Amy Allen Hinson is a Partner at Parker Poe and a registered U.S. patent attorney who counsels clients on developing broad protections for their intellectual property both nationally and internationally. She serves as a strategic business partner to clients in a variety of industries and represents them in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights as well as defending against threats of intellectual property infringement.
In particular, Amy has deep experience prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and helping clients secure patent rights abroad. She also regularly assists clients with branding initiatives that include U.S. and global trademark registration and enforcement. Amy handles patent post-grant reexamination and review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also counsels clients on copyright protection and registration.
Amy frequently represents clients in complex litigation concerning technology and intellectual property, as well as licensing and contract negotiations.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Amy was a partner at a large law firm in the Southeast. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and remains deeply involved in the Greenville community.
Companies rely on copyright protections to shield their software, data sets, and other works that are licensed to their customers; however, a reframing of what constitutes a “transformative use,” and the extent a license can restrict such fair uses, may whittle away all avenues of protections. On October 22, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments for Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. The question before the Court is where does a copyright holder’s right to create derivative works stop and “fair use” of the work begin? Companies that license data sets or data feeds should pay close attention, as the Court’s decision could narrow contractual remedies.