Welcome to Atlanta! INTA 2024

On behalf of the Intellectual Property team at Womble Bond Dickinson, we're thrilled to welcome all attendees to Atlanta for the 2024 International Trademark Association Annual Meeting!

Get ready for an exciting event packed with knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and thought-provoking discussions. We can't wait to connect with you and make this experience truly memorable!

Atlanta has a vibrant and diverse economic landscape, with ample federal and private support for startups and innovators. Our thriving research ecosystem positions the area as an ideal home for the United States Patent and Trademark Office's new regional office.

We'd love for you to connect with our knowledgeable lawyers at the conference. Our team is excited to engage with you, share insights, and discuss any intellectual property-related matters you may have. Feel free to approach us during the event, or schedule a meeting in advance to ensure dedicated time for addressing your specific needs.

We're particularly thrilled to showcase our brand-new office space during the conference. Our office is designed to foster collaboration and innovation, providing a comfortable environment for our team and clients alike. We would be honored if you could find some time to visit us and experience our state-of-the-art facilities.

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help!

Join the Conversation

We highly recommend joining our partner, Jake Wharton, for the session titled "IP & Innovation | The Intersection of Branding and Indigenous Rights: A Stakeholder Panel Discussion." It's happening on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:15 AM. Attending this session will provide you with valuable insights into the intricate relationship between branding and indigenous rights, while exploring the diverse perspectives of stakeholders involved. Join us to gain new perspectives and engage in meaningful discussions!

Our INTA 2024 Contacts

Interested in catching up? Feel free to reach out directly to our team.

Trademarks, Copyrights, Privacy & Transactions Team

Laura Kees
Julianne Abelman
Sara Bauer
Pete Bromaghim

Laura Kees is the leader of the firm’s Trademarks, Copyrights & Transactions Group. She concentrates her practice on managing trademark and copyright portfolios; counseling clients on risks associated with proposed names and marks; evaluating when applications for domestic and/or international registration should be filed and advising how and when to maintain those registrations. 

Julianne Abelman has experience in the protection and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights, and domain names worldwide and the licensing of intellectual property. She has more than 30 years of experience managing international trademark portfolios, infringement and opposition proceedings in the U.S. and foreign countries, counseling on the selection and clearance of trademarks, IP agreements, and related IP transactional work.

When providing strategic trademark and copyright advice, Sara Bauer understands that there is no one-size-fits all approach. She believes it is critically important to understand a client’s business model – from where they are now to where they want to go – to effectively meet both short- and long-term goals with an effective domestic and global IP strategy.

Pete Bromaghim focuses on all aspects of trademark law, in addition to copyright, domain name, and related intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in trademark selection, clearance, and portfolio strategies. He oversees the prosecution of trademark applications domestically and internationally, and heads up global enforcement matters involving many famous marks.

Tara Cho
Carla Clements
Lori Cohen
Evan Fultz

Tara Cho chairs Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. She helps clients with all aspects of privacy and data security law, including establishing and assessing compliance programs, responding to data breaches and security incidents, conducting risk analyses, drafting privacy policies, negotiating contracts that govern data use and security, and responding to regulator requests and investigations.

Carla Clements focuses on helping businesses protect their brands and original works through every aspect of the prosecution process. She regularly counsels clients through the selection of marks, the preparation and filing of trademark and copyright applications, overcoming objections to registration, and the maintenance of registrations, both domestically and internationally.

Lori Cohen has represented Fortune 100 clients in the procurement and protection of well-known trademarks domestically and internationally. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of international and domestic trademark prosecution and international opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Evan Fultz is a trusted advisor to his clients, helping them manage, defend, and enforce their interests at home and abroad. He advises businesses on their trademark and other proprietary rights in connection with the launch and protection of new brands, as well as in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, and expansions. Evan also manages worldwide monitoring and enforcement programs for his clients’ most valuable brands.

Amy Galloway
Nick Hawkins
Vanessa Hew

Amy Galloway advises clients in relation to trade mark, design and domain name matters, at a national and international level. She has experience filing and prosecuting trade mark and design applications, advising on the protection and exploitation of trade marks, trade mark clearance searches, managing IP portfolios and handling oppositions at the trade mark registries.

Nick Hawkins works with companies of all sizes by assisting them with intellectual property management, private equity and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate governance. He’s adept at developing brand management and protection strategies for clients by advising product and marketing teams, addressing product design concerns, clearing trademarks, and reviewing marketing creative for compliance.

Vanessa Hew focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and strategic counseling with an emphasis on trademark and copyright matters. She has counseled intellectual property owners in a wide variety of industries, including personal care and cosmetics, food and beverage, wellness, fashion, home care and design, social media, software, music, and art. 

Jennifer Kwon
Jacqueline Lendvai
James Love

Jennifer Kwon focuses on helping clients protect, enforce, and defend their intellectual property rights. She counsels clients regarding the protection and registration of trademarks and copyrights, both domestically and internationally, including clearance of marks, advising clients regarding potential risks, overcoming objections to registration, maintenance of registrations, and preparing trademark and copyright-related agreements.

