infringement claims, special purpose entity protection strategies.

    37 years, 128 cases

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    20%
    LLC formation and operation counseling, ownership disputes resolution; operating agreement strategies, mergers and acquisitions, conversions, buyout valuations, asset protection, licensing, franchising, use of LLCs as special purpose entities.

    37 years, 122 cases

As a lawyer who is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar with 34 years of experience, I am well prepared to assist you with either transactions or litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyright, or publicity rights. In addition, since the dawn of the Internet I have my used computer programming skills to tailor my practice to online and digital derivatives affecting intellectual property, such as software copyright, website content infringement, resolving domain disputes under UDRP/URS arbitration, digital asset seizures, phishing site takedowns, privacy breach remediation and cybersecurity compliance.


If you are facing a trademark Goliath and need to negotiate a co-existence agreement – call me. If you need to find the source of a site counterfeiting your products and recover against an online abuser whose identity is masked or falsified - call me. If someone registered a domain that uses your trademark or screen-scraped your content for their bogus website – call me! If you need help vetting domains for a new business or crafting a new brand for your current business- call me. We apply a creative and sophisticated legal approach to creative works, crafted brands, and patent trolls. Call me - we will answer your questions.


I lead the Florida office of a national law firm based in Silicon Valley with nationally known partners in venture capital, finance, banking, and IP, including patent prosecution by partners with the highest credentials in the engineering disciplines needed to obtain patents in the software, pharma, chemical, and electronics industries. We also collaborate on patent litigation, trade secrets litigation, R&D finance, and technology mergers and acquisitions. VLP provides the infrastructure and bench depth needed to stay current on evolving intellectual property areas our clients face within a predictable and cluster free budget.


When I started my practice here in intellectual property and corporate law after graduating from Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. over 30 years ago, the Internet had yet to be born. Since that time, as online business evolved, I have been honored to resolve intellectual property problems for hundreds of technology executives and business founders. Their companies ranged from tech startups to leading national consumer electronics distributors, NFL and MLB MVPs, international sports equipment manufacturers, national beverage distributors, media organizations, academic standards organizations, restaurant franchisors, universities, faith-based schools and ministries, hospitals, physicians, supplement developers, a startup airline, international cosmetics and perfume distributors and technology certification labs.


Like many of my clients, I too have had to make the hard business choices and manage the risks you take. As an inventor, business owner, programmer, and technologist, my experience, along with my training and business savvy gives me a deep appreciation for the business risks and rewards clients face and helps me understand and offer unique strategies to clients on protecting and fighting for their inventions, brands, and artistic productions. My wife and I have raised our two sons in South Florida and have embraced the unique multicultural business community that has prospered here. Call and let me show you how we can help you with your legal needs.

Licensed for 38 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 11/23/2022
State OH
Status Inactive
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Scott

