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  • Description

    Covid-19 has damaged businesses across markets, wreaking financial as well as organizational havoc. This CLE course will address strategies to protect your business and its image against harm in a time when deadlines are delayed, licensing opportunities are cancelled and everything is uncertain. The course will present leading trademark and brand management lawyers who will provide tips for safeguarding your image in times of crises. The course is directed to both attorneys and others who are responsible for a company’s trademark portfolio.

    Specific areas to be addressed include navigating force majeure in times of health restrictions, utilizing litigation to enforce right when courts deem infringement non-emergent, preventing rights abandonment when use is impossible and how to utilize downtime. How Corona is impacting enforcement, developing Brexit strategies for EUTM’s and UK-owned domains, dispensation benefits and trademark assessment will all be addressed.

  • Instructor Bio

    Catherine Farrelly

    Catherine M.C. Farrelly, formerly Catherine M. Clayton, is a partner and Chair of the Trademark & Brand Management Group and is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.

    Ms. Farrelly is an internationally recognized leader in the field of trademark law who advises some of the world’s leading brands on intellectual property matters. She helps her clients plan strategies, manage trademark portfolios, and protect trademarks and other IP in the US and world markets. She represents well-known companies in a variety of industries, including entertainment, finance, sports, cosmetics, toys, beverages, publishing and real estate.

    Ms. Farrelly has focused on trademark and copyright law for 20 years, and regularly provides clients with strategic advice regarding the availability, validity and enforceability of trademarks. She also has significant experience preventing the unauthorized use of trademarks and copyrights through litigation, arbitration and negotiation.

    In addition to representing clients in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Ms. Farrelly helps clients establish, maintain and grow domestic and international trademark portfolios. She negotiates and structures trademark and copyright licenses and assignments; regularly shuts down on-line auctions of infringing goods and false advertising on social media platforms; and resolves domain name disputes through negotiation, federal court litigation, and arbitration under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

    Ms. Farrelly is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic, the Vice Chair of the Trademark Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (2018-2019), Chair of the ABA’s USPTO Operations Relating to Trademarks Subcommittee, and a member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), MARQUES, the Copyright Society, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the New York State Bar Association. She writes and speaks frequently on hot topics in intellectual property law, and has been published in the New York Law Journal, among other publications. Ms. Farrelly is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

    Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Farrelly was a partner with Gibbons P.C. and was associated with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Pennie & Edmonds LLP. She has lived in the U.S., England, France, the Netherlands, the Bahamas and Saudi Arabia.


    Kimberly Maynard

    Kimberly M. Maynard is a partner in the Trademark & Brand Management, and Litigation Groups. She represents emerging and established companies on intellectual property matters across a variety of industries, including technology, fashion, jewelry, finance, food, automotive, television and dance. World Intellectual Property Review recently included Ms. Maynard as a “Trailblazer” in its “Influential Women in IP” list.

    Ms. Maynard guides her clients through all aspects of domestic and international brand-building and brand management. She works hard to understand client business goals and to craft practical, cost-effective legal strategies that meet those goals. Ms. Maynard analyzes and assesses the benefits and risks associated with adopting new brands, prepares and implements strategies for the development of new brands, and protects and expands established brands. Ms. Maynard represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and litigates cases involving complex trademark, trade dress, advertising, copyright and design patent issues in federal court. She also negotiates complex license and settlement agreements, advises on domain names and social media, and counsels on the proper use of trademarks and trade dress. Recently, she was part of the Frankfurt Kurnit team that represented Sprint in a high-profile false advertising case.

    Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Maynard was an associate at BakerHostetler, where, among other things, she led a team of lawyers in an appeal of a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision before the Southern District of New York — ultimately securing ownership of trademarks for a major New York City dance theater. Prior to law school, Ms. Maynard was affiliated with Trisha Brown Dance Company.

    Ms. Maynard is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Group) and a member of the U.S. Trademark Law Committee (Intellectual Property Owners Association). She serves on INTA’s Young Practitioner’s Committee and was an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where she helped start the PTO Trademark Clinic. She is admitted to practice in the New York and New Jersey state courts, as well as in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.