Massachusetts, 2005

    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Melissa B. Paradis, Partner

Melissa has more than ten years of experience in intellectual property law. She regularly advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters and related corporate business transactions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international trademark and copyright searching, prosecution, enforcement, counseling and litigation.  She specializes in trademark, copyright, domain name, trade dress, and related areas of Internet, e-commerce, unfair competition and advertising law, and represents clients in administrative proceedings and in federal civil litigation.  Her practice also encompasses intellectual property licensing, domestic and international portfolio management, and trademark and copyright infringement matters.  She works with IP firms worldwide in protecting and enforcing her clients’ IP rights.

  • Advising clients on the strategic selection, registration, management, and enforcement of trademark, trade dress and domain name rights
  • Researching the availability of marks, and working with clients to help them choose marks, names and logos
  • Registering all types of trademarks and service marks with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Preventing third-party misappropriation of trademarks by opposing registrations and seeking cancellations of existing registrations in the USPTO
  • Policing and enforcing trademarks to avoid loss of trademark strength
  • Providing clients with guidance concerning the ownership and protection of copyrights arising from a wide range of works produced by employees, contractors and consultants
  • Filing copyright registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office and defending clients against copyright infringement actions
  • Representing clients on Internet-related copyright matters
  • Representing plaintiffs and defendants in copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair trade practices litigation
  • Counseling artists and photographers in contract negotiations