VLP Law Group LLP
101 NE Third Avenue
Suite 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by John | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Definition of a Professional
Scott Austin is the definition of a professional. He treats small clients just getting their business started like a Fortune 500 company. Scott helped us set up our first LLC for a small business. He went above and beyond to ensure things were organized appropriately and that we understood the process. We learned a tremendous amount by working with Scott. He always made time for us and provided detailed and thorough answers to all of our questions. I highly recommend Scott Austin to anyone looking to set up an LLC. He is a tremendous person and treats his clients with a great deal of care and respect.
Read less
Posted by Michael | November 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Personable
Scott, I called him to discuss a few matters i had queries about, other lawyers shut me down, but this guy was a pleasure to talk to, he is interesting, and very easy, makes it so i understand my rights! highly suggest this guy
Posted by Frederick | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Scott Austin is an excellent attorney. He has proved this on many separate occasions during the last 7 years he has represented my international music publishing and concert business. He is trustworthy, highly intelligent and focused in his approach to protecting my trademarks and copyright registrations. He can be forceful against opponents but remains efficient in his use of time. Scott previews legal options and outcomes with me, which has proven immensely effective in avoiding unnecessary litigation. In addition to his recognized skill in his chosen specialty, he maintains a sensitivity, understanding, and compassion for his client's cause that conveys at once a familial warmth and a high level of confidence. His advice and actions have always resulted in exceptional results for me and our business. Scott is a great lawyer with extraordinary knowledge of global music copyright and licensing law. He's also an overall wonderful guy and a delight to work with. Highly recommended.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott Austin saved the day!
Our app which has over 10 million downloads was suddenly taken down from the Google Play store without any prior notice. Apparently, a foreign music label claimed copyright infringement and submitted a false claim to Google. Scott quickly provided guidance on the proper language to submit via an Appeal to Google, and greater guidance on the legal ramifications of the complaint, when/how to communicate with the foreign company directly, and general knowledge of the music industry around this topic. Most importantly, he leveraged his contacts within Google to better understand best practices and appropriate course of actions. Within 6 days, our app was live in the store! Scott is a great lawyer with extraordinary knowledge on global music copyright and licensing law. He's also an overall wonderful guy and a delight to work with. Highly recommend.
Read less
Posted by Kurt | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Partner
I have worked with Scott extensively on a number of trademark matters involving complex and contested use of valuable marks that directly affected the markets for valuable products. None of these matters was straightforward from either an intellectual property or a business perspective. Scott provides what the owners of a valuable product with trademark rights really needs-- the ability to understand the underlying business objectives in addition to legal issues. In an increasingly arcane area of law, involving trademarks, domain names, and complicated evidentiary issues, Scott provided a workable settle the complicated dispute within intransigent opponent. By consistently advancing an aggressive posture , while offering a sensible win-win intermediate resolution, the matters were sensibly resolved without enormous expense. The best attorneys always take the time to understand the client's business objectives and to craft a strategy accordingly. Scott does that and it is increasingly rare in today's environment.
Read less
Posted by Tamara | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intellectual Property and trademark
Scott was recommended to me by a prominent intellectual property attorney from Boston. I had recently sold the property I created for events, photo shoots, short-term stays, and intended to set up the same business at a new location. The new owners, after signing an agreement not to use my name, website, press, and photographs, proceeded to use all of it. Since they were very wealthy, and I was not, they rightly assumed I would be unable to litigate. Scott Austin totally saved me. He doggedly pursued them, never faltering when they relentlessly persisted with endless stalling tactics. He not only got a comprehensive agreement signed by them, but he further protected me and my business with Federal and State trademarks. He is amazingly thorough, tenacious when needed, very patient, and great to work with. Thank you Scott !
Read less
Posted by George | March 19, 2015
Trademark and Intellectual Property
I was recommended to Mr. Austin by my accountant to help me with my start-up business. I wanted to protect my idea from being taken by others and I was looking for a Lawyer that I could trust. I find that with Mr. Scott Raymond Austin. His help and guidance in securing a trademark and protecting my Intellectual property has been invaluable for my business. He was knowledeable and kept me informed during the process of the application. I would recommend him to anyone who is in the market for a highly skilled attorney in these areas.
Read less
Posted by Maria | March 16, 2015
TOU and DMCA Notice Responces
Scott has drafted Terms of services, DMCA Notice Procedures, and Privacy Policy for our website that renders services to millions users world wide. Scott was very attentive and responsive to our concerns and specifics of our service, it was always a pleasure working with him, and we were more than happy with the results. These comprehensive terms of services agreement and detailed DMCA Notice Procedures helped us many times after. Scott also handled DMCA notice issues for us. Highly recommended
Read less
Posted by Debbie | March 12, 2015
Trademarks for CGI Windows
Scott handles our trademark work and has been very helpful year after year. Always one to keep us informed and explain everything effortlessly, you can tell he takes pride in the work that he does. We're very happy with Scott and his work ethic, responsiveness, and attention to detail.
Posted by Kristin | March 8, 2015
Trademark Help for Tech Start-up
Scott provided a cost effective service for our new company to defend against a trademark issue (our name) and helped us think through all of the options for moving forward. We ultimately decided on going for a new name (and hope we don't have to do this again, but would work with Scott if we did!). He also help us strategize for our new name/trademark application to ensure it was highly defensible. As a start-up, we appreciated his experience in the field and willingness to work with us within a reasonable budget. (and he has a good sense of humor :-) )
Read less
Posted by Elizabeth | March 6, 2015
His pro-active follow-through is FANTASTIC
Scott Austin has handled my trademark work for about 3 yrs. His pro active follow through is impressive. He contacts me in advance of my trademark related deadlines coming due. And he gets me through them accurately and on time. His follow through is best I've had in any attorney. Scott knows his stuff, is helpful, and seems to really care about the client. I appreciate that he tries to keep his fees as low as possible, and that he does actual work over the phone without insisting on an in-person appointment. Scott was referred to me by another existing client who was also extremely satisfied with the same things as I am. Since I am a much smaller client, with a start-up business that has yet to start, I never expected to receive the same level of care as the bigger client did. But I do. Every time. I trust him completely and can refer him wholeheartedly.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2015
Terrific, knowledgeable attorney. Good value for services.
Scott is a terrific, knowledgeable attorney who always ensures that his clients receive good value for his services. We have worked with him on a variety matters over the past few years and find him knowledgeable in areas ranging from intellectual property to Internet law as well as commercial contracts. He has been especially helpful with intellectual property issues. He is responsive and attentive to details, works well under pressure, and conforms to tight deadlines. We would highly recommend Scott to both small and larger companies as well as to individuals.
Read less
Posted by Duke Heller | February 24, 2015
Trademark for Midwest Implant Instutute
Dr. Alfred L and Dr. Robert L Heller are pelased to write this endorsement of Mr. Scott Austin. He has been very professional and diligent in securing the Trademark for the Midwest Implant Institute. We are so appreciative of his efforts and desire to secure this document.
Posted by lary | February 10, 2015
Trademark and Patent counsel for a consumr electronics and appliance dealer
Scott has been a valued friend and counsel for over ten years. He has handled probably over one hundred matters ranging over the full gamut of his field of expertise. From litigation against patent trolls to registering trade names around the world. His good advice and sage counsel has been a huge benefit to our company. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 90-450 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Arbitrator, Panel of Neutrals, Domain Names Disputes
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • 2019 - Present
  • Panelist - PICDRP
  • ICANN
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner, Florida
  • VLP Law Group LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Panelist - UDRP
  • National Arbitration Forum
  • 2012 - 2022
  • Partner, Intellectual Property
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 2010 - 2013
View all work experience

