Raymond G. Areaux is a founding partner of the firm, where he chairs the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He served as Managing Member in the founding year of the Firm and for a three-year term in 2010-2012.
His practice is devoted to obtaining, licensing and litigating all manner of intellectual property rights. His primary practice areas are computers and software, patents, trademarks, brands, domain names, trade secrets, media law, copyright, unfair competition and franchises. He is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics. He also advises clients on database breach, security, privacy policies and other issues, including under the CCPA/CPRA, GDRP, HIPAA and GLB. Mr. Areaux’s experience includes prosecuting patents in the electronic arts, software arts, web-based delivery arts, biotech arts, and mechanical arts; negotiating licensing, outsourcing and technology transfer agreements; prosecuting and maintaining a large variety of trademarks, service marks and brands; litigating patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright infringement and licensing disputes and litigating other contract disputes involving technology, including patent infringement claims against the United States government, including claims against the Department of Defense military departments; litigating domain name disputes, including UDRP and ACPA disputes; litigating patent matters before the PTAB and trademark matters before the TTAB; and arbitrating computer software licensing and transactions disputes. Mr. Areaux also assists his clients in preparing and negotiating organizational and operating documents for corporations and limited liability companies and related agreements as well as agreements for the acquisition or divestiture of companies and/or their assets, including angel, venture capital and other private capital investment arrangements.
Mr. Areaux is often asked to serve as a mediator or arbitrator for patent, trademark, licensing, software contract or other intellectual property disputes. Mr. Areaux has served as an arbitrator with the AAA since 1994 and is designated for the special roster for AAA Large/Complex matters.
Domestic Violence Grants Subcommittee of the Louisiana Bar Foundation Grants Committee (Chair 2012-2017; committee 2008-2017)
Loyola Law School Dean's Committee (Chair 2020-2023, member since 2015)
Adjunct Law Professor, Loyola University School of Law, teaching “Trademarks and Unfair Competition” for 25 years and “Information Privacy Law” for 8 years
Tulane Law School, Head of Tulane Trademark Clinic (2018-2021)
Member of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) and Board member (FORUM Chair) (2015-2020)
Member of two Angel investment groups, Lagniappe Angels and South Coast Angel Fund; and former member, and now affiliated through Lagniappe, with NOLA Angel Network
Other Professional Experience: former product development engineer with IBM and former systems engineer with Conoco