Gavin George

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2007, Articles Editor; Michigan Telecomm. and Technology Law Review

B.S., Chemical Engineer, Brigham Young University, 2003, with honors

Admissions

Texas, 2007

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Languages

Spanish

Profile

Gavin George’s practice covers technology transactions, privacy and data security, and intellectual property in the information age. He regularly drafts and negotiates contracts and other documents involving the license, acquisition, and distribution of: software, hardware, protected data, personal information, technology, patents, brands and creative works. Gavin has advised a number of large U.S. and international companies across a variety of industries, including the health care, airline, hotel, pharmaceutical, railway, energy and entertainment industries.

Gavin facilitates business transactions involving the licensing, development, and transfer of software, data, and other technology for large and small companies. He handles commercial software licenses, technology development agreements, information technology services contracts, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, distribution agreements, cloud computing arrangements, and other outsourcing deals. He has significant experience related to open source software, cloud platforms, sensitive data, social media accounts, as well as the development of new software, mobile apps, video games, and websites.

Gavin counsels clients on a wide range of compliance and transactional issues related to privacy and data security. His areas of expertise include privacy policy drafting, compliance with federal and state privacy and data protection laws, FTC enforcement, data breach preparedness, data breach notice obligations, and mobile tracking technology. His expertise extends also to cross-border data transfers, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the HIPAA data privacy and security rules, and the Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA). Relatedly, Gavin advises on the compliance of customer communications with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the CAN-SPAM Act.

Gavin consults on general patent, copyright and trademark protection and privacy matters. He also regularly advises on the intellectual property, privacy, data transfer and technology issues that arise in corporate mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and bankruptcies.

In addition to his law degree, Gavin holds a B.S. in chemical engineering. Gavin earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) in 2014.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2017

Haynes and Boone lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 41 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition.

Selected Client Representations

  • Assists global medical company with technology agreement drafting and negotiation.
  • Represented Altec Lansing, LLC and its Australian affiliate in the purchase of the assets of Avega Systems, Inc. and its Australian affiliate.
  • Represented Ruby Tuesday, Inc. in its $24 million acquisition of assets of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Inc. and its affiliates. The asset purchase includes the brand's intellectual property rights and the assets of seven company owned restaurants, as well as royalties from five franchised restaurants.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association - IP Licensing Committee
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "The Nexus Between Data Privacy and Trademarks," speaker, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), October 17, 2016.
  • "Technology, Telemedicine and Trends," speaker, Dallas Provider Conference: Latest Trends and Developments in the Healthcare Sector, October 20, 2016.
  • "Taming the Wild West of Big Data: The Social Norms and Laws of Social Data," co-author, Dallas Business Journal Confidential, July 26, 2013. 
  • "Protecting User Data in Light of the FTC’s Recent Privacy Enforcement Actions," co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section, June 21, 2013. 
  • "European Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbor," presentation, North Texas Information Systems Audit and Control Association, April 11, 2013. 
  • "Lessons in Privacy Policy Drafting from LinkedIn Data Breach," Social Media Law Brief, September 6, 2012. 
  • "Cloud Computing Service Agreements," Lexology, April 19, 2012. 
  • "Employee/Consultant IP Assignment: Abbott v. Epocal," presentation, February 14, 2012. 
  • "Domain Name Collateral and Trademark Tangles," Law360, January 19, 2012. 
  • "IP License Transfer in Mergers and Acquisitions," presentation, November 11, 2011. 
  • "Business Trends and Case Law Updates in Software Licenses," Dallas Bar Computer Law Section, January 2011. 

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