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Stephanie H. Bald

Stephanie H. Bald

Kelly IP, LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Stephanie Bald specializes in trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. She has represented clients in federal courts across the country and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Experienced in all aspects of litigation, Stephanie has authored winning trial briefs and dispositive summary judgment motions. She has obtained and defeated requests for emergency relief, including motions for temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and ex parte requests for discovery. Stephanie has handled a number of TTAB cases through trial, and also has significant appellate experience, having litigated trademark and domain name appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other courts of appeals.

Within her counseling practice, Stephanie advises clients on domestic and global trademark enforcement strategies and renders opinions on trademark infringement and dilution; false advertising; and the selection, use, registration, and licensing of trademarks. Stephanie is the current chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Trademark Litigation Committee and has written extensively on trademark issues, including as a contributing author to leading treatises on trademark remedies and TTAB practice and procedure. A strong believer that lawyers should serve not only their clients but also their communities, Stephanie has devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono work. Most recently, she obtained asylum for a prominent human rights activist and family, who fled their home country after several attempts were made on their lives.

Stephanie previously practiced trademark and copyright law for nine years as an associate and then partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Chair, Trademark Litigation Committee, 2012-present; Vice Chair, Trademark Litigation Committee, 2012; Case-Summary Report Coordinator, Trademark Litigation Committee, 2010—2012)
  • International Trademark Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, American University, Washington College of Law (U.S. Trademark Law) (2008—present)

Select Publications

  • Coauthor. “Ethical Issues for Trademark Lawyers Practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,”Landslide, ABA, Volume 5, November 5, 2013.
  • Coauthor. “Ethical Issues in U.S. Trademark Prosecution and TTAB Practice,” The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Winter 2010—2011.
  • Coauthor. “Navigating the TTAB’s News Rules: A Survey of Cases Under the New Rules and Their Impact on TTAB Practice and Procedure,” AIPLA Quarterly Journal, Winter 2010.
  • Coauthor. “Motion Practice,” in A Legal Strategist’s Guide to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice, 2010.
  • Coauthor. “Accelerated Case Resolution: Expedited Litigation for Less Before the TTAB,” BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Nov. 27, 2009.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • American University, School of International Service, M.A., International Politics, 2004
  • Denison University, B.A., English Literature, French, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
     
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