Mr. Byer is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Mr. Byer concentrates on intellectual property counseling and litigation, particularly on issues relating to copyright, trademark, and licensing. He assists companies involved in the technology, biotechnology, publishing, finance, manufacturing, medical devices, entertainment and electronics industries to develop and exploit robust intellectual property assets in the United States and around the world. Mr. Byer represents both licensors and licensees of world-famous brands and content across a range of industries, and he counsels those clients on advertising, promotion, and marketing issues. Mr. Byer also advises clients on the complex issues of copyright and internet-based law, including questions concerning content, search, domain names, and fair use. Mr. Byer litigates trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, advertising and unfair competition cases in courts and agencies around the United States. He also advises investors, underwriters and companies on enforcement and infringement risks.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Byer was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property practice group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Between 1993 and 2005, he was an adjunct faculty member at Boston University's School of Law, where he taught Trademark and Unfair Competition Law.