Brown Rudnick Welcomes New Chair of the Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice Group
PUBLISHED ON: 07/08/2019
Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2019 – Brown Rudnick LLP announced today that Peter J. Willsey and Vincent J. Badolato have joined the firm. Willsey joins as Chair of the global Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice Group and as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Badolato joins as Counsel in the Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice Group. Hailing from Cooley LLP, both Willsey and Badolato will be based out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
“Beyond adding to our deep bench of litigators in Washington, D.C., Peter brings unique capabilities to the firm that will enhance our offerings in the intellectual property arena,” said Sam Williams, Managing Director of Brown Rudnick’s Corporate & Capital Markets Department. “His strong leadership skills and dedication to the firm’s collaborative culture will make him a tremendous fit for the new Chair of the Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Practice Group,” added Williams.
With over two decades of experience, Willsey focuses his practice on litigation, counseling, and prosecution in the fields of trademark and copyright law. He advises companies ranging from startups to global corporations on the entire life cycle of a trademark, beginning with the inception of a product or brand name and advising on branding strategies, to registering the trademark and enforcing intellectual property rights. His clients span all industries, including technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer products.
Willsey has handled matters in federal courts throughout the country and before the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also counsels on domestic and foreign trademark prosecution efforts.
“Peter’s comprehensive experience on trademark and copyright litigation matters perfectly complements the work we are doing in our Intellectual Property Practice,” said Thomas Meyers, Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “His focus developing efficient branding and protection strategies, and advising clients through every stage of the trademark process further builds on the work we are doing in the space. He will be a valuable asset to the team.”
Badolato focuses his practice on the selection, clearance, adoption and use of trademarks, domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement, trademark portfolio management and the development of comprehensive branding strategies. Extensively experienced in counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation in the field of trademark and copyright law, Badolato has also handled trademark and advertising litigation matters in federal court.
“Two things that immediately drew me to Brown Rudnick are the firm’s unwavering commitment to firm culture and its geographic reach,” said Peter. “Companies are continuing to keep an eye on intellectual property issues not only in the U.S, but also in the UK and the EU. With Brown Rudnick’s strong geographic footprint in those markets, I look forward to continuing to grow my practice under the firm’s collaborative platform.”
Willsey earned his J.D. from University of Richmond School of Law and his B.A. from University of Virginia. He is an adjunct professor teaching trademark law and unfair competition at Georgetown University Law School, and previously taught a trademark course at the University of Virginia Law School.
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