Director/Shareholder Dwayne Goetzel
Dwayne Goetzel has handled hundreds and hundreds of cases in state and federal courts all across the United States. The subject matter of the various trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition, and domain name cases has run the gamut from automotive products, computer hardware and software, electronic devices, books, music rights, bakery items, exercise equipment, fishing tackle, medical devices, and telecommunications equipment, to name just a few. In 2004, Mr. Goetzel was one of the attorneys honored by “Kroll on Track” for his involvement in the “Thought Leading Computer Forensic Case of the Year.” He has also served as local counsel for cases venued in the Western District of Texas for many diverse clients.
In addition to trial matters, Mr. Goetzel has been involved in many opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as numerous domain name arbitration matters via ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
On a daily basis, Mr. Goetzel assists clients with a wide variety of copyright, trademark and domain name needs, including prosecution, anti-piracy protection, clearance, and obtaining rights through applications and agreements. For example, he has been responsible for and involved in all aspects of copyright and trademark prosecution practice, including responding to office actions, declarations of continued use, renewals, and amendments to existing registrations. He has prepared innumerable documents and agreements pertaining to intellectual property matters, such as contracts, licenses, assignments, work for hire agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and employer-employee covenants. In addition, Mr. Goetzel has built up a worldwide network of attorneys and trademark agents that allow his clients to file applications through our offices in just about any country of interest to the client.
Mr. Goetzel graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history, from Angelo State University in 1986. As an undergraduate, he received the Presidential Award, the Modern Languages Award, and was a member of several academic honor societies. Mr. Goetzel also received a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship, and attended German law studies at Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany, from 1986 to 1987.
After legal studies in Germany, Mr. Goetzel attended the University of Texas School of Law, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1990. While in law school, Mr. Goetzel was a National Finalist in the Jessup International Moot Court competition, a member of the Texas International Law Journal, a Finalist in the Susman, Godfrey Moot Court competition, and was inducted into the Order of Barristers in 1990. He also received the Dean’s Achievement Award in European Community Law.
Mr. Goetzel is admitted to practice before the State Bar of Texas, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Southern District of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the State Bar of California (inactive status as to California). Mr. Goetzel is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), and attends meetings and conferences of these associations worldwide.