Daniel L. Scales

Daniel Scales is the leader of Choate's copyright and trademark practice. Strategic portfolio management and counseling for clients with extensive international portfolios is an integral part of his practice. Daniel routinely counsels clients on trademark selection, brand protection and enforcement strategies in the United States and around the world. He has also orchestrated many domestic and international strategies concerning the intellectual property matters and acquisition of rights during and after complex technology transactions.

Daniel previously served as in-house counsel at Avid Technology, Inc. and advised the company on all clearance and prosecution matters and disputes, including advising the company on all aspects of its global rebranding. He is listed by The World Trademark Review (WTR 1000) in its rankings of “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.” 

Practice Focus

Trademark Strategy and Prosecution: manages thousands of U.S. and international trademark applications and registrations on behalf of clients in various industries, with a particular focus on technology, financial and pharmaceutical industries.

Technology Transactions: drafting and negotiating all types of technology-related transactions, including intellectual property licenses and transfers, service agreements, intellectual property asset sales, distribution and channel agreements, and strategic alliances.

Corporate and Financing Transactions: advising clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and private equity investments, with a particular focus on intellectual property due diligence and open source compliance issues.

Intellectual Property Counseling: advising companies on all aspects of intellectual property protection and asset management.

Representative Engagements

  • Advised multiple companies on global trademark strategy in connection with brand launches.
  • Designed and implemented intellectual property model for cross-border corporate restructuring.
  • Coordinated pharmaceutical client’s trademark clearance and applications with its regulatory filings.
  • Regularly performs open source software diligence for investor clients.
  • Negotiated off-shore software development agreement for telecommunications equipment company.
  • Implemented business plan for financial services company through series of customer and services agreements.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Navigating the U.S. Legal System” presentation to EM Lyon Business School students, at Choate’s office in 2014 and 2015.
  • “Open Source, Issues and Opportunities,” speaker, Practising Law Institute, New York, October 2011.

Professional and Community Involvement

Daniel is a member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association. Daniel previously served on a Free Software Foundation Discussion Committee responsible for reviewing comments on Version 3 of the General Public License.

Education & Credentials

Boston College Law School
JD, 2003, cum laude
Yale University
BA, 1997



U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

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