Ward and Smith, P.A. Grows Intellectual Property Practice, Adds Raleigh and Wilmington Attorneys

Attorneys Anna Miller, Erica Rogers, and Caroline Outten recently joined Ward and Smith, P.A.  The additions reflect continued growth in the Raleigh and Wilmington markets and increased demand for sophisticated legal services, particularly in the intellectual property and business areas.

"Whether they are in North Carolina, across the country, or across the globe, Ward and Smith provides our clients with the counsel and service needed to safeguard their intellectual property.  We're delighted to continue that service with the addition of these talented attorneys," commented Angela Doughty, leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Ken Wooten, the firm's Co-Managing Director, echoed that sentiment.  "Our clients are facing challenges to their intellectual property each day, and we're growing to satisfy their needs."

Business and Intellectual Property attorney Anna Miller joins Ward and Smith from Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Denver, Colorado.  She is licensed to practice law in Colorado.  She negotiates and prepares license agreements, co-existence agreements, and settlement agreements for clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to local small businesses and start-up companies covering all types of intellectual property.  She manages large international trademark portfolios and counsels clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, luggage, home entertainment services, consumer products and software, regarding global intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies.  

Additionally, Miller handles domain disputes through Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceeding actions, advises clients on trademark clearinghouse registrations and gTLD domains matters and assists clients with monitoring and remedying infringing online uses of clients' intellectual property rights including Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaints and infringement demand letters.  She received her J.D. from The University of North Carolina School of Law in 2010.  She is based in the firm's Wilmington office.

Erica Rogers will also focus her practice on intellectual property.  She is based in the firm's Raleigh office.  She received her J.D. from The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property law program in 2016, a top-10 intellectual property program in the Unites States, where she was an associate editor of the IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.  While in law school, Rogers interned with Sony Music Entertainment's Legal Affairs Department in New York, NY and completed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Law School Trademark Clinic Certification.

Caroline Outten will focus her practice in an array of corporate and business law areas, particularly in the areas of health care, privacy, and information security.  She received her J.D., with honors, from The University of North Carolina School of Law in 2016.  While in law school, she was a Civil Subcommittee Clerk for the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and a summer associate for Ward and Smith.  Outten is also based in the firm's Raleigh office.

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