The 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


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Anessa Kramer is an intellectual property attorney with significant experience managing large international trademark portfolios. She manages U.S. and global trademark enforcement work, in particular, for a number of prominent and famous trademarks that are part of our everyday landscape. Anessa is particularly skilled in the implementation of cost-effective trademark clearance, procurement, and protection strategies, and she is widely recognized for her ability to tailor work to the specific needs of a client’s business. Her experience touches all areas of trademark law, including domain name issues, social media, digital and print advertising and marketing, and licensing.

  • 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


Representative Matters

  • Structured a cost-effective trademark enforcement program on behalf of owners of several famous brands
  • Handled and successfully resolved dozens of oppositions before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Reclaimed dozens of infringing domain names in cybersquatting UDRP actions on behalf of multinational companies
  • Represented clients in connection with sponsorship agreements and product placement agreements
  • Advised clients on trademark issues arising in the social media and advertising/digital advertising context
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction and monetary damages for Seattle's Best Coffee in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • 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
  • Counseled companies, from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities, on trademark clearance and mitigation of risk relating to international brand expansions

Prior Experience

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



  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2017
    • Recognized as a Band 1 lawyer in the Intellectual Property field in Michigan; Chambers USA states:
      • 2021 - "Anessa Kramer is noted for her trademark expertise, regularly handling enforcement and opposition work." One client adds, "She is an excellent attorney; she is very thoughtful and business-oriented."
      • 2020 - One source lauds her as an “excellent attorney” who is “very responsive” and “provides clear, understandable advice.” 
      • 2019 - "Anessa Kramer has a highly regarded trademark practice, frequently assisting clients across a full range of portfolio management matters. She is described as a 'superstar' by impressed peers."
      • 2018 – "Anessa Kramer advises on all areas of trademark law, including domain name issues, social media matters and licensing. Clients describe her as 'an expert in the field' who gives 'really terrific advice.'"
      • 2017 – "Anessa Kramer is widely regarded as one of the leading trademark specialists in the state, with considerable experience advising global brands on matters of trademark prosecution and enforcement. Clients describe her as a 'fantastic counselor,' with one source going on to add: 'She is responsive, business-savvy and smart.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2022
    • Recognized in practice areas of Trademark Law and Copyright Law 
    • Troy Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2017
  • World Trademark Review 1000 – the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015-2021
    • Recognized as one of two Michigan attorneys rated in the Gold category, 2016 and 2017
    • World Trademark Review 1000 states:  
      • 2021 - "Nobody is as quick, practical, smart or proactive as Anessa, whose advice can be relied on 100%.”
      • 2020 - "Kramer is beloved by foreign associates who cite her as being ‘outstanding on all fronts.’ ‘To find a US attorney who is not only supremely capable and commercial but who also offers excellent value is incredibly hard, but Anessa fits the bill perfectly. She is one of the best trademark lawyers in the world. Super responsive, intelligent and practical, she thinks ahead and can answer your questions before you’ve even asked them. Her excellent team instills great confidence so that you know you are in the best of hands."
      • 2019 - "Highly recommended for her portfolio management proficiency, [Anessa] is in sync with her clients – who are invariably famous brand owners – on a commercial level."
      • 2018
      • 2017 – "Strategic maven Anessa Kramer is a 'fantastic attorney who consistently impresses. She always has an interesting take on matters and puts together excellent prosecution plans.'"
      • 2016 – "[Anessa] stands out for her adroit portfolio management and her flair at recovering web addresses for beleaguered brand owners in domain name arbitration."
      • 2015 – "Colleague Anessa Kramer is lauded for her prosecution prowess; able to handle a great number of marks with ease, she has also successfully implemented cost-effective brand management programmes for a number of high-profile clients."
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2012-2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2021
    • Named as one of the: 
      • Top 25 Women Business Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
      • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
      • Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, Recognized as Trademark Star, 2013-2021
    • Named to "Top 250 Women in IP" in the U.S., 2013, 2020, 2021
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Copyright & Trademark Law and Intellectual Property Law
  • International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, 2013-2015, 2020
  • 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

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs 2020-present (Appointment by Governor Gretchen Whitmer)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • International Trademark Association
    • Anticounterfeiting Committee, 2020-present
    • Committee Member, 2003-present
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    • President, 2016-2017
    • President-Elect, 2015-2016
    • Membership Chair, 2013-2015
  • The Roeper School
    • Board of Trustees, 2012-2021
  • The Jewish Fund
    • Board Member, 2011-2020
    • Liaison, 2009-2011
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Board of Governors, 2008-2014; 2020-present
    • Women’s Division
      • Board of Directors, 2008-2014
    • Grosfeld