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Nieds and Hickman Named Inaugural Co-Chairs of Lee County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Intellectual Property Attorneys Mark Nieds and Luca Hickman were recently named co-chairs of Lee County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, launched in November 2020.

The LCBA IP Law Section provides members with a forum to discuss current issues and developments in the field of intellectual property including patent, trademark, and copyright law, as well as internet/social media law and data privacy, licensing and related transactional matters. Throughout the year, the IP Law Section will offer educational programs and be a resource to not only LCBA members, but also to members of the public and private sectors. What is more, the IP Law Section will provide opportunities for students to learn about the laws surrounding entrepreneurism and inventorship.

Nieds is also chair of Henderson Franklin’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. In addition to handling domestic and international intellectual property matters, he works with clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property and trade secret protection strategies and assists with new product launches, corporate rebranding projects, acquisitions, licensing, and data security matters. Nieds also represents clients in litigation when those rights must be enforced.

Nieds is a sought-after speaker, blogger on the Southwest Florida Business and IP Blog, and member of the International Trademark Association. He has been honored as a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated Magazine (2018-2020). Nieds received his undergraduate degrees from Miami University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He may be reached at or by phone at 239.344.1153.

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