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • C. & J. Clark International Ltd v. Drescher Karin et al.
  • Found for Complainant and Respondents forced to transfer all respective disputed domain names to complainant.

Associations

  • Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Trademark Association, Internet Committee
  • New gTLD Subcommittee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • Chair, Corporations, Securities & Financial Services Committee
  • 2002 - 2004
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Board Certified - Intellectual Property Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Board Certified - Intellectual Property Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Board Certified - Intellectual Property Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
View all awards

Publications

  • The Miami Herald
  • Digital Privacy: Who’s guarding the guards? (August 2011)
  • 2011
  • Daily Business Review
  • Offsite Servers Present Businesses With Opportunities, Challenges
  • 2011
  • The Florida Bar Business Law Journal
  • Trademark Law Cases
  • 2010
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • VLP Law Group LLP webinar
  • Internet Road Construction: Where is WHOIS and What is the Risk of Detour from new gTLDs
  • 2016
  • Cybersecurity And Privacy Protection Conference
  • Privacy Among Thieves: Domain Registration Data - What Is Who Is And Where Is It All Going?
  • 2016
  • INTA Roundtable
  • Brand Protection on the Internet
  • 2010
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Scott for intellectual property matters. I have referred multiple clients to Scott over more than 20 years, including as recently as last month. My clients benefit from Scott's expertise and continuing effort to be at the forefront if this ever-changing field. He is thorough, knows his field, and has taken a leadership role in several aspects of both domestic and international intellectual property law. I have no hesitancy in endorsing him."
Trademark infringement Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While Scott called me in order to discuss a matter of his, it was I who became impressed with Scott. He is thorough. He looks at all sides and is able to come up with the arguments that help him in court. While it may sound cliche on this website, I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Scott since 1989, and have worked with him on several cases, where he is the IP "specialist", and I am the litigator. It sounds simple, but Scott really "knows his stuff". For this reason, I have recommended him to some of my business clients, at least one of whom continues to use him on a regular basis for trademark matters, which are an ongoing part of that client's business. I recommend him without reservation."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is top in his field. I highly recommend him in intellectual property matters."
Fort Lauderdale Trademark infringement Lawyer Scott R. Austin
Scott R. Austin
Trademark infringement Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 38 years
Free Consultation