D. Wade Cloud Jr.
- Entertainment and Video Game Law
- IP Audits and Legal Opinions
- IP Due Diligence
- IP Portfolio Management and Counseling
- Internet Law
- Media and First Amendment Litigation
- Technology Transactions
- Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
- Trademark Trial and Appeal Board actions
- Trademarks, Trade Dress and Domain Names
D. Wade Cloud, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s technology/ intellectual property law group, bringing more than 30 years of legal experience handling international and domestic trademark, licensing and copyright registration and enforcement matters with a focus on clients in the video game and automotive parts industries. Wade is one of the nation’s leading intellectual property attorneys and is recognized for his diverse experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity, video gaming, entertainment, internet and computer law, unfair competition, and trade secrets.
Wade’s unique experience gives MWM serious firepower in an industry that contributes over $260 billion to the U.S. economy. He has seen the evolution of the video game industry into its current state in which there exists a strong relationship with the motion picture industry. With the introduction of video game tournaments such as QUAKECON, marketing campaigns, investors, and competitive teams, the success of esports in North Texas is second only to Los Angeles—where MWM established an office earlier this year. Wade’s addition enhances MWM’s video game and esports capabilities. – the firm, well-known as an IP powerhouse, now has a substantial group of IP, corporate, entertainment, and labor and employment attorneys who represent significant names in the industry.
Wade has been working with video game companies since 1992 and understands and appreciates the unique, dynamic aspects of the industry. He has watched small evolve into well-respected industry leaders and he has guided several mid-sized and small clients through a fast-paced, ever-changing industry. He advises clients on a wide range of issues including trademark registration and protection, licensing of intellectual property, and acquisition and sales.
He has represented clients in a variety of other industries, including travel, automotive parts, food, software development and distribution and more. He counsels his clients on a wide range of business matters including the licensing of intellectual property, registration of trademarks, trademark opposition proceedings, the enforcement and defense of copyrights and trademarks, and the negotiation and preparation of contracts, including independent contractor agreements, software development and software distribution agreements.
Wade received his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law where he was selected for Baylor Law Review as the notes and comments editor. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association and he was previously a shareholder at Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urback, P.C. in Addison, Texas.
- Representation of numerous client portfolio growth from small start-up businesses into large thriving companies, and serving as their legal counsel for a variety of matters;
- Representation of clients in a variety of industries for a wide range of issues, including the licensing of intellectual property, registration of trademarks, trademark opposition proceedings, the enforcement and defense of copyrights and trademarks, and the negotiation and preparation of contracts.
Presentations & Published Works
“Cavnar v. Quality Control Parking, Inc.: Prejudgment Interest is Now Recoverable in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Survival Action Cases,” 38 Baylor L. Rzev 385 (1986)
Professional Associations & Memberships
State Bar of Texas, Computer Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections
Dallas Bar Association Member, Science & Technology and Intellectual Property Law Sections