OUR TEAM

Merry L. Biggerstaff

Senior Counsel

(New York & Sao Paulo)

Ms. Biggerstaff represents clients in complex commercial disputes and federal litigation proceedings involving trademark, trade dress, copyright and unfair competition matters as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancellation and opposition proceedings. She counsels clients on all facets of their intellectual property portfolios, including the clearance, registration and enforcement of their brands on a worldwide basis.

Representative Litigation

  • Currently representing one of the leading transportation and excursion service companies in an action for trademark infringement and unfair competition against the operators of the public transportation systems in 13 different countries; obtained preliminary injunction.
  • Represented one of the top five U.S. defense contractors in opposition and cancellation proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; client prevails in inter partes proceedings.
  • Represented a leading provider of a full range of hair products in litigation involving trademark and trade dress infringement and unfair competition; obtained permanent injunction as well as favorable settlement.
  • Represented a wholesale supplier of consumer products with over 40 well-known household brands in trade dress infringement claim; resulted in favorable settlement and permanent injunction.
  • Represented producer of top-selling hair care line in action for trademark infringement and unfair competition; obtained preliminary and permanent injunction and favorable settlement.

Bar Admissions

New York, 2008
District of Columbia, 2008

Academic Qualifications

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.F.A., East Carolina University

Recognition & Affiliations

  • 2015-2017 “New York Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015-2017  Named in “Top Women Attorneys” list in New York Metro
  • Recognition for assistance of Sudanese refugee (see Attorneys Help “Lost Boy” Displaced by Civil War in Sudan, K. Doan, 2009)

Publications

  • SilkEase Mark Refused as Deceptively Misdescriptive, World Trademark Review (June 2006)
  • Use of Famous Car Marks Fail Aesthetic Functionality Test, World Trademark Review (November 2006)

Prior Association

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Contact

P: 212.490.3285
F: 212.490.3295
mbiggerstaff@tkiplaw.com

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