Helping Clients Grow & Protect their Businesses & Brands

Vanderbloemen Law Firm is a nimble, boutique practice that works with entrepreneurs, established businesses, and other valued clients and colleagues in the following areas:

Intellectual Property & Technology

The firm handles a wide range of intellectual property matters in the areas of trademarks, patents, copyrights, and technology. The firm's founder, Tom Vanderbloemen, is a registered patent attorney and has been regularly recognized for his intellectual property practice by Super Lawyers, Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers, where he was named 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Greenville for intellectual property litigation. Vanderbloemen serves on the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association and previously served on the board of the Carolina Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Association.

Clients range from small start-up companies needing initial intellectual property protection to more established global enterprises. Vanderbloemen has represented clients in numerous industries, including:

  • Fitness
  • Higher Education and Athletics
  • Apparel
  • Medical
  • Food, Restaurants & Hospitality
  • Entertainment & the Arts
  • Industrial and Building Products
  • Software, Website, & App Development
  • Transportation
Vanderbloemen has handled a wide variety of intellectual property and technology disputes, with matters including:

  • Defending environmental spill containment product manufacturer against claims of patent infringement;
  • Representing real estate developer in infringement claims related to architectural copyrights;
  • Enforcing trademark and trade dress rights of restaurant and fitness franchisors;
  • Obtaining temporary injunctive relief on behalf of furniture designer in case involving claims of intellectual property infringement;
  • Defending software developer in claims related to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation;
  • Representing inventor of novel building products method in patent infringement litigation; and
  • Issuing and responding to numerous demands to cease and desist alleged infringement of intellectual property rights.

Franchising & Distribution Networks

The firm handles matters related to franchise and distribution networks, with particular experience in franchise agreements, franchisor-franchisee relations, and distributor and vendor networks. Given that franchise relationships are strongly intertwined with trademark and other intellectual property rights, the firm's experience in these areas reinforces its ability to represent clients in the franchise industry.

Outsourced General Counsel Solutions

One of the creative ways the firm represents clients is through its offering of outsourced general counsel solutions. Under this approach, the firm serves essentially as a client's outsourced "in-house" counsel, often working at the client's locations and with its team members. This approach is particularly well-suited for entrepreneurial and emerging businesses that have regular legal matters, but that do not want or need to carry the overhead of a full-time legal department. The firm is also able to provide alternative fee arrangements that give clients predictability about their overall legal costs, all while having regular access to counsel to assist in the ongoing needs of their businesses. The firm provides a wide range of services in this area, including contract preparation, review, and negotiation, employment-related matters such as non-competition agreements and non-disclosure agreements, regulatory matters, and hiring and coordinating with other outside counsel, including out-of-state and foreign counsel.

Appeals, Litigation, & Local Counsel Services

In addition to the services Vanderbloemen Law Firm handles for its clients in the areas of intellectual property, franchising, and business disputes, the firm also handles a wide range of appeals, with a particular emphasis on federal court appeals, and assists out-of-state firms needing local counsel in South Carolina courts. The firm's founder, Tom Vanderbloemen, served as a law clerk to the Hon. William B. Traxler, Jr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he has argued at the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits. In law school, Vanderbloemen served as an assistant to the late Hon. Robinson O. Everett in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and also served as an intern to Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Vanderbloemen was selected by Best Lawyers as 2018 Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for Greenville. He has spoken to the South Carolina Bar Annual Convention and to the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on appellate matters, and he is often consulted and retained by other attorneys on appeals. He has argued numerous times before the federal appellate courts, including in six cases resulting in published opinions.

Vanderbloemen has also assisted numerous out-of-state firms needing local counsel in South Carolina, including firms from California, New York, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, Virginia, and Quebec.