Kayla O'Leary

Kayla C. O'Leary


Kayla C. O'Leary


  • Overview


    Kayla O'Leary assists clients with a variety of intellectual property and technology counseling, prosecution and transactional matters. She is a member of the Intellectual Property + Technology Group in the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group. 

    Intellectual Property Transactions

    Kayla’s practice involves advising clients on the development, protection and commercialization of intellectual property. For example, Kayla has aided clients with all aspects of a new technology product launch, including drafting development agreements, supply and manufacturing agreements, terms and conditions of product purchase, product support and maintenance agreements, and end user license agreements for software products. More generally, Kayla advises clients on trademark, patent, and copyright development, licensing and assignment agreements.

    Information Technology

    Kayla assists clients with technology licensing, development, acquisition, maintenance and servicing agreements. Specifically, in connection with technology development, she assists clients with a wide variety of agreements necessary to protect and exploit technology such as professional services and development contracts, nondisclosure and inventions assignment agreements, and license agreements. Kayla also represents clients licensing software by advising on and negotiating software license, cloud services and software as a service (SaaS) agreements.

    Trademark Prosecution

    Kayla assists clients with brand management including clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of trademark registrations and rights worldwide. Kayla also aids clients with resolution of ownership and rights disputes including assisting with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opposition and cancellation proceedings.

    Business Transactions

    Kayla has experience assisting companies with various aspects of their general commercial contracting needs, including employee and independent contractor confidentiality and inventions assignment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, reseller agreements, distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, minimum advertised price policies, website terms of use and privacy policies.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented GrowGeneration Corp. (GrowGen), an owner and operator of a network of specialty hydroponic gardening stores, advising on its acquisition of Agron.io, a leading wholesale agriculture platform powered by proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology that allows commercial growers to manage their purchasing and logistics in one platform. With this acquisition, announced on March 22, 2021, Agron.io Powered by GrowGeneration continues to be a one-stop destination for GrowGeneration's growing roster of commercial clients across the U.S.

      • Represented GrowGen in its acquisition of Char Coir, an RHP-certified growing medium made from the highest-grade coconut fiber available. Char Coir's line of coco products is projected to add in excess of $15 million in revenue to GrowGen in 2021. The acquisition was announced on March 15, 2021.

      • Represented GrowGeneration Corp. (GrowGen), an owner and operator of a network of specialty hydroponic gardening stores, in connection with its acquisition of Canopy Crop Management, an industry-leading silicic acid company that sells silicic acid-enriched fertilizers. The firm's Capital Markets + Securities Team advised GrowGen on the transaction, which was announced December 23, 2020.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Intellectual Property Section, Legislative Committee
    • Publications


      "Transformation or Derivation: Modern Trends in the Fair Use Doctrine from Software to Photography," co-authored with John L. Cordani, published in IPWatchdog. (11/17/2021)
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    • Presentations


      "Intellectual Property: 2020 SCOTUS Decisions and Other Landmark Cases," (1/19/2021)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 17, 2021

        Kayla O’Leary and John Cordani Author IPWatchdog Article on Modern Trends in the Fair Use Doctrine

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      • November 3, 2021

        Business Transactions Team Represents SmartEquip in Sale to Ritchie Bros.

      • March 31, 2021

        Capital Markets and Securities Team Represents GrowGeneration Corp. in Recent Acquisitions

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      • February 11, 2021

        Capital Markets and Securities Team Represents GrowGeneration Corp. in Significant Transactions

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      • January 14, 2021

        Jackie Scheib and Kayla O'Leary Author CT Chapter in INTA Member Publication

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    • Legal Updates/Newsletters

      Legal Updates/Newsletters

      "IP + T: Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored with John L. Cordani (Q2 2020)