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Tracy-Gene Durkin

Partner, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Hailed as the “country’s leading authority on design patents,” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine, Tracy Durkin, the head of Sterne Kessler, Goldstein & Fox’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group, is also the attorney creating the design patents which protect some of the country’s most iconic brands. In 2017, she was named among Chambers & Partners’ “recognized practitioners” in the “IP Patent Prosecution, District of Columbia category.”

With nearly thirty years of experience obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, Durkin is sought out by leading consumer product companies around the world for her deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She crafts and delivers unique IP protection strategies, designed to meet individual client’s needs. Her expertise includes helping clear new products and trademarks for use in the marketplace, selecting appropriate IP protection, and enforcing such protection through mediation, litigation, and licensing.

Tracy is also a contributing author of the chapter “Design Patents” in Patent Office Litigation, a two-volume treatise focused on the new contested proceedings under the America Invents Act published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. This book examines how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, and delivers practical analysis and advice. She is also a contributor to IPWatchdog.com.

Tracy has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University Law School in Virginia and has spoken internationally on topics, such as the interplay between design patents and trade dress, protection of user interface and the user experience, The Hague Agreement, trademark co-branding and licensing, IP audits and mediation. She is currently a vice chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of IP Section of the American Bar Association, and past vice chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and past chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

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