Over eighteen professional years as a trademark paralegal in law firm and in-house settings, promoting the delivery of quality legal services within a dynamic environment. Instrumental in developing new organizational and support systems that provide better communication between teams and team productivity. Approach tasks with flexibility, perseverance, an eye for detail and a focus on high quality results. Ability to analyze, research and resolve complex issues while working independently. Comprehensive background includes trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement and brand protection for large portfolios.
Senior Trademark Specialist February 2004 to November 2013APPLE INC － Cupertino, California
Directed management of Apple's trademark renewals both domestic and international.
Assisted with trademark infringement matters, including reviewing watch notices, summarizing preliminary research and corresponding with outside counsel to obtain appropriate recommendations.
Provided oral summaries and recommendations to in-house counsel in relation to global trademark matters including international trademark prosecution, maintenance, clearance, and infringements.
Familiar with USPTO procedures and filings.
Developed on-line database for evidence collection in relation to release of new products worldwide, along with product placement, packaging release dates, sales and advertising information and other materials for legacy purposes.
Provided educational guidelines for employees and retail groups concerning proper trademark usage, clearance practices and procedures, including compliance with Apple's trademark guidelines for third party use.
Facilitated clearance for new extensions and maintenance of company's worldwide domain name portfolio.
Drafted rules and guidelines for sweepstakes and contests for iTunes Group.
Mentored administrative staff and junior paralegals.
Senior Trademark Paralegal September 2001 to October 2003SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC － Santa Clara, California
Managed trademark clearance, prosecution and maintenance for large domestic and international trademark portfolio.
Implemented Sun's online trademark database.
Organized trademark enforcement efforts with outside counsel, including conducting investigations and case management.
Maintained and updated legal team web pages and training materials.
Conducted internal seminars on proper trademark use and compliance in connection with advertising and marketing materials.
Prepared and negotiated various standard transactions and licensing agreements.
IP Paralegal January 2001 to August 2001EXCITE － Redwood City, California
Assisted in integration and evaluation of domain portfolios acquired through corporate M&A activity.
Accumulated evidence in support of domain enforcement matters, including recovery of cybersquatted URLs.
Maintained existing domain and trademark portfolio.
Collaborated with in-house counsel on discovery for litigation matters.
Senior Trademark Paralegal July 1998 to December 2000AIRTOUCH COMMUNICATIONS Vodafone Group PLC － San Francisco, California
Collaborated with in-house counsel in planning and managing trademark portfolio.
Monitored dockets maintained by outside counsel for quality assurance and timeliness.
Maintained company legal guidelines and policies, specifically in the areas of advertising, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property law.
Reviewed marketing materials, articles, technical documents, web materials and presentations to ensure compliance with trademark legal guidelines and policies.
Administered trademark and copyright databases.
Trademark Paralegal July 1995 to June 1998FENWICK & WEST LLP － Mountain View, California
Management of both foreign and domestic trademark prosecution and infringement matters for large client base.
Prepared various filings for Patent and Trademark Office along with documentation for proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Initiated correspondence to foreign counsel regarding prosecution and infringement issues.
Conducted online searches on SAGEIS and Dunn and Bradstreet, including evaluation of preliminary searches for proposed trademark names.
Conducted substantive on-line research and analysis regarding conflicting marks.
Mentor junior paralegals.
Paralegal CertificateSANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY － Santa Clara, California
degree : Business AdministrationCOLLEGE OF IDAHO － Caldwell, IdahoBusiness Administration Member of PASCO