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Woodard, Emhardt Attorneys Teach at Indiana Law Schools

Many of Woodard, Emhardt’s attorneys serve the Intellectual Property community in Indiana by teaching courses at Indiana law schools.  This fall, partners Charles P. Schmal […]

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Charles R. Reeves

Partner

Chuck has been with the Firm since 1976 and has experience in all aspects of intellectual property law in best serving the interests of his clients. Before joining the Firm, he served two years as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Paul H. Buchannan, Jr. on the Indiana Court of Appeals and received technical experience in several materials and metallurgy fields while at Purdue. While utilizing these backgrounds in his practice which crossover many technology areas, Chuck has enjoyed a diverse practice concentrating in patent and trademark prosecution and opinion work and in strategic client counseling, transactional work and litigation in federal courts and other venues. His insights in analyzing complex factual and legal situations and in their resolution have served his clients well over the years.

Outside the Firm, Chuck has lived in Indiana his entire life and has written and lectured to formal classes and various groups on intellectual property law over the years. He has strong family values, with his wife and three grown children, and has well-rounded and diverse interests in community activities and in sports and other recreational pursuits.

Education

  • Purdue University
    B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, 1973
  • Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
    J.D., summa cum laude, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. Patent Bar, 1978
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1987
  • United States Supreme Court, 1988

Representative Experience

While Chuck is comfortable working in all areas of intellectual property law, the focus of his experience has been split between the patent and trademark areas. This experience has included domestic and international prosecution, strategic planning and managing IP portfolios, and evaluating validity, coverage and right-to-use issues in connection with opinion, transactional and other business-related work.

While Chuck is also comfortable working in many areas of technology, he has benefited from his materials and metallurgy backgrounds as those relate to many product and technology fields. This has allowed him to represent a broad range of clients from individuals and start-up businesses to national and international corporations in all areas of design, development, manufacture and sales. Representative client and product areas have included chemical, automotive, medical device and other manufacturers, universities, lottery commissions, and wholesale and retail businesses of all kinds. Representative technology areas have included materials and product manufacture and processing involving metals such as copper, aluminum, stainless and other steels, titanium, tungsten and others, polymers, composites, coatings, and other materials.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Indiana Bar Association

Indianapolis Bar Association

International Trademark Association

Seventh Circuit Bar Association

ASM International (a society for materials and metallurgy professionals), including Chairman and other offices for the ASM - Indianapolis Chapter

Advanced Materials Committee of the Indiana Corporation for Science and Technology (CST) throughout its existence.
Publications

Author and Editor of Chapter on Indiana Law in the Treatise entitled “State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law” published by the International Trademark Association, since 1989.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property Law at the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, since 2009

Adjunct Professor for initial year of course on Trademark and Unfair Competition Law at the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington

Lecturer on intellectual property law for numerous clients and for ICLEF seminar and for business, educational and other groups over the years

Expert and fact witness in several patent litigations regarding opinions given and other matters on behalf of clients

Community Involvement

Meridian Street United Methodist Church, since 1983.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, since 1969 including President of the Alumni Board, President of the Parents Club, and other involvements over the years

Indianapolis Athletic Club, until its closure.

Meridian Hills Country Club, for 28 years.

Various other memberships and involvements in community organizations and activities

Awards/Honors

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyer listing for Indiana concentrating in Intellectual Property Law for 2004 and 2007 and for Special Corporate Counsel edition for 2008.