Arlene Hanks manages the Trademark group, and boasts extensive experience in domestic and international trademark prosecution and protection, and in copyright, intellectual property licensing and transactional work for diverse clients.


Arlene aids clients in developing branding strategies, maximizing brand investment and protecting and policing brands globally, working with an extensive worldwide network of foreign counsel.

She also assists clients in intellectual property licensing and establishing global inter-company licensing structures for corporate families. Arlene handles intellectual property disputes and conducts IP due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and credit facilities.

She serves as general trademark counsel for numerous global companies across a wide spectrum of industries.


  • Hardware and security products
  • Computer software, hardware and related products and services
  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnical, medical and healthcare
  • HVAC
  • Clothing and apparel
  • Banking and finance
  • Print and broadcast media
  • Stock car racing and entertainment
  • Food products and services



  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Intellectual Property, 2016-2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law, 2012-2022; Copyright Law, 2022
  • Managing Intellectual Property's, IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP, 2013, Global IP Star, 2018, IP Stars, 2015-2021
  • World Trademark Review 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2013-2016, 2019-2021
  • Raleigh Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Business Leader Media, Mover & Shaker in North Carolina and Women Extraordinaire winner, 2010
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite list, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2014-2016, 2021-2022
  • BTI Consulting Group as one of 78 United States “BTI Client Service All-Star” attorneys, for delivering superior client service, from a survey of some 200 general counsels of Fortune 1000 Companies, 2001
  • C.L.E. faculty member, conducting seminars on trademarks and intellectual property.




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association:  Intellectual Property Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association


J.D., North Carolina Central University, summa cum laude

B.S., Louisiana State University, magna cum laude


  • North Carolina
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"Arlene is fantastic to work with. She is very knowledgeable, proactive and pragmatic." - Chambers, 2021 

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Intellectual Property, 2016-2021

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