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Susan Russell is Of Counsel with Baker Donelson.  She is a trusted advisor who provides collaborative, practical, and actionable counsel to her clients on trademark, copyright, and trade secret transactions, prosecution, enforcement, and litigation. She also advises clients on international intellectual property law disputes, social media, online legal disputes, as well as right of publicity and advertising law.

Whether advising an industry leader or a startup, Susan has a deep appreciation for and understanding of her clients’ objectives and resources available for each matter. Susan regularly advises clients across diverse industries, including technology, banking and finance, manufacturers, health care, government, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, energy resources, apparel and fashion companies, musicians, social media companies, food and beverage companies, and consumer retail and product companies. Susan assists her clients with USPTO matters, including trademark search and clearance, responses to Office

Actions, and post-registration petitions; and TTAB proceedings, including opposition and cancellation matters. Susan also works with clients on UDRP matters, including domain name disputes and transfers; as well as ICANN dispute proceedings; DMCA matters, including copyright takedown notices; and USCRO matters, including copyright applications.

Susan regularly works with clients on IP infringement and enforcement matters. She also works with clients on developing and implementing innovative domestic and international IP enforcement strategies, including against entities engaged in counterfeit and gray market goods and cross-border importation of goods, and working with international customs agencies and IP rights organizations. She works with clients to ensure an understanding of and compliance in the changing legal landscape with trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, social media, and advertising. Additionally, Susan works with clients on IP contract and license drafting, review, and analysis, including Music Performance Agreements, Sponsorship Agreements, Employee IP Agreements, and IP Assignments. She also conducts IP audits, IP valuation, and IP due diligence.

Recent Articles by Susan Russell

File Your Patents and Trademarks NOW! COVID-19 Paves the Way for Filings at the USPTO

As businesses and offices prepare to reopen, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) shows its ongoing support for innovation and entrepreneurship during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Silver linings for trademark owners and patent applicants are highlighted below. It is an excellent time for trademark owners to file new applications. As noted, the downturn in the number of new applications filed has increased the processing times for marks to reach examination and proceed toward registration.