Joe Calhoun of Calhoun Law Firm has over twenty-five 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 (Biology and Psychology), and graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1983, Mr. Calhoun started his career as an associate at a commercial litigation law firm in San Francisco. He subsequently returned home to Little Rock, Arkansas as a law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Joe then entered private practice with a well known Little Rock business law firm, departing as a partner on the eve of 2000 to better concentrate his practice in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and business competition.
Currently a mentor at The Venture Center and actively supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Mr. Calhoun has long been involved in business start-up and expansion. In the 1990’s 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. Mr. Calhoun also organized ContourMed, Inc., the first company to emerge from Arkansas BioVentures, the technology development incubator at UAMS.
Mr. Calhoun was Treasurer of the Arkansas Biotechnology Association from 1997 to 2001, and Treasurer of the Arkansas Technology Transfer Society from 1997 to 2003. He was the principal draftsman of the Arkansas Biotechnology Training & Incentive Act of 1997, and provided assistance in the promulgation of regulations. He was involved in the Arkansas Venture Forum in 2002 and 2003, assisting in the planning of the Arkansas Venture Conference and grooming companies for making their presentations at the Conference. Mr. Calhoun was chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association for 2006 /2007, and he is currently chair for 2016/2017. And in 2014, Mr. Calhoun was 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.
Examples of Mr. Calhoun’s technology commercialization experience include legal representation of:
- Universities in pursuing patenting of bio-based, optical, electro-magnetic, electronic, mechanical, software-based and nano technologies, and licensing technology to spin-off companies.
- A start-up agri-biotechnology company in licensing technology patented by the United States Department of Agriculture, and negotiating sublicensing with companies within the United States and in foreign countries.
- An animal feed manufacturing company in structuring domestic and foreign distribution agreements and strategic alliances.
- An inventor of wound treatment biotechnology (and his succeeding start-up company) in pursuing patenting of technology and registration of trademarks within the United States and in foreign countries; subsequent representation of the inventor in sub-licensing of technology from the start-up company for use in particular fields of use.
- A start-up veterinary products company in licensing negotiations with companies within and outside the United States.
- A start-up biotechnology company in obtaining and commercializing patents on environmental remediation technology.
- Inventors patenting medical devices, and licensing medical devices to major medical device manufacturers.