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Paul L. Sousa

is an associate in Reed Smith’s San Francisco office, focusing on trademark counseling, IP diligence and complex IP litigation. Paul has significant experience in trademark prosecution, clearance and enforcement, including for some of the world’s most valuable brands; IP diligence analysis and drafting IP licenses; and all phases of the litigation process.

Recent Articles by Paul L. Sousa

Amid Cultural Debate on Political Correctness, Trademarks with Racial Overtones Look Set for Supreme Court

Two cases making their way through the Federal courts may force the Supreme Court to consider the issue of what sorts of trademarks should be considered “disparaging,” and whether the government may lawfully prevent the registration of such trademarks… The Redskins appealed to the Fourth Circuit in August 2015 and the parties’ and amici briefs have been rolling ever since. As of April 25, 2016, the Redskins have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review their case, skipping over the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.