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Intellectual Property Law Update: March 2015

Download the Intellectual Property Law Update [PDF] newsletter We hope everyone is enjoying springtime! In this issue, we address: The use of patent and trade secret strategies to protect ideas; The recent copyright law case involving the song Blurred Lines; Ways of controlling patent prosecution costs and; Pending federal legislation impacting data security requirements costs […]

FisherBroyles Atlanta Office Adds Nationally Recognized Intellectual Property and Promotions Attorney

FisherBroyles, LLP (“FisherBroyles”) grows its Atlanta office with the addition of Anne E. Yates to its Intellectual Property and Contests & Sweepstakes practices. “We are pleased to welcome Anne Yates to the FisherBroyles team,” said T.J. DoVale, FisherBroyles’ Intellectual Property Managing Partner. “Our intellectual property bench is deepening continually and the addition of Anne furthers […]

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Practice Areas:

  • Franchising, Dealerships & Distributorships
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • General Corporate
  • Commercial Transactions

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • Ohio
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Florida

In-House Experience:

  • Arthur Treacher’s, Inc., General Counsel


  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1991
  • Kent State University, M.A., 1986
  • Kent State University, B.A., 1983


Debra began her legal career representing a national franchisor in 1991. Almost 25 years later, Debra continues to concentrate her practice on brand expansion through franchising, dealerships and distributorships, and, trademark and brand protections. Her clients operate in a wide range of industries, including food & beverage, manufacturing, recycling, construction, marketing, personal services and transportation industries.

  • Her experience in franchising is comprehensive. She represents clients in FDD & document preparation, state registrations, dealership arrangements, co-branding, franchise compliance, real estate negotiations, acquisitions, vendor agreements, franchise advertising compliance, and franchise litigation monitoring.
  • Debra represents clients in trade protection matters including trademark registration, non-competition agreements, NDAs, trade secret protection, unfair competition law and proprietary product protection.
  • Debra acts as General Counsel for small to midsize clients.



  • Forum on Franchising – Membership Committee Member
  • Florida Bar Journal – Editorial Board Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Franchise Committee – Former Chair
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce – Former Trustee
  • Named Top Franchise Attorney in Jacksonville, 904 Magazine – 2010 to present
  • Named Top Business Attorney in Jacksonville, 904 Magazine – 2011 to present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating of Preeminent – 5 out of 5
  • AVVO rating 10

Community Service:

  • Duval Audubon Society – Board Member & Director
  • Shakti Life Kitchen – Board Member
  • Friends of Jacksonville Animals – Foster Volunteer

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