Intellectual Property Law

Gray Ice Higdon includes a group of highly skilled IP attorneys who focus on maximizing the value of our client’s assets. Each member of the team understands the commercial importance of a strong Intellectual Property portfolio and works, as a partner, with each client to reach this goal.

Patent Prosecution

Our patent attorneys are actively involved in Post Grant proceedings, IP Licensing Agreements, Non-Infringement and Validity opinion work and other aspects of IP portfolio maintenance and monetization.

Our patent attorneys have extensive industry and technical expertise.  Our attorneys have drafted patent applications in a number of technical areas, including:

  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Advanced Radar and LIDAR Technology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Packaging and Distribution Control Systems
  • Consumer Appliances
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Medical Planning and Imaging Systems
  • Robotics
  • Industrial Automation
  • Speech Recognition
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Image Processing
  • Lighting Systems


Our trademark practice extends internationally with the support of a network of foreign trademark counsel throughout the world working at our direction. As a result, we routinely assist our clients with the protection and enforcement of their brands outside of the U.S.

Our trademark attorneys were invited by INTA to author the Kentucky Chapter of INTA’s authoritative treatise, State Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and we have been Kentucky editors of the yearly updates to that treatise since 1989.

Our knowledgeable and experienced trademark attorneys engage in an extensive trademark practice including:

  • Advising clients regarding trademark and brand development, clearance, registration, and infringement
  • Preparing, filing, prosecuting, and maintaining applications and registrations in the U.S. Trademark Office and state trademark offices
  • Managing trademark portfolios and developing corporate brand guidelines
  • Trademark infringement litigation
  • Handling trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Assisting with counterfeiting disputes
  • Preparing licensing and distribution agreements
  • Advising regarding advertising issues
  • Counseling regarding the rights of privacy and publicity and use of intellectual property on social media


  • Assisting clients with the development of strategies to protect and leverage the value of their creative works
  • Providing advice regarding copyright ownership issues including “work made for hire” and copyright assignment
  • Filing applications for copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Drafting and review of publishing, licensing and merchandise agreements
  • Copyright infringement litigation

Patent Attorneys

Elizabeth Threlkeld


Megan Gibson


Robert Theuerkauf

Principal Partner

siyuan ge associate

Siyuan Ge


Shreyash Sharma


Trademark Attorneys

Amy B Berge

Principal Partner

Joe Dages

Principal Partner


Rhonda Shacklette


Kate Abbott


Attorneys at Gray Ice Higdon have obtained patents in a wide variety of technology areas.

Leverage our experience to better your outcomes.

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