Joe Calhoun of Calhoun Law Firm has over 25 years of legal and related business experience in commercial litigation and client counseling, especially in the intellectual property fields. His primary practice areas include the creation or registration of intellectual property rights, the guiding of clients’ commercialization of those rights, the assignment or licensing of such rights to or from others, and the enforcement of (or defense against) infringement claims.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in Biology and Psychology, and graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1983, Joe started his career as an associate at a commercial litigation law firm in San Francisco. He subsequently returned home to Little Rock, as a law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Joe later entered private practice and then branched out on his own to better concentrate his practice in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and business competition.
Joe has long been involved in business start-up and expansion. In the 1990s he represented the Technical Enterprise Center—Arkansas’ first business incubator—in assisting tenants organizing business operations and entering the market. He also formed a number of community development corporations to develop and implement plans to revitalize commercial districts and nearby housing. Joe also organized ContourMed, Inc., the first company to emerge from Arkansas BioVentures, the technology development incubator at UAMS.
Joe has served as chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association. He previously served as Treasurer of the Arkansas Biotechnology Association and Treasurer of the Arkansas Technology Transfer Society. He was the principal draftsman of the Arkansas Biotechnology Training & Incentive Act, and provided assistance in the promulgation of regulations. He was later involved in the Arkansas Venture Forum, assisting in the planning of the Arkansas Venture Conference and grooming companies for making their presentations at the Conference. Joe has also been an active member of the Advisory Committee for the Life Sciences Emerging Technology Fund of the Central Texas (Austin) Regional Center of Innovation & Commercialization; that committee vetted companies and evaluated their applications for grant funding from the State of Texas.