Cynthia L. Stewart
With over 18 years of Intellectual Property experience at Frost Brown Todd LLC, Cindy represents her clients in all aspects of IT systems, software and services licensing and acquisition. Her extensive insight into the IP realm has helped her clients by enabling her to find and neutralize the traps that are frequently present in IT agreements and to move the deal along in a manner consistent with the larger goal. Most recent deals have been in the health care and financial industries. As health care entities are diligently working to enable electronic medical records to achieve “meaningful” use, Cindy helps her clients put in place implementation schedules and incentives and/or penalties that are tied to the EHR incentive deadlines and other relevant regulatory and internal timelines. In the banking industry, clients are always seeking to better automate backend, front-end and internal processes while ensuring data and NPI security and Cindy works with this clients to minimize risk and maximize investment dollars. In addition to health care and banking IT work, Cindy’s work extends across all fields of business, including manufacturing and purchasing organizations as well as the QSR food industry. Within the past year, Cindy was involved in the negotiation and roll-out of a private, high-speed internet network in the food-service industry that encompassed over 6,000 locations across the continental United States.
She also manages large IP portfolios for U.S. based and international brands. These brands are registered worldwide and require enforcement in the U.S. and abroad. Cindy works with other firm intellectual property lawyers to manage these portfolios in a cost efficient yet effective manner.
Prior to moving into the Intellectual Property field at Frost Brown Todd, Cindy spent nine years doing mergers and acquisition work, primarily in the banking field. This background in transactional work proves valuable when negotiating and executing larger IT deals.
Assist in all aspects of a new technology roll-out, including the negotiation of software licenses (or, alternatively, acquisition/development of software), of agreements for implementation services and contract labor, and end-user licenses and click through agreements.
Assist in strategy to protect well known brands in consumer and commercial markets, including home and office furnishings and other home related consumer products. We successfully assisted our clients in thwarting knock-offs through legal attacks on multiple legal fronts, including trademark, trade dress, false affiliation, design patent and copyright
Assist in the management of large IP portfolios, including enforcement, assistance with expansion and cost saving strategies, and the negotiation of strategic co-existence or license agreements.
Assisted client in the hospitality industry in an 8-month long negotiation and 24-month roll-out of a private high speed internet network encompassing over 6,000 locations across the continental United States.
Represented technology provider client in 10-month long extensive negotiation with a Fortune 500 company in the health care field.
Highlights & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America®, Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law, 2003-2016, 2018-2019; Copyright Law, 2017-2019; Trademark Law, 2017-2019; Louisville Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016
- Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2011-2017
- Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Louisville Bar Association
- International Trademark Association, Women Lawyers Association
Recent Blog Posts
- Attention Website Operators and Online Service Providers:
- Attention Website Operators and Online Service Providers: It’s Time to Refile Your Designated Agent Information with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Tips For Negotiating IT Contracts for the Health Care Industry
- ALP: I keep hearing about Sarbanes-Oxley in relation to software and don't understand the connection. Isn't Sarbanes-Oxley related to financial disclosure and fiscal reporting?
- ALP: What is "Open Source" Software and How Can It Impact My Business?
- ALP: What is a Source Code Escrow, and when do I need one?
- ALP: When a company is considering a significant investment in software, what are some tips for a successful acquisition?
- The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 includes 169 Frost Brown Attorneys
- 56 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Chambers USA®
- 163 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
- Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Chambers USA®
- 161 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
- Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Chambers USA®
- 168 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
- Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA®
- 175 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- 65 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA®
- 175 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015
- 63 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA®
- 172 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers®
- 67 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Chambers USA®
- 31 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in Louisville Magazine
- 167 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Best Lawyers®
- 40 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in Louisville Magazine
- 150 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2012 Edition
- 57 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2011 Chambers USA®
- 145 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2011 Edition
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Women Influencing Louisville, Inc. and Women Influencing Louisville Charities, Inc. – Founding Board member and legal counsel for 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) entities that focus on the attraction, retention, and advancement of professional women in business, nonprofit, and community organizations for the long term betterment of the Louisville metropolitan area.
- Apron, Inc. – Founding board member and legal counsel for 501(c)(3) that provides emergency financial relief for persons working in independent food service industry in the Louisville metropolitan area
- Provides IP legal services on a regular basis for several additional not-for-profit arts and charitable organizations.
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Speaker: The University of Kentucky's Annual Equine Law Seminar on intellectual property issues in 2005. This is the premier equine law seminar.
Contributing Author: "Inside the Minds: The Laws Behind Technology"
Aspatore Books, 2004