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 online.

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 IP STAR and The Top 250 Women in IP (2014-2017)
  • 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 2012-2017)
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global: Band 1 (2007, 2009-2017)
  • Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide 2017: One of the Top 30 Trademarks Practitioners Worldwide and top 3 in the U.S.
  • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers: Among the world’s leading trademark lawyers.(2002-2017)Currently ranked among North America’s top 10 trademark thought leaders
  • 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. 2015-2016)
  • The Recorder: Women Leaders in Tech Law (2013-2015)
  • San Francisco Business Times: Most Influential Women in Business (2013)

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).

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