Cara works with some of the world’s largest corporations, facilitating business and commercial transactions and joint ventures and strategic collaborations.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Patent Bar, 2003

Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2017

Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis, J.D., 2004
  • University of Maryland, M.A., Mathematics, 2001
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude, 1999

Experience

  • ​Negotiation and drafting of multi-billion dollar worldwide collaboration between two major pharmaceutical companies for co-development and co-promotion of multiple pharmaceutical products.
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements among pharmaceutical and medical device companies for development, manufacturing and supply of products. 
  • Registration of trademarks and prosecution of utility patents and design patents in United States as well as in over 40 foreign countries through extensive network of foreign associates. 
  • ​Representation to help clients, including multi-national companies, work through patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters including litigation.
  • Representation of clients before Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings in United States. 
  • Representation of both acquirers and sellers in local, national and international corporate acquisitions where assets to be acquired or valuation of companies to be acquired involve selling company’s intellectual property.
  • Assisting clients in licensing or acquisition of intellectual property rights.​​
  • Drafting and implementing a new suite of sales templates and standard terms and conditions for a large ophthalmic medical device company including training the sales operations team on the new templates, acceptable fallback provisions, and who has authority to approve deviations from non-legal terms.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Copyright and Fair Use in an Educational Setting,” St. Jude, May 25, 2018
  • ​Presenter, “Key Performance Indicator & Service Level Agreements: A Primer and Cautionary Tale,” Merck, June 20, 2017
  • ​Presenter, “Trends in Licensing,” Boehringer Ingelheim, March 29, 2017
  • Author,Open Source and Crowdsourced Models in Pharmaceutical Development," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 10 No. 3 (2017)
  • Author, “Uncertainty in Biopharmaceutical Industry Presents Challenges for Manufacturers,” Inside the Minds: Navigating Legal Issues in the Biotechnology Industry 25 (Aspatore Books ed., 2015)
  • Moderator, "Trademarks and Sports Logos," From Music, Film and Television Arts to Sports: Hot Issues and Disputes in Entertainment, Mississippi Bar Intellectual Property Section, May 18, 2012
  • Co-Author, "Unfair Trade Practice Claims under State Law" Intellectual Property Litigation, Vol. 22, Number 2, Winter 2011
  • Co-Author, "Pursuing Phantom Counterfeiters: Serving Process via Email" Law360/Pointe Innovation, September 14, 2010
  • Presenter, "Corporate and Patent Considerations for the Technology Start-Up Company," Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Bi-Annual Meeting, July 2010
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