Intellectual Property Attorney

Charles W. Grimes

Attorney Profile

Chuck is the firm’s Founder and Managing Partner. He has been practicing law since 1974. Chuck is admitted to practice law in the States of Connecticut, Florida, Illinois and New York and before various U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver School of Law. He was in private practice for several years and served as Trademark Counsel for Gulf + Western Industries in New York before founding the firm in 1980. Chuck is also special counsel to Arrastia, Capote & Partners, LLP and an adjunct professor at the Ave Maria School of Law where he teaches courses on intellectual property. He has served as the editor of the Licensing Journal and the IP Litigator and has authored more than twenty books on intellectual property and licensing matters, including:

‘The Law of Merchandise & Character Licensing’

‘License Agreements: Forms and Checklists’

‘Licensing Deskbook,’ ‘Licensing Law Handbook’ and
‘Licensing Royalty Rates’

‘A Primer on Technology Licensing’

‘Drafting Internet Agreements’

‘The Toy & Game Inventor’s Guide’

Patent Disputes: Litigation Forms and Analysis’

‘Trademark and Copyright Disputes: Forms and Analysis’

Chuck has worked extensively in all facets of intellectual property law. He has managed the worldwide trademark portfolios of leading consumer products companies.

Chuck has represented inventors, artists, authors, illustrators, musicians, photographers, toy and game designers, software designers, entertainment and sports personalities and other individuals in every imaginable field of creative endeavor.

Chuck has participated in major patent and trademark litigations. He developed and implemented a plan that effectively protected the valuable trademarks of the world”s largest premium cigar manufacturer against counterfeiting. He worked with undercover operatives, private investigators, and federal, state and local law enforcement officials to conduct raids, seize tens of millions of dollars of counterfeit merchandise, and arrest and convict key perpetrators.

Chuck has collaborated on some of the most successful commercial exploitations of intellectual properties over the last thirty years. In his early years at Gulf & Western, Chuck helped exploit the hidden values in movies and television shows such as STAR TREK, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, HAPPY DAYS and LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, in pageants such as the MISS UNIVERSE pageant, and in sports franchises such as the KNICKS, the RANGERS and the ARLINGTON PARK RACE TRACK. Subsequently, at Grimes LLC, Chuck has assisted, advised and/or was instrumental in structuring exploitation agreements involving a diverse collection of companies, such as:

New York Times

Thomson Publishing

Garfield Comics

Archie Comics

Revlon

Avon

Pierre Cardin

Givenchy

Gale Hayman

Consolidated Cigar

Cuban Cigar Brands

Evian Waters

South Beach

Hearst Entertainment

Tribune Media

Harvard

Yale

UCLA

Playtex

Champion

Macy’s

PGA

NBA

Microsoft

DreamWorks

Phillips Media

GTE Interactive

Sega

Time Warner

Turner

Hanna-Barbera

Disney

Universal Studios

Viacom

Columbia

Paramount

Warner Brothers

ABC

CBS

Pepsi

Frito Lay

Hershey

Pizza Hut

Taco Bell

Dairy Queen

Howard Johnson

McDonald’s

Burger King

Denny’s

Kraft

Dial

General Foods

Colgate-Palmolive

Fruit of the Loom

Quaker Oats

Kellogg’s

Mattel

Hasbro

Fischer Price

Milton Bradley

Tiger

Tyco

Disguise

Thermos

Hallmark

Marvel

Topps

Polaroid

Chase Bank

People’s Bank

Lee

Sears

Bloomingdale’s

Rao’s

And the list goes on and on…….

In summary, Chuck’s efforts have contributed to the generation of hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from successful intellectual property exploitation. Chuck practices primarily out of the firm’s headquarters in Florida, and is also available by appointment at the firm’s locations in New York and Connecticut.

Grimes LLC