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Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson

Attorney at Law

Landrum
South Carolina
Licensed in
IL
The John Marshall Law
School
About
Mary has over 15 years of business and legal experience focusing her transactional practice on contracts/licensing, advertising and intellectual property. She has managed a myriad of legal issues at companies with vastly different products, distribution methods, trade channels, and legal department sizes, and, worked for a large law firm as a contract trademark attorney. She enjoys working on a variety of matters and describes her practice as gaining the required knowledge on issues to provide the best advice to clients, thereby adding significant value to the client.

Mary graduated with distinction from John Marshall Law School and was
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Nelson Mullins

Contract Trademark Attorney

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Conducted trademark searches and advised on the availability of potential trademarks. Gave legal opinions on trademark issues and related marketplace issues. Reviewed and commented on trademarks contracts and licenses. Drafted correspondence to clients and cease and desist letters to infringers. Note: Employed by Carolina Legal Associates, a legal services provider, at the request of NMRS.

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

WMS Gaming, Inc.

Director, Licensing & Trademarks

Aug 2000 - Apr 2005

Negotiated and drafted all types of contracts, e.g., hardware & software, NDA, work-for-hire, RFP, brands, talent, music, publicity. Responsible for clearance and use of all intellectual property, all marketing materials, and advised on all other IP issues, except patents. Managed worldwide trademark portfolio including clearance, use, prosection (e.g., office actions, oppositions, litigation).

Aug 2000 - Apr 2005

Brach's Confections, Inc.

Senior Corporate Attorney

May 1999 - Dec 1999

Advised all business units on trade and marketing practices. Negotiated and drafted contracts for marketing, R&D, sales, production and distribution units. In-house responsibility for drafting new pension plan assuring anti-cutback rule compliance. Member of and advisor to the Benefits committee. Advise and managed general corporate issues, e.g., corporate structure, due diligence.

May 1999 - Dec 1999

McDonald’s

Senior Corporate Attorney

May 1989 - Mar 1999

Key team member in structuring, negotiating, drafting and managing numerous long term, global strategic alliance contracts, e.g., Disney, Olympics, World Cup, NBA. Advised on media and PR issues. Managed IP litigation. Negotiated favorable resolutions with regulatory agencies (CPSC, CARU, OSHA, State's Attorney's General. Co-chaired worldwide product safety unit. Consulted on franchise matters.

May 1989 - Mar 1999

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