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Anessa Owen Kramer

Partner
Office Co-Managing Partner, Bloomfield Hills
Leader, Advertising and Marketing Practice Group

Education

George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • with honors
  • The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, Managing Editor; Moot Court Board; George Washington Legal Research and Writing Program, Dean's Fellow
Michigan State University, B.A.
  • with honors

Prior Employment

  • Brooks Kushman P.C., Shareholder, 2008-2010; Associate, 2001-2008
  • Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Associate, 1998-2001

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

International Trademark Association

  • Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, 2011-present
  • Committee Member, 2003-present

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

  • Membership Chair
Overview
Experience
Community
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Honors

Overview

Ms. Kramer is an intellectual property attorney with significant experience in managing large international trademark portfolios, including numerous prominent and distinguished global brands. She is particularly skilled in the use of cost-effective trademark management and protection strategies and is highly knowledgeable in many aspects of trademark law.

  • Trademark Clearance and Prosecution: brand management counseling; developing and implementing cost-effective portfolio management and global trademark clearance strategies; selection and management of foreign counsel; and representation of clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Trade Dress: prosecuted numerous trade dress applications before the USPTO involving product configurations and look-and-feel; enforcement of trade dress rights
  • Trademark Enforcement: implementing and managing both small and large scale trademark enforcement programs, including through watch services, investigations, cease and desist letters and litigation; extensive representation before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; representing clients in federal courts around the country in trademark/trade dress infringement, dilution, cybersquatting, counterfeiting, unfair competition and false advertising litigation; working with U.S. Customs to stop infringements at the border; obtaining temporary restraining orders/ex parte seizure orders and executing seizures in counterfeiting cases
  • E-commerce: challenging infringing domain names through Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and cybersquatting actions; negotiation of domain name transfer agreements; representing clients in matters involving keyword advertising and other Internet issues
  • Corporate transactions: conducting due diligence review on behalf of purchasers of intellectual property rights; assisting in due diligence on behalf of sellers of intellectual property rights; negotiation of sale of intellectual property rights; recordation of security interests and assignments
  • Licensing: drafting and negotiating license agreements; considering protection and enforcement strategies for licensed goods
  • Advertising and Marketing: review advertising and promotional materials for compliance with advertising and trademark laws; evaluation of possible false advertising claims; review sponsorship and product placement agreements

Experience

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction and monetary damages for Seattle's Best Coffee in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Reclaimed numerous infringing domain names in cybersquatting UDRP actions on behalf of Land Rover and Jaguar
  • Handled and successfully resolved dozens of oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Enforced a consent judgment and obtained significant damages on behalf of Land Rover in a trademark litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Obtained preliminary injunction and monetary damages against multiple defendants in trademark infringement action in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a chemical company involved in trademark infringement litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and a co-pending dispute in Europe
  • Negotiated dozens of license agreements, coexistence agreements, consent judgments and settlement agreements as a means of resolving trademark disputes
  • Sought and obtained ex parte seizure orders and temporary restraining orders in numerous cases involving counterfeit products, including pharmaceuticals and consumer goods
  • Conducted global clearance searches in preparation for launch of new vehicles on behalf of several automotive manufacturers

Community

The Roeper School

  • Board of Trustees, 2012-present

The Jewish Fund

  • Board Member, 2011-present
  • Liaison, 2009-2011

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Board of Governors, 2008-present
  • Women’s Division
    • Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Grosfeld G8 Leadership Mission to Israel and Poland, Co-chair, 2009
  • Allocations Committee
    • Community Services Division Subcommittee, 2008-2010

Jewish Federations of North America

  • National Young Leadership Committee, 2010-present

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Publications

Seminars & Events

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Managing Intellectual Property
    • Recognized as an "IP Star," 2013 and 2014
    • Named "Top 250 Women in IP" in the U.S., 2013
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2012 and 2013
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2014
    • Named as one of the Michigan Super Lawyers Top 50 Women, 2014
  • International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, recognized as one of 25 "Leaders in the Law," 2010 
  • Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leadership Award: honored by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 2010
  • Crain's Detroit Business, recognized as one of Crain’s “40 under 40” Metropolitan Detroit business leaders under the age of 40, 2007