Douglas A. Cherry

Partner, Technology Business Sector Chair

Board Certified in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, Doug is known for taking complex principles and making them understandable for his clients. His areas of concentration include IP (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, publicity rights, and unfair competition) consulting, acquisition, licensing, and litigation, as well as technology, cybersecurity, and data breach law. Doug represents corporations, municipalities, nonprofits, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, including technology, health care, law enforcement, and manufacturing.

Doug has extensive litigation and mediation experience involving high profile, corporate technology cases, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He is a founding member of Shumaker’s Data Breach Team. His background in computer consulting, fluency in many programming languages, and his computer skills, including database and network management, expert systems, simulation design, and various software packages, enable him to effectively and efficiently assist his clients.

Always looking for practical business solutions for his clients in order to avoid high cost disputes, Doug routinely counsels clients on preventative measures.

In his work, Doug also focuses on technology law, including consulting clients and attorneys in data breach and cybersecurity issues, electronic discovery issues, domain name disputes, E-commerce agreements, technology implementation transactions, software performance disputes, employment/consultant agreements, and technology licensing. His IP expertise allows him to assist clients in certain areas of general business law and entertainment law.

Doug is certified as an Intellectual Property Law Specialist by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

Doug has authored many articles on IP, cybersecurity/data breach, and legal technology for various publications and has been interviewed on similar topics for several publications.

Media Mentions

  • Represents a nationwide and international producer of dairy products regarding intellectual property protection and enforcement, as well as its technology and marketing-related transactional matters.
  • Represents numerous software developers with regarding to technology licensing agreements.
  • Represents a nationwide manufacturer and seller of drinkware products regarding intellectual property matters (transactional and litigation).
  • Represents a nationwide manufacturer and seller of automotive wheels regarding intellectual property matters (transactional and litigation).
  • Represents an official tourism marketing entity and provider of county tourism information regarding intellectual property matters (transactional and litigation).
  • Represents a large regional real estate brokerage company regarding intellectual property and technology matters.
  • Represents an e-commerce provider of medical products regarding intellectual property and technology matters.