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Sally M. Abel

Sally M. Abel

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Sally Abel is Chair of Fenwick & West’s Trademark Group, focusing her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights on-line.

Sally is ranked the top trademark lawyer in the United States in Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2015. She has repeatedly won other international, national, state and Silicon Valley accolades including:  

  • Managing Intellectual Property: The Top 250 Women in IP (2016)
  • The National Law Journal: Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers (2014)
  • World Trademark Review 1000: One of the top 7 trademark practitioners in the US (Gold ranking 2012-2015)
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global: Band 1 (2007, 2009-2015)
  • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers: Among the world’s leading trademark lawyers (2002-2015)
  • Chambers USA Women in Law Awards: One of the top 12 women IP lawyers in the US (2012)
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2010-2012)
  • The Recorder, Women Leaders in Tech Law (2013-2015)
  • San Francisco Business Times, Most Influential Women in Business (2013)
  • Managing Intellectual Property: IP Star (2014-2015)

Representative Clients:

  • Cisco Systems
  • Facebook
  • Fitbit
  • NVIDIA
  • Symantec
  • Uber

Sally was a pioneer in the international debate over trademark rights on the Internet, including serving as INTA’s representative on the 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), the international body organized by the Internet Society, to restructure the domain name system. At the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Sally also participated in WIPO’s First Meeting of Consultants on Trademarks and Internet Domain Names held in Geneva in February, 1997. Through WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum, she has served as a neutral panelist in over 60 domain name disputes brought under ICANN’s UDRP system.

Sally was a member of the INTA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. She chaired INTA’s Internet Subcommittee for two years, developed and chaired INTA’s Enforcement Committee, and currently serves on INTA’s Amicus Committee. She teaches trademark law annually at an IP conference for federal court judges and teaches international trademark law at Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law).

Emphasis:

International Trademark / Domain Protection

Portfolio Development
and Management

Strategic Enforcement

Internet and Social Media Issues

Sally M. Abel is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Trademark Licensing - Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2017, Friday, December 08, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Trademark Licensing (August 10, 2017) - Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2017, Friday, December 08, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Trademark Licensing - Trademark Licensing, Friday, December 08, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Trademark Licensing - Trademark Licensing, Friday, December 08, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2018, Wednesday, December 05, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2018 (SF), Wednesday, December 05, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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