Practical Considerations in Improving Your Trademark Litigation Practice
This webcast will focus on a variety of litigation-related topics including:
- Using software and technology to be more effective in winning your next case;
- Updates on discovery practices in the United States and abroad;
- Ethical issues that may arise when working with investigators, particularly in foreign countries; and
- Best practices in helping clients during contentious litigation
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Anuj Desai is a partner in the Litigation Practice and Intellectual Property Team. Mr. Desai also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. He focuses on delivering high quality and efficient solutions to his clients’ dispute resolution and intellectual property legal needs. Mr. Desai regularly counsels clients in all aspects of creative intellectual property, including on matters of trademarks, infringement, creative review, copyrights, FTC compliance, social media, licensing, and contract negotiation. He manages large worldwide trademark portfolios for clients in the consumer products, restaurant, entertainment, utility services, and industrial technology market sectors. Additionally, Mr. Desai is well-recognized for his strategic and practical advice to clients regarding the development, use, and divesture life cycle of their brands, whether in the US or abroad. Mr. Desai is a longstanding member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and currently serves as a sub-committee chair for its Law Firm Committee. As part of his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Desai regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout the country in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation matters. He is also well versed in leading and coordinating inter partestrademark proceedings worldwide, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Desai advises clients on dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution strategies, but also has first chair experience in handling trial and injunctive relief proceedings, and appeals. Mr. Desai serves a variety of industries, but his practice is focused primarily in the retail, software, technology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare IT fields.
Partner, Foley & Lardner
Jami A. Gekas is a partner and intellectual property litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she focuses on an array of advertising, marketing, copyright and trademark issues. A key focus of her practice is brand enforcement and she represents clients in adversary proceedings involving false advertising, unfair competition, and trademark, copyright and patent infringement. Ms. Gekas is a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Trial Bar, and has obtained favorable results in numerous federal district and appellate courts; she recently served as lead trial counsel in a trademark infringement matter, which resulted in a jury verdict in her client’s favor. Ms. Gekas is also experienced in the clearance of brand names, trade identities and advertising copy; obtaining federal registration for copyrights and trademarks; drafting and negotiating a multitude of licensing and promotional agreements; and helping clients implement promotions and new media campaigns. She is a member of the firm’s IP Litigation and Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practices.
Jessica Sganga (Moderator)
Associate, Knobbe Martens
Jessica Sganga focuses on domestic and international trademark, unfair competition, copyright, data privacy, advertising, and internet law. Her practice includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark procurement and prosecution, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, intellectual property licensing, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs, rights of publicity, and trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyright litigation. She also advises clients on an array of electronic commerce matters, including data privacy and data security compliance and procedure, data breach response, online privacy, mobile privacy, advertising and promotions, and social media. Jessica is a certified data privacy specialist by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Jessica has been a Guest Lecturer at Chapman School of Law (Music and Entertainment Law). She was also the 2016 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports, and Marketing Section. Jessica is also a member of the International Trademark Association’s Law Firm Committee and 2018 Annual Meeting Project Team, a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Steering Committee, and serves on the firm’s Education Committee and Summer Associate Activities Committee. Jessica received her law degree with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was an editor for the Dispute Resolution Law Journal. She received her bachelors degree in mathematics with honors from Colgate University.
Partner, Leason Ellis
Martin Schwimmer counsels clients, prosecutes U.S. and international trademark and copyright applications, and litigates intellectual property disputes. His clients span from major well-known companies to two guys in a garage. They operate in fields as diverse as consumer electronics, luxury goods, sex positive products (a real industry term), entertainment, and industrial products. Martin is best known as the publisher of The Trademark Blog, the world’s oldest blog devoted to trademark and copyright law, as well as a Twitter microblog (@trademarkblog). He has recently co-authored an article in The Trademark Reporter arguing for a statutory notice and takedown procedure for online infringements, analogous to the DMCAWell-known in domain name circles, Martin participated in the first reported domain name dispute, MTV v. Curry (1994). Active in domain name politics, he was involved in the shouting match in the cafeteria of the University of Santiago in 1999 that led to the final version of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceeding (UDRP). Martin is a Panelist for UDRP proceedings administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Martin has been widely quoted in the press for his views on intellectual property issues. He has been interviewed on CNN about domain names, and once, on FoxNews.com, was mistakenly asked questions about interest rates. Martin has been a speaker at the annual meetings of the ABA, the AIPLA, and the New York, Michigan and Minnesota State Bars, as well as at meetings of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and at various INTA conferences.