Jacqueline Lendvai focuses her practice on the prosecution, maintenance, protection and enforcement of trademarks, both domestically and internationally. She is committed to providing personalized and strategic legal advice tailored to each client’s unique needs.

James Loves' experience extends to all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, passing off, database rights and confidential information. He has top level experience, spanning more than 30 years, of the protection, exploitation, challenge and enforcement of intellectual property including disputes in the Supreme Court.

Kelli Ovies
Randy Springer
Christine Xiao

Kelli Ovies advises clients on trademark and copyright matters. She regularly prepares and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, conducts and reviews trademark clearance searches, responds to USPTO Office Actions, and assists with maintaining U.S. and international trademark registrations.

For more than 25 years, Randy Springer has guided clients in selecting, clearing, registering, maintaining and defending trademarks. Randy acts as a trusted IP advisor to clients at all stages of the trademark life cycle, and is a North Carolina Bar Board Certified Trademark Specialist.

Christine Xiao focuses her practice on intellectual property transactions, data privacy, and cybersecurity. She regularly reviews, drafts, and prepares online privacy policies, terms of use, and other externally-facing documents related to data collection and use for clients in a variety of sectors. Christine also works on ongoing privacy compliance projects related to U.S. state and federal privacy laws as well as European privacy laws.

Patent Prosecution & Litigation Team

Hailey Bureau
John Cao
Jason Chu
Travis Iams

Hailey Bureau focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications within the areas of chemistry, material science, and biotechnology. She leverages her scientific background to create effective patent prosecution strategies.

John Cao focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and the protection of intellectual property in the fields of electronics, software, and computer-related technologies. He provides a broad range of patent related services including preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, and patent litigation support.

Jason Chu focuses his practice in all aspects of IP matters including licensing, litigation support, and corporate due diligence for a broad range of industries. Jason develops global patent strategies and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for a broad range of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 international companies.

Travis Iams focuses on mechanical patent prosecution, and his practice is centered around managing large global IP portfolios and developing global IP strategies for manufacturing conglomerates. Additionally, he brings experience overseeing multiple formal and informal IP disputes, including negotiating favorable resolutions of patent enforcement suits, defensive patent allegations, formal patent invalidity proceedings, such as inter partes review and EP oppositions, and various trademark disputes worldwide.

Steve Levitan
Lisa Moyles
Carrie Richey
Cory Schug

Steve Levitan focuses his practice on patent, trade secret, trademark, and technology contract disputes. He has first chaired trials and argued appeals, obtaining successful results in actions before federal and state courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration tribunals.

Lisa Moyles is a seasoned intellectual property lawyer with almost 30 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of IP strategy, management, and protection. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the complexities of IP law, Lisa counsels and represents clients at every stage of the protection lifecycle, including patent and trademark acquisition that withstands validity challenges, FTO analysis, and enforcement. 

Carrie Richey counsels clients on a broad range of intellectual property litigation matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and other intellectual property and technology disputes. She has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, including investigation, discovery, law and motion, trial, and appeal and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 

Cory Schug is an experienced patent attorney with more than a decade of practical experience in engineering and consumer electronics. He utilizes his experience to effectively communicate with inventors, engineers, and executives to develop a strategy to protect and enforce the intellectual property of his clients.

Deborah Vernon
Lester Vincent
Jake Wharton

Deborah Vernon assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in both the US, and abroad. Her practice is focused on chemical and mechanical arts. She has particular experience with drafting, prosecuting and maintaining patents in the technology fields of metallurgy, superconductors, semiconductors, photovoltatics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase materials, composite materials, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, medical devices and instrumentation, and mechanical engineering.

Lester Vincent’s IP practice includes patent prosecution, transactions, due diligence work, agreements, opinions (including validity, infringement, patentability, right-to-practice (RTP), and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions), counseling, offensive and defensive patent issues, licensing, and litigation. He also handles copyright and open source issues. He works with foreign IP firms and foreign clients with respect to domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work.

Jake Wharton helps clients protect and defend their IP assets. He assists clients with IP disputes in federal courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in private arbitrations. His experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, as well as counseling clients on trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, provides a deep knowledge of what it takes to successfully procure and protect what may be a business’s most valuable assets—their intellectual property.

Atlanta Guide: An Engaging Exploration

  • Little Bear
  • Talat Market
  • Estrellita
  • Ticonderoga Club
  • BoccaLupo
  • Delbar
  • Gunshow
  • Home Grown
  • Xi’an Gourmet House
  • Tiny Lou’s 
  • Antico Pizza Napoletana
  • Miller Union
  • Banshee
  • Fishmonger
  • Southern Belle
  • Marcel
  • Bacchanalia
  • The General Muir
  • Ecco
  • St. Cecilia
  • The Optimist
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub 
  • The Sun Dial 
  • Mary Mac’s 
  • Ponce City Market
  • Krog Street Market
  • AlcoHall 
  • Piedmont Park
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
  • Porsche Experience Center Atlanta
  • Fox Theatre
  • Atlanta Beltline

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