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is an associate with Cozen O’Connor. Her practice focuses on trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement and litigation, internet domain and social media infringement and cybersquatting issues, and intellectual property transactional matters, including licensing agreements. Chanel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Tennessee with a masters in sports management, and Princeton University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
Every year countless stories arise of individuals, churches, and small businesses, receiving cease and desist letters from the NFL or NCAA for unauthorized use and reference to their respective SUPER BOWL, MARCH MADNESS, and other trademarks. The success of these enforcement letters comes from a mixture of the organizations’ trademark rights under the Lanham Act and the fear that these financially well-endowed organizations could sue. The International Olympic Committee (“IOC”), and its national governing bodies, like the USOC (collectively the “Olympic Committee”), also aggressively enforce their rights in their Olympic trademarks, slogans, and symbols (the “Olympic properties”). The Olympic Committee not only employs the traditional methods of other sport organizations, but has several additional weapons that provide a true monopoly on the Olympic properties; thus, significantly increase its success.