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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2443

Brian T. Sniffen


Brian T. Sniffen is a partner on Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s business and intellectual property practice teams and is active in the Portland business community. Brian has assisted clients with a wide range of business and litigation matters. He now focuses his practice on helping clients manage and enforce valuable intellectual property rights, advising clients on corporate formation, merger, acquisition, and governance matters, and assisting clients - large and small - with the data-privacy and data-security aspects of their business. Brian particularly enjoys advising clients on trademark and copyright issues, including enforcement, protection, and monetization of copyright and trademark rights, and the intellectual property aspects of advertising and website content. He also provides regular guidance on intellectual property enforcement issues as they arise in the internet, mobile app, and social media context.

Brian is passionate about helping start-up and emerging businesses in a variety of industries (from craft industries to the technology sector) and works hard to help clients achieve their goals in an efficient and economical way.

Representative Experience

Regularly counsels clients with trademark and copyright issues, including fair use and claims of infringement. Regularly assists with the management of trademark and copyright portfolios, including licensing transactions.
Frequently provides clients’ business and legal teams with advice and document drafting assistance. Regularly assists clients when extra capacity is needed, such as during times of staffing changes or when clients are otherwise experiencing a higher than normal volume of legal work.
Prepares, negotiates, and advises on a wide variety of contractor, vendor, supplier, confidentiality/nondisclosure, development, and other service agreements.
Advises craft brewers in a variety of contexts, including licensing, distribution, contract review, fundraising, and dispute resolution.
Evaluates clients' data-privacy and data-security practices and the applicability of various laws, regulations and rules, helps draft privacy policies and data-security policies, negotiate vendor agreements, and respond to data breaches. Presents on data-privacy and data-security issues.