Robyn S. Lederman

Co-Chair Trademarks

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With more than 25 years of experience practicing in the area of trademark law, Robyn Lederman specializes in global branding strategy, trademark and domain name counseling, clearance, protection and enforcement for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  Robyn works extensively with company legal, marketing and business development groups to devise cost-effective strategies to achieve marketing goals. She works with her clients on issues involving anti-counterfeiting, copyright, domain name recovery, IP due diligence, licensing, trade dress and unfair competition.  She represents clients in varied industries including agricultural, automotive, bio-tech, consumer products, cosmetics, entertainment, financial services, high-tech and homeland security.

Along with managing U.S. trademark portfolios for her clients, Robyn has significant experience in obtaining trademark protection for her clients worldwide.  Prior to Brooks Kushman, Robyn worked for more than seven years at a law firm in Israel as a trademark attorney and maintains her professional relationships in what has become known as “the start-up nation” by visiting clients and colleagues each year to keep them apprised of IP developments in the U.S.

Lederman whips portfolios into coherent and compelling shape and provides clients with the strategic overlay they need to make smart business and IP decisions - World Trademark Review 1000

Robyn takes a special interest in connecting and creating partnerships between Israeli clients with Michigan universities, investors, and economic development organizations. She enjoys working with companies based in Israel that are expanding into the United States. Robyn is also on the Board of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a non-profit, member organization whose mission is to promote business and investment opportunities between Michigan and Israel

Outside of Brooks Kushman, Robyn is very active in the community, educating young companies and start-ups on the practical impact of trademark law. She served for years as a mentor for Bizdom, a Detroit based business accelerator, where she often presented on how to effectively select names and build brand identity. Robyn is a Hamilton junkie who loves to brag about Detroit’s revival. She is in awe of Sheryl Sandberg, and continues to provide strong support for her alma mater, with all three children attending Michigan State University at the same time – Go Green!

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Section

State Bar of New York

International Trademark Association (INTA), U.S. Parallel Imports Subcommittee

Founding Member & Executive Board Member, Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB)

Board Member, Jewish Family Services

Board Member, Hillel of Metro Detroit

Past Board Member, Jewish Education Division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Past Fetter Fellow, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Board Trustee, Jordan`s Partnership for a Cure to Fight Crohns & Colitis

Recognitions

“World Trademark Review 1000 Recommended individual,” Intellectual Asset Management, 2015-2016

“Leader in the Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2014

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2013, 2016

“The Comeback Award,” Presented by ePrize to Recognize Return of Detroit Talent to Michigan

Publications

Author, “United States Patent and Trademark Office pilot program takes flight,” Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, September 2012

Author, “Parody and the Trademark Dilution Revision Act: Are U.S. Courts Chewing, Charring and Wiping Away the Rights of Famous Trademark Owners,” INTA Bulletin, October 2009

Author, “Use Snooze You Lose,” Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2007

Author, “The Role of U.S. Design Patents for the Diamond Industry,” www.keyguide.net, March 2005

Author, “Make Your Mark in Israel: Registering Your Trademark,” www.technolawgy.com, February 2002

Presentations

Speaker, “Basic Trademark and Patent Practice for Lawyers and Paralegals,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Section, October 2017

Panel Speaker, “Additional Market Protection through Trademarks, Trade Dress and Design Patents,” Intellectual Property Resources’ Best Practices in Intellectual Property Conference, May 2016

Panel Speaker, “Trademark Clearance,” Corsearch and Masco, November 2015

Moderator, “Trademark Licensing Panel”, World Trademark Review’s Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle, October 2015

Panel Speaker, “Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights as you Expand into Global Markets,” International Trade Administration’s Discover Global Markets Forum, September 2014

Presenter, “12 Intellectual Property Mistakes & How to Avoid Them,” Brooks Kushman Lunch & Learn, November 2013

Speaker, “Choice Tips for Trademark Selection, Protection and Enforcement,” Oxford Press book launch event, July 2012

Speaker, “Basics of Patent and Trademark Protection,” Bizdom U, October 2010

Speaker, “2007 Update: Five Recent U.S. Trademark Cases In 30 Minutes and Other Tidbits,” Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Annual Meeting, October 2007

Speaker, “Trademark Rights: Clearance, Use and Registration,” American Business Women’s Association, June 2005

Speaker, “Trademark Rights: Clearance, Use and Registration,” Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan, May 2004

Education

J.D., Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law

B.A., Michigan State University