Prominent Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Ice Miller

Prominent Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Ice Miller

Duo Expands the Firm's IP Litigation Practice


Indianapolis, Ind. January 18, 2012– Ice Miller is pleased to announce that Holiday Banta and Troy Cole (T.J.) have joined the Firm as partners in the Intellectual Property Group. Banta and Cole both join the Firm from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP where they practiced for over 18 years.

Over the course of their careers in Indianapolis, they have been highly visible members of the local intellectual property bar. Banta, originally from Knoxville, Tenn., graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She received her juris doctorate from Vanderbilt and served one term as an intern for The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, Federal District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. Banta is a registered patent attorney and concentrates her practice in the areas of intellectual property litigation, dispute negotiation, U.S. and foreign trademark prosecution and intellectual property licensing.

Cole is also a registered patent attorney with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Theoretical and Applied Physics from Bradley University. He received his juris doctorate from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. Prior to law school, Cole obtained over five years of technical experience as an electrical engineer, specializing in classified high frequency military electronics, at Texas Instruments. Inc. His practice is focused on assisting clients with obtaining protection for their intellectual property by securing patents trademarks and copyrights, as well as intellectual property licensing, enforcement and defense.

"This is an enormous opportunity for the Firm to broaden our experience in a variety of industries including telecommunications, wireless technology, music, automotive/motorsports and complex electronic systems fields," stated Michael Wukmer, chair of the IP group. "Their ability to manage domestic and international patent and trademark matters on a daily basis, combined with their ability to navigate U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, will be an asset to our clients," concluded Wukmer.

Banta and Cole are active in the Indianapolis community as chairs of the Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction, former chairs of Zoobilation and volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art as well as other philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations.

Ice Miller's intellectual property group includes registered patent attorneys with decades of experience in assisting our clients with their intellectual property needs and issues on a cost-effective basis. When necessary, Ice Miller attorneys enforce or defend those rights at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The IP group also includes attorneys with industry experience and advanced degrees in technology and business.

This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.