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My practice concentrates on the protection of intellectual property in the United States and abroad, including trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, the negotiation and drafting of trademark, copyright and patent license agreements, technology transfer agreements, the prosecution of trademark and copyright applications, the prosecution and defense of trademark oppositions and cancellations in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as intellectual property due diligence in connection with mergers & acquisitions and financial transactions. I also advise the firm’s clients with respect to cross-border and domestic corporate and commercial matters, including the formation of subsidiaries in the United States, agency, representative, distributorship, confidentiality and employment agreements and other contractual arrangements.
I am a member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) and the Vice-Chair of the INTA’s Harmonization in Trademark Law and Practice Committee during the 2010-2011 committee term. In November 2007, I received INTA’s Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of Trademark Law, in recognition of my work representing INTA’s members interests before the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) in connection with that body’s drafting of a Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions and a Supplement dealing with specific issues of security interests in intellectual property. I also served as an expert consultant to UNCITRAL on issues relating to intellectual property security interests.
In my spare time, I like to fly (see video), snow ski, travel and read. I am also an amateur genealogist.
Languages spoken: German, English
Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of Trademark Law||International Trademark Association||2007|
|Partner||Wuersch & Gering LLP||2003 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Alston & Bird LLP||2001 - 2003|
|Associate||Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green, P.C.||1996 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section||Member||1996 - Present|
|International Trademark Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|International Trademark Association||Vice Chair, Harmonization of Trademark Law & Practice Committee||2010 - 2011|
|International Trademark Association||Chair, Security Interests Subcommittee||2006 - 2009|
|GRUR International: Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht||Von Medinol bis Bose: Die Problematik fehlerhafter BenutzungserklÃ¤rungen bei US-Markenregistrierungen - eine Standortbestimmung||2011|
|Capital University Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Boston University||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|University of Hamburg||German Law||N/A||N/A|
|Mid-Atlantic Family History Conference||Introduction to Genealogy Research in Germany||2011|
|Second International Colloquium on Secured Transactions||Creation (effectiveness between the parties) of a security right in a trademark||2007|