Uleses C. Henderson, Jr.
Uleses’ diverse practice provides for a broad range of intellectual property counseling and litigation services in all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secret, entertainment and new media, sports, and rights of publicity.
He performs overall strategic advisory services, to include patent non-infringement and validity analyses and opinions; trademark and product clearance and business methodology; intellectual property transactions and due diligence; acquisition and development of intellectual property; patent and trademark prosecution before the US Patent and Trademark Office; domain name disputes; patent and trademark licensing; high-tech transactional consultation, information technology licensing and outsourcing; and general intellectual property enforcement and litigation for various corporations, public entities and associations, as well as religious and non-profit organizations. Uleses’ practice enables him to take a comprehensive approach when counseling clients on intellectual property matters, thus allowing clients to make well-informed decisions. When helping clients determine how best to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights, Uleses strives to take the client’s business objectives, product or service types, budget considerations, and any other pertinent business or industry related factors into account.
In connection with his transactional practice, Uleses has significant experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements that touch on all aspects of intellectual property rights, including ownership, licensing, confidentiality, liability, manufacturing, and open source issues. He is experienced in drafting a broad spectrum of agreements, including technology transfer agreements, technology license agreements, patent and trademark license agreements, joint development agreements, professional service agreements, ERP and implementation agreements, statements of work, service level agreements, consulting agreements, non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, software development and licensing agreements, website development and hosting agreements, term sheets, and letters of intent.
He counsels entertainment and new media clientele on both transactional and content aspects of music, publishing, photography, content licensing, celebrity endorsements, sports and sponsorship of live sporting events, online entertainment and other entertainment industry matters.
Uleses’ litigation experience spans a wide array of technologies and industries, including medical devices, imaging and inspection devices, telecommunications, signal processing, automotive, sports equipment, toys and games, online media, music, video, television, broadcasting, audio and digital electronics, consumer products, and retail merchandise.
Representative cases and matters include:
- Mark McHugh v. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. – Represented defendant Louisville Slugger in patent infringement action involving an ergonomic golf glove.
- Rapiscan Security Products, Inc. v. Science Applications International Corporation – Represented defendant SAIC in patent infringement action involving mobile gamma-ray imaging system.
- Anthony Aberdeen v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc. et al. – Represented defendants in a class action suit involving EPA estimates used by Toyota in its advertising.
- Allergan Inc. v Cayman Chemical Company et al. – Represented defendant Cayman Chemical in patent infringement action involving a hair growth compound.
- Aames Financial Corp. v. Jim Salmon – Represented plaintiffs in trademark infringement action against cybersquatter.
- IP Innovation, LLC. et al. v. Ecollege.com – Represented Docent in patent infringement Federal Circuit appeal involving e-learning software.
- Memry Corporation v Kentucky Oil Technology, N.V. et al. – Represented Schlumberger in trade secret action against former employee.
- Worldwide Home Products, Inc. v Time Inc. et al. – Represented defendants in patent infringement action involving clothes hangers.
- Bestway (USA), Inc. et al. v. Jilong Shanghai Plastic Products Co., Ltd. et al. – Representing plaintiffs in an unfair competition action.
- Bestway Inflatables & Materials Corp. v. Intex Recreation Corp. et al. – Representing plaintiff in patent infringement action involving filters for above-ground pools.
- Ist Technology v. Rational Enterprises Ltda et al. – Represented defendants in a patent infringement action involving a method of transmitting multimedia over a web-based network.
- HipHopLands, Ltd. v. Blackground Records, LLC et al. – Represented defendant Universal Music Group in breach of contract dispute.
Uleses’ more notable representations include having served as international counsel for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; advising on the evaluation of products and packaging designs relating to trademark, trade dress, copyright, and patent issues for one of the world’s largest retailers and a leading audio and electronics manufacturer; and serving as counsel to Grammy-award winning songwriters and music producers.
In addition, Uleses serves as General Counsel of Church Of God In Christ, Inc., the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States.
He regularly lectures on a variety of topics in the entertainment, new media, intellectual property and technology areas, having included speaking engagements at such annual events as the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention, the National Bar Association’s Annual Convention and Annual Corporate Counsel Conference, INTA Trademark Administrators Conference, and the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting.
Uleses’ prior experience includes multiple associate roles in such firms as Loeb & Loeb LLP (Los Angeles), Foley & Lardner LLP (Los Angeles), Christie, Parker & Hale LLP (Pasadena), and The Eclipse Group (Los Angeles).
He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Loyola Law Review.
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
- M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- J.D., Loyola Law School
- Executive Editor, Loyola Law Review
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Member, National Bar Association
- Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
- Member, National Society of Black Engineers (Los Angeles Alumni Chapter)
- Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association
- Member, Gospel Music Association
- Member, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
- Secretary of Executive Board, Jubilee Broadcasting Network, LLC.
- General Counsel, Church Of God In Christ, Inc.
- Vice Chairman, Church Of God In Christ Publishing Board
- U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
- U.S. Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Quarterly Columnist, “Legally Speaking,” Whole Truth Magazine, Church of God In Christ Publishing House
- America Invents Act of 2011, Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace, 2nd Ed., 2014 Cumulative Supplement (December 2014)
- “Gripe Web Sites – Complain or Not to Complain?,” Surfing Trademark Issues on the Web, Foley & Lardner White Paper (September 2006)
- “The Business of Leasing and Selling Beats,” The Music Powers That Be…To Succeed In the Music Industry, WRM – i-Media (2005)
- “Laser Fluorescence Anemometer Measurements in the Langley 16 X 24” Water Tunnel,” NASA TP 3454 (1994)