Craig Carpenter

Craig Carpenter

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Craig Carpenter focuses his practice on intellectual property, technology, and data privacy and security law. He provides an innovative, holistic approach to the legal challenges his clients face by integrating all aspects of intellectual property when reviewing a company’s technology and branding needs. Craig’s unique combination of technology, branding, and data privacy expertise enables him to develop practical solutions for innovative clients across a wide range of industries – from individuals and start-ups to multi-nationals.

Craig helps companies and individuals protect, enforce, and monetize their IP assets, advising on a wide range of matters involving domestic and international trademark prosecution, global trademark portfolio management and enforcement, copyright registration and enforcement, and intellectual property licensing and acquisition. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in ICANN domain name disputes.

Craig has extensive experience in the cybersecurity and data privacy arena, counseling clients in matters involving the protection of confidential information, including preparing for, investigating and responding to data breaches, data collection and use, and data security in M&A transactions. Craig’s experience allows him to advise clients on technology development and licensing, intellectual property acquisition and sale, data collection and privacy, and online marketing and branding.  He also assists clients with Internet-related compliance and enforcement issues, including website and social media policies and terms of use, digital and social advertising review, sweepstakes and promotions, and Internet take-downs and IP enforcement.

Craig is recognized by Texas Rising Stars® for his intellectual property practice.


Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Internet Compliance

  • Counseled oil and gas industry services company regarding data breach and prepared breach notification letters
  • Counseled large retail company regarding global privacy and data use compliance
  • Assisted large international non-profit industry group in preparing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity, data protection, and breach response policies
  • Counseled a large financial services company regarding a data breach and assisted in the ensuing investigation
  • Reviewed and analyzed the Internet websites and policies of several businesses for compliance with COPPA and other Internet regulations
  • Prepared Internet privacy policies, terms of use, and click-wrap agreements
  • Counseled a large retail client with respect to intellectual property infringement on a fraudulent website operated in a foreign county
  • Reviewed and prepared official rules for online games and sweepstakes promotions 
  • Counseled a large fashion retailer and manufacturer regarding data collection and use policies
  • Counseled social media start-up with respect to FTC endorsement rules and data privacy laws

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Dress

  • Counseled brand-owners regarding the management and prosecution of trademarks in large international trademark portfolios
  • Counseled a large retail company on advertising and trademark prosecution and enforcement
  • Represented a large non-profit organization in ICANN domain name disputes
  • Prosecuted domestic and foreign trademark applications
  • Counseled clients regarding trademark owner rights with respect to potential infringers and cease and desist matters
  • Prepared trademark settlement agreements for trademark disputes
  • Counseled clients on developing and implementing global intellectual property protection strategies

Technology Transactions

  • Assisted a digital publishing company with the acquisition of social media assets
  • Represented an online software and service provider with the acquisition of a consulting firm and software assets
  • Represented a large agricultural company with the purchase of a computational genetics service provider
  • Prepared confidentiality, non-disclosure, and employee invention assignment agreements for a newly-formed research and development joint venture
  • Prepared intellectual property development and research cooperation agreements for a technology joint venture
  • Provided copyright advice and assisted software companies in the copyright enforcement of software license agreements
  • Prepared copyright, trademark, and intellectual property license and assignment agreements for numerous clients
  • Prepared services agreements for development of software and other intellectual property
  • Counseled a large hospitality company with regard to employee-created software and work made for hire considerations
  • Represented an international privately held commodities trading company in intellectual property acquisition and formation of a joint venture for research and development in computational genomics
  • Represented large technology-focused clients in mergers and acquisitions with regard to intellectual property diligence and title issues
  • Revised and negotiated a major outsourcing agreement with a multinational computer technology company involving, among other  clauses, data privacy and cybersecurity policy revisions


  • Top 100 Texas Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters; 2019
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Intellectual Property); 2016-2019
  • "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" by D Magazine; 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright), D Magazine; 2019

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section; New Lawyers Committee, Chair
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee
  • Member, Licensing Executive Society - Dallas Chapter
  • Member, SMU Cyber Security Advisory Board
  • Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability
  • Partner, Dallas Museum of Art