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Shannon T. Vale
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Biography

For more than 25 years, Shannon Vale has specialized in trademark and copyright law, intellectual property transactions and due diligence, and right of publicity law. Prior to joining Pirkey Barber, Shannon was a Trademark partner in the Austin office of Fulbright & Jaworski and a shareholder in Arnold, White & Durkee.

Shannon's practice includes:

  • Advising clients regarding worldwide trademark protection and enforcement strategies, the selection and clearance of trademarks, and the management of global portfolios
  • Obtaining domestic and foreign trademark registrations
  • Handling trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Counseling clients with respect to acquiring, protecting and enforcing copyright assets
  • Managing intellectual property due diligence projects
  • Negotiating licenses and other intellectual property transactions

Shannon also spent five years as the head of personal management firms that directed the careers of major label and major independent label recording artists based in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Active with the International Trademark Association (INTA) for many years, Shannon is currently a member of INTA’s Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee.  He has previously served on numerous INTA committees, including the liaison committees to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Union trademark office, the Meetings Board and the Meetings Committee, and he was Co-Chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Annual Meeting.

Shannon is President of Austin Rice Alumni, and was recently  appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association of Rice Alumni (the alumni association’s global governing body).  He is past president of the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Austin Chapter), and Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

Shannon received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and earned his B.A in History and German Studies from Rice University.

Professional Activities and Memberships

• Austin Rice Alumni
          ◦ President
• Association of Rice Alumni
          ◦ Board of Directors (2012-2015)
• Austin Intellectual Property Law Association (Austin IPLA)
          ◦ Past President
• Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
          ◦ Chair, Austin Chapter (2009-2010 term)
          ◦ Past President
• Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (ALAA)
          ◦ Past President
• City of Austin Music Commission, former member
• City of Austin Music District Committee, former member
• Austin Music Industry Council, former member
• State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section, former member of governing council
• International Trademark Association (INTA)
         ◦ Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee (2011-2012)
         ◦ U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee (INTA’s liaison to the U.S. Trademark Office) (2010-2011)
         ◦ OHIM Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee, (INTA's liaison to the European Community's trademark office) (2007-2009)
         ◦ Meetings Board (1999 - 2001)
         ◦ Meetings Committee (1994 - 2001; 2004 - 2005)
         ◦ Task Force on the Future of the Annual Meeting, Co-Chair (2001 - 2002)
• Motion Picture Producers of Texas, former General Counsel
• Austin Space Business Roundtable, former chair
• Texas Computer Industry Council, former General Counsel
• Venture Crew 2100 (scouting program focusing on high adventure activities), Crew Advisor (2007-present)
• American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
• American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
• State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section 

Honors

  • Austin 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law, The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine (2012)
  • WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review (2011-14)
  • Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010)
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Practitioners, Legal Media Group (2009)
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Who's Who Legal
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated*

* AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Educational Background

  • 1981 J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • 1977 B.A., History and German Studies, Rice University

Publications

  • Co-author, "U.S. Accession to the Madrid Protocol Should Streamline International Protection for Trademarks Owned by American Businesses and Citizens," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Legal Update, October 2002
  • Co-author, "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Winter 1996; Fall 1993
  • Co-author, "Copyright Case Summaries," ABA Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter, Winter 1996; Spring 1993
  • Co-author, "The Use of Site Licensing in Microcomputer Software Transactions," (Book Chapter), The Law and Business of Computer Software, D.C. Toedt, Ed., Clark Boardman Company, Ltd., 1986, 1994

Speeches

  • “Copyright Law: A Primer for University Counsel,” The University of Texas System 9th Annual Legal Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2009
  • "Searching and Clearing Marks Internationally," International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 2007
  • "USPTO Office Action Workshop," International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, May 2005
  • “International Trademark Strategy,” 17th Annual State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2004
  • “The Right of Publicity and the First Amendment,” State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Institute, Houston, Texas, June 2003
  • “Current Trends in Right of Publicity Law,” Law Executives Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 2003
  • “Three Things Every Business Person Should Know About Copyright,” F&J Client Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, December 2002
  • "Practical Strategies for Trademark Protection in Europe," International Trademark Association International Trademark Law Basics Forum, New York, New York, February 2000