PRACTICE AREAS


Laura Goldbard George concentrates in trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, with particular expertise in consumer product-related matters. With her extensive litigation experience in the U.S. courts and abroad, as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Ms. George routinely represents plaintiffs and defendants in the clothing, luggage, jewelry, health and beauty aid, food/beverages, snuff and other tobacco products, gasoline and lubricant products, publishing, textile, and family entertainment industries. She also provides similar counsel to financial institutions. Not only has Ms. George obtained favorable resolutions and decisions in court actions involving trademark infringement, copyright infringement and design patent infringement, but also has obtained favorable decisions from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Ms. George manages the trademark and copyright portfolios of many clients. This includes advising, negotiating, and drafting their licensing and merger and acquisition documents, performing due diligence, prosecuting their intellectual property rights in both domestic and international forums, and providing general counsel. Ms. George routinely prepares and negotiates various license agreements involving trademarks both for licensors and licensees. She frequently counsels debtors in bankruptcy and regularly advises parties to securitizations, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions regarding their intellectual property interests.
 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Ms. George's representations have included:
 
  • Representation of a luggage manufacturer in resolving a trademark and copyright litigation brought by a well-known manufacturer and retailer of leather products
  • Representation of Times Three Clothier, LLC in securing a $6.75 million dollar settlement in a design patent infringement against Maidenform Brands
  • Representation of a distributor of clocks in a music copyright infringement action
  • Representation of a famous trademark owner in several trademark oppositions resulting in the applicant’s marks not being registered
  • Representation of a famous trademark owner in obtaining a favorable decision from the American Arbitration Association in a domain name dispute resulting in the transfer of the domain name
  • Following a two-week jury trial, obtained defense verdict on behalf of major pharmaceutical company, which rejected plaintiff's claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition and allowed client to market its new line of herbal supplements
  • Negotiated and prepared a trademark license agreement on behalf of a creditor committee as part of a multimillion dollar bankruptcy proceeding
  • Utilized alternative dispute resolution to achieve results favorable to clients in two recent copyright infringement actions, one involving greeting cards and the other involving a quilt design
  • Representation in a breach of contract, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, tortious interference with contractual relations and civil and fraud on behalf of a windshield wiper distributor

HONORS & AWARDS

Ms. George has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Super Lawyers for her work in Intellectual Property. She was also recognized by Super Lawyers in the "Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area," a special New York Times Magazine supplement devoted to female attorneys from the New York Metro Super Lawyers list. In addition, Ms. George has been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Advisory Board, BNA Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, 2010­–2015
  • Member, International Trademark Association
    • Pro Bono Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Copyright Society
  • Board Member, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
    • Advocacy Committee, Legal Services Committee and Nominating Committee

SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Brief Reading Judge, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Mock Trial Judge, AMTA New Haven Regional, Yale University

SPEECHES & EVENTS

  • Panelist, "Women's Progress in the Profession," Emory Women's Alumni Group, March 2010
  • Speaker, "Ethics for IP Attorneys," Online webinar, November 2008
  • Speaker, "Workshops in Business Opportunities," WIBO, April 12, 2007
  • Facilitator, "Policing and Enforcing Trademarks," E-Learning Program, June 2006, January 2005, October 2004

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "Non-Competitors May Now Bring False Advertising Claims Under the Lanham Act," Stroock Special Bulletin, April 7, 2014
  • Co-author, "ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse: A Potential New Tool for Trademark Owners," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 4, 2013
  • Co-author, "ICANN's New TLD Programs: Trademark Owners Beware!" Stroock Special Bulletin, July 26, 2011
  • Co-author, "The Lessons of Medinol Ltd. v. NeuroVasx Inc.," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 26, 2006
  • Co-author, "Effective Representation in Mediation," INTA Bulletin, November 2004
  • Co-author,"The CAN-SPAM Act – What It Means for You and Your Business," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 10, 2004
Quoted in:
 
  • "$1.8M Award Against Plaintiff to Deter Push for Settlement" concerning the Humphreys & Partners Architects, LP v. Lessard Design, Inc. Decision, BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Daily, November 18, 2015
  • "Fox v. Dish Ruling Signals Limitations on Supreme Court's Aereo Decision," BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily, January 28, 2015
  • "Commenters Criticize Garcia Ruling On Constitutional and Practical Concerns," BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, March 5, 2014
  • "Aereo, Fallout From Kirtsaeng, Legislative Action Among Key Copyright Issues in 2014," BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, January 24, 2014

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York, 1983

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1983; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1983; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1987; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989


EDUCATION

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1981

B.A., Emory University, 1978