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Darrick J. Hooker

Darrick J. Hooker

Akerman LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Darrick Hooker is a counselor and a litigator who routinely counsels and represents clients with a variety of intellectual property issues, including patent litigation and counseling relating to litigation, as well as trade secret, trademark, copyright, and entertainment matters.  He has extensive transactional and litigation experience representing clients, including but not limited to, the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, computer software, chemicals, mechanical devices, industrial, renewable energy, utility, mechanical engineering, and automotive/transportation industries.  Darrick has extensive experience in initial case evaluation and assessment, development of case strategy and settlement options, all phases of discovery, Markman hearings, trial strategy development, trial, and post-trial proceedings and appeal.

He also assists his clients with licensing, risk assessment and management, internal governance, compliance, and due diligence investigations in connection with licensing transactions, mergers, and acquisitions, namely those involving intellectual property portfolio acquisitions.  As a result, he has developed a reputation for having an in-depth understanding of a client’s business and technology to successfully identify and manage global assets, such as licensing and “freedom to practice” analyses of products, methods, and packaging.  This includes conducting patent landscape investigations, and opinion work such as patentability, validity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions.

His entertainment practice includes advising and counseling clients on intellectual property, licensing and other contract rights, publishing rights, rights of publicity, and branding issues.

As a commercial litigator, Darrick has advised clients on and litigated cases involving complex commercial matters, including cyber security, product liability, premises liability, and breach of commercial agreements.

Darrick is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Science & Education Technology, Free Spirit Media, and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.  He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington.

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