Jennifer’s diverse intellectual property law practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law, patent law, copyright law and unfair competition law. Her litigation experience includes civil litigation in federal district court as well as cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Jennifer’s practice also focuses on trademark and patent prosecution, both domestic and foreign. Her international trademark practice includes international trademark prosecution, determination of international filing strategies, and international trademark litigation. She also has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical and mechanical arts. In connection with her foreign practice in both trademark and patent prosecution, Jennifer works closely with foreign associates around the world.
Jennifer’s unique background and experience make her a strong asset in cases presenting both trademark and patent issues. She was a key part of a litigation team that defeated a trademark challenge on the basis that the trademark was functional, as demonstrated by strong utility patent evidence, and thus not entitled to trademark protection.
Jennifer’s deep knowledge of a client’s business and extensive experience with trademark laws and procedures worldwide were instrumental in coordinating the filing of new trademark applications worldwide by foreign associates on the same day as the client’s new brand was launched. This coordinated effort avoided the risk of potential infringers that is often associated with high profile brand launches.
Jennifer implements a fair, firm, and well-reasoned approach to obtain results for clients. In a recent instance, she was able to swiftly negotiate a rebrand of an infringer’s mark to protect the client’s brand in light of her strong and effective arguments.
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Associate, September 2006-Present
Summer Associate, 2005
Dierker & Associates, Troy, Michigan
Summer Law Clerk, 2004