Craig Mytelka is Co-Chair of the firm's Trade Secrets, Employee Benefits and Restrictive Covenants Practice. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee. His practice is concentrated in the areas of U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright law, domestic and international licensing, franchise law, unfair competition, trade secrets and patents, international trade and U.S. Customs regulations, as well as general corporate law. Craig also maintains a civil litigation practice, which includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of infringements, unfair competition, trade secrets and other complex litigation. He previously served the firm as Chair of Business Development and Marketing, and he has served on the firm’s board of directors as vice president.


 

Craig Mytelka is Co-Chair of the firm's Trade Secrets, Employee Benefits and Restrictive Covenants Practice. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee. His practice is concentrated in the areas of U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright law, domestic and international licensing, franchise law, unfair competition, trade secrets and patents, international trade and U.S. Customs regulations, as well as general corporate law.  Craig also maintains a civil litigation practice, which includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of infringements, unfair competition, trade secrets and other complex litigation.  He previously served the firm as Chair of Business Development and Marketing, and he has served on the firm’s board of directors as vice president.

Craig is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2011-present) and has been named one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine (2008-present). He was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Patent Litigation in Norfolk. In 2010, he was featured in Virginia Business magazine as one of the top 10 vote recipients in Intellectual Property for the 2009 Legal Elite.  Craig has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading intellectual property attorney (2004-present) and named a “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present).  In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated him an AV attorney, its highest rating available.  Craig is also recognized as a Master in The James Kent American Inn of Court. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Section of the Federal Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association.

Craig serves as a trustee at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach and serves on the board of directors of Horizons - Hampton Roads.  He has previously served as an adjunct professor of law at Regent University School of Law, where he taught computer, trademark, copyright, patent and unfair competition law.  He has also served on the advisory board to the College of Engineering and Science at Old Dominion University, served as a Director and on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and served as a Director on the Board of Technology Hampton Roads.

A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Craig received his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.  While in law school, he was a merit scholar and a member of the University of Richmond Law Review

  • Served as lead counsel in defending an international manufacturer of furniture products against a patent infringement lawsuit and attacking the validity of the competitor's patents. Williams Mullen lead the effort to collect technical documents and data and to interview key witnesses, including extensive work in China and with Chinese-language documents; conducted numerous depositions; interviewed, retained, and prepared technical experts.
  • Serve as outside counsel to Sentara Healthcare and its affiliates. Representation has included assistance with acquisitions of and affiliations with health care facilities; hospital-physician joint ventures; tax and executive compensation; physician contracting activities; reimbursement matters, including Medicare and Medicaid audits and investigations; peer review proceedings; development of corporate compliance programs; government contracting and risk management. Also advise this client, a noted leader in the implementation of the eICU, on a variety of intellectual property and patent matters including software licensing and acquisition, trademark and patent prosecution, health care informatics, privacy and data management projects, advertising, IP risk analysis and infringement litigation.
  • Filed suit for design patent and trade dress infringement of two aquatic toy products, including an underwater skateboard and a spring float.  Case was resolved after mediation.
  • Filed declaratory judgment action on behalf of reinsurer for declaration of noncoverage based on nondisclosure.
  • Represented national fast food restaurant owner and franchisor to enforce our client's nationally registered trademarks against a truck stop operating under the same name.  Case settled.   
  • Represented reinsurer on appeal to the 4th Circuit in coverage dispute.
  • Filed suit on behalf of coffee manufacturer-client asserting infringement of registered and common law trademarks and trade dress based on defendants' use of an imitation of those marks on a coffee can used as a promotional item for the movie "Watchmen." Case settled.
  • Williams Mullen filed a declaratory judgment action for declaration of noninfringement of marks in response to claims asserted by La-Z-Boy.  We also included affirmative claims of trademark infringement against La-Z-Boy, and asserted affirmative claims of trademark infringement against La-Z-Boy. The case settled at an early mediation. 
  • Defended manufacturer of skin care products against preliminary injunction for breach of distribution agreement.  Case settled before ruling on the preliminary injunction.