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Karl W. Means

Karl W. Means

Karl W. Means advises clients on a range of intellectual property-related issues, including working with clients on to protect and license copyrighted works covering a wide variety of subjects, including publishing, music, computer software and web-based content.  Karl also counsels clients on the selection and protection of federally registered trademarks in the U.S., international trademarks, domain names and web-based advertising, and brand development. He also has extensive experience with technology-based transactions involving the commercialization of products and services, brand licensing, technology transfer, software licensing and development agreements.

Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Karl was a Shareholder in the Intellectual Property practice at the firm of Shulman Rogers.  Karl began his legal career with the U.S. Customs Service in Washington, D.C., where he was Senior Attorney in the Intellectual Property Rights Branch.

Karl holds an M.B.A. from Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. Karl received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and his B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University.

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Professional Involvement

  • District of Columbia Bar Association: Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section Chair (2006-2011)

  • International Trademark Association: Outreach Subcommittee, Anticounterfeiting and Enforcement Committee Chair (2002-2004)

  • Maryland Bar Association: Member (2000-present)

  • Maryland Technology Development Center: Member; Board of Advisors and Tenant Review Committee (2006-2013)

  • Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation: General Counsel (2003-2014)

  • Oklahoma Bar Association: Member (1989-present)

  • Washington Area  Lawyers for the Arts: Member; Education Committee (2009-present)


  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated


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