KATHLEEN COONEY-PORTER, a trademark and copyright lawyer, is a partner in the firm’s Trademark and Copyright practice groups where she counsels foreign and domestic clients on a broad range of trademark and copyright issues. These include registrability, unfair competition, trade dress, trade name, and Internet-related and anti-counterfeiting matters in the United States and globally.
Ms. Cooney-Porter advises her clients’ marketing and sales staff and company leadership on how to enhance, secure, leverage and enforce their marks and brand portfolio. She asserts her clients’ interests at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and argues on their behalf before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Ms. Cooney-Porter represents clients in such diverse industries as publishing, marketing, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, aviation, apparel, and food and beverages. She also represents the United States government, several non-profit associations and organizations, and companies focused on offering exclusive licensing of name brands to manufacturers and retailers.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cooney-Porter worked at the USPTO in various capacities, including as an Examining Attorney. She also served in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks, where she oversaw resolution of the Commissioner’s legal questions and international trademark issues. Ms. Cooney-Porter was awarded a Bronze Medal by the U.S. Department of Commerce for superior federal service. She has served as an appointee to the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee. In that role, she advised the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees.
In addition to her domestic work, Ms. Cooney-Porter is adept at navigating her clients through the complexities of international filings, including Madrid applications, European Union filings, and individual country filings. She works collaboratively with overseas counsel to accomplish her clients’ goals abroad.
Ms. Cooney-Porter dedicates her time to several local and national non-profit institutions such as The Washington Jesuit Academy, Pediatric Aids/HIV Care, Inc., St. Jude’s Hospital, Dolley Madison Preschool, Salvation Army, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Organization for Autism Research.