Clay LaPoint focuses on trademark, copyright, and trade secrets law. His trademark practice includes policing, litigation, and assisting clients in the selection, clearance, and registration of U.S and international trademarks. Clay frequently represents clients in federal courts and in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also has experience advising clients regarding domain name and Internet issues, including cybersquatting, domain name disputes, and brand protection challenges involving social media platforms.
His experience includes four years at K&L Gates in Palo Alto, California. Before law school, Clay served in the United States Peace Corps from 2007-2009 in a small village in Burkina Faso, where he promoted girls’ education, reforestation, and community development efforts.
Clay earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was a National Finalist for the 2014 New York National Moot Court Competition and recipient of numerous moot court and legal writing awards. Prior to law school, Clay graduated from The University of Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History.
In his spare time, Clay enjoys gardening, hiking, flying, and exploring Austin and the hill country with his dog.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
- International Tradmark Association
- National Peace Corps Association
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Author, K&L Gates Global Government Solutions®, 2016 Mid-Year Outlook (July 2016)
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California