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Alexander H Butterman

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          Mr. Butterman is a seasoned trademark attorney and former Attorney Advisor in the trademark examining operations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who has been with Staas & Halsey since 2005.  At the USPTO, Mr. Butterman worked in one of the Law Offices that specialized in cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning preparations, publications and office supplies, toys and sporting goods, plus a variety of different services.  Both before and after his experience at the USPTO, Mr. Butterman worked as an associate in several intellectual property specialty law firms and in the in-house legal department of a major international hospitality industry corporation counseling a wide variety of large and small businesses in both domestic and international trademark clearance (selection), prosecution, maintenance, protection, enforcement and transactional matters.  Mr. Butterman’s work experience also covers unfair competition and copyright prosecution and transactional matters.  During law school, Mr. Butterman interned in the copyright administration department of EMI Music Publishing.

            Mr. Butterman’s law school endeavors featured an appointment as the Executive Notes and Comments editor of the New York International Law Review and the publication of his article entitled, “Baseball’s Anti-trust Exemption and an Owner-Imposed Salary Cap: Can They Coexist?” in an entertainment and sports law journal of the American Bar Association.   

            In addition to membership in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Alex Butterman is an active member of the International Trademark Association participating in several of its committees for the past two committee terms.  Mr. Butterman focuses his practice on all areas of foreign and domestic trademark law, copyright practice and unfair competition.


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Practice areas


  1. Trademark Application: 60%
    21 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Trademark: 30%
    21 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 5%
    18 years
  4. Copyright Application: 5%
    21 years



Hourly ($335-355/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (1%)

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Contact info

Staas & Halsey

1201 New York Avenue NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005-3917


DCActive 199811/29/2015
NYCurrently registered 199603/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
trademark attorneySTAAS & HALSEY LLP2005 - Present
consultantMARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.2003 - 2004
trademark attorneyEdell Shapiro & Finnan, LLC2000 - 2003
Trademark Examining AttorneyUNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE1997 - 2000
AssociateWEINGRAM & ASSOCIATES, P.C.,1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Trademark AssociationMember and Committee Member2001 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
World Trademark Review / The IP Media Group, WTR_Issue 44 LR (August/September 2013)“‘Trademark Bullying’ – Time To Get Some Clear Definitions"2013
Intellectual Property TodayHas Bose Blown Away the Trademark Fraud Cancellation Crusade at the USPTO?2010
Entertainment and Sports LawyerBaseball's Antitrust Exemption and an Owner-Imposed Salary Cap: Can They Coexist?1994
New York International Law Review (NY State Bar Association)Recent Decision1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Lehigh UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionTips for Effectively Searching the USPTO Database Using TESS – Part 2: Design Searching2013