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Barnwell Whaley registered patent attorney Bill Killough with associate John Fletcher recently contributed a thorough review of South Carolina Trademark and Unfair Competition Law for the Practical Law Company Intellectual Property & Technology practice area.  The review may be viewed in whole online as a Practical Law Company subscriber and features information as to what statutes apply with regard to trademarks in South Carolina, what agencies oversee the issuance of said trademarks and service marks, as well as requirements for use and statutory bars to registration.  Infringement cause of action and cause for dilution provisions are allowed in South Carolina and these are detailed as well, as well as information on anti-counterfeiting statutes, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices statutes, and significant trademark related claims in South.  The entire South Carolina Trademark review may be viewed online at

July 2013

Barnwell Whaley registered patent attorney Bill Killough and associate attorney John Fletcher contribute review of South Carolina Trademark and Unfair Competition Law for Practical Law Company

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Firm background

Established in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, serves and counsels businesses and professionals throughout South Carolina and beyond.


With over 75 years in business under the same banner, the firm’s 18 members and associates focus on alternative dispute resolutions and mediations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, construction law, civil litigation defense, professional malpractice defense, business law, business immigration and products liability defense in both state and federal courts.


Barnwell Whaley is a full-service firm of seasoned lawyers supported by an experienced staff of paralegals, secretaries, medical and science professionals, engineers, chemists, law clerks, accounting and administrative personnel.


The firm serves and counsels businesses in Charleston, the Carolinas and throughout the country, and is engaged as counsel in several international matters involving intellectual property.


Sample clients include Sawgrass Technologies, Maybank Industries Group, The Medical University of South Carolina, the S.C. State Ports Authority, The Citadel (including its defense in the landmark case attempting to admit women to the institution in 1995), Traveler’s Insurance, CNA Insurance, and Lloyds of London, among others.


One of the central practice areas for Barnwell Whaley is its insurance defense practice, which represents numerous insurance carriers and self-insured businesses in the state. The firm is frequently retained to defend insured individuals and businesses who have been sued in various types of negligence actions, including professional liability and malpractice, products liability, construction defects, vehicular accidents, premises liability and other insured risks.


The common thread that connects all of Barnwell Whaley’s practice areas is complexity. Barnwell Whaley’ attorneys have been described by their peers as "lawyers' lawyers." The firm is frequently called by other attorneys to help at trial and is often selected to handle the most difficult cases in a company’s portfolio.


Barnwell Whaley is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for its clients. Often that means carefully and thoroughly preparing a case for trial and then trying the case to a decision. However, there are times when a thoughtfully negotiated settlement is the best interest of the client both emotionally and economically. In any case, the firm always puts the needs and best interests of its clients first.


Barnwell Whaley is located at
288 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, S.C.
For additional information, call 843.577.7700 or contact
Donn Ilagan.