Brand Activation Legal Committee: August 2020

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For August’s meeting, Kilpatrick Townsend will discuss recent FTC developments, NAD and NARB decisions, Privacy, Lanham Act, and class action false advertising updates. Presenting from Kilpatrick Townsend will be Barry Benjamin, Laura Miller, Nancy Stagg, Farah Cook, and Bryan Wolin.

Barry M. Benjamin, chairs Kilpatrick Townsend’s Advertising and Marketing group and is the Managing Partner of the firm's New York office. His practice focuses on advertising, privacy, and technology transactions, in areas where traditional and digital media converge, and where evolving distribution platforms and data gathering tools push the boundaries of intellectual property rights, privacy, technology, and content.

Mr. Benjamin regularly advises clients small and large, from multinational corporations to start-up ventures, across numerous industries including retail, fashion, gaming, telecommunications, cosmetics, food and beverage, consumer products, and technology.

Laura Miller, Partner, helps brand owners build and protect their brands domestically and abroad. She focuses her practice on branding, advertising, and brand protection and enforcement. Laura has particular experience with the apparel, food and beverage, life sciences, logistics and software industries. Laura Miller works with clients across a variety of industries to develop and implement registration and enforcement strategies that minimize the risk of disputes while maximizing the value of clients’ brands.

Offering practical advice related to brand building and protection, Laura has counseled some of the world’s best known brands on multi-jurisdictional trademark clearance, protection, enforcement and litigation. Laura crafts brand protection strategies, manages domestic and international trademark portfolios, and handles litigation and enforcement efforts in the administrative and federal courts. Laura leads global policing and enforcement programs that protect her clients’ trademark rights against infringement and dilution while furthering and safeguarding competitive advantage. This includes multi-country opposition and infringement actions, domain name disputes and UDRP proceedings, TTAB opposition and cancellation proceedings, and online brand protection.

Nancy Stagg, Partner, skillfully and efficiently solves her clients’ litigation problems – especially the toughest ones that keep them up at night. While remarkably successful in trial and appellate courts when it’s needed, Ms. Stagg’s greatest strength is in quickly sizing up the case at hand and developing an effective strategy to marshal the law and the evidence to her client’s best advantage. Her genuine interest in her client’s business, as well as her competitive nature, ensure clients get her best efforts – always. In addition to her substantial trial, arbitration, and appellate experience, Ms. Stagg enjoys counseling corporate legal departments and business owners in the most effective ways to avoid or minimize litigation.

Ms. Stagg’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of consumer class actions and she heads the Class Actions team in California. She also handles a wide variety of complex commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation, including trade secret theft litigation. Her clients come from all over the world and range from privately-held family-owned businesses to some of the world’s largest publicly-traded companies.

Farah Cook, Counsel, concentrates her practice on technology-focused commercial agreements, marketing technology arrangements, advertising technology, and licensing of intellectual property, strategic alliances, content distribution, and SaaS products.

Ms. Cook has represented clients in various industries in the drafting and negotiation of a range of technology, commercial and advertising agreements, including traditional licensing, data use and licensing agreements, advertising technology agreements, software development and hosting agreements, reseller agreements, website co-branding agreements, website development agreements, and vendor procurement agreements.

Bryan Wolin, Associate, focuses his practice on advertising, copyright, and trademark law. His experience in advertising law includes advertising disputes before the National Advertising Division (NAD), litigation of advertising claims in federal courts nationwide, and advising clients on compliance with the NAD, FDA, FTC, and other applicable standards and guidelines. He has also litigated trademark disputes in federal courts around the country. As a dispute resolution professional, Bryan has training and experience in litigation, negotiation, and mediation.

Bryan’s experience spans many market sectors, from pharmaceutical and health products to consumer electronics, consumer insurance, and more. He regularly counsels clients on advertising claim substantiation, compliance with industry-specific rules and regulations, and performs risk-analysis relating to potential advertising disputes and their possible outcomes. Bryan also has litigation experience involving trade secrets, trade dress infringement, non-competes, confidentiality agreements, fee advancement and indemnification, and legal malpractice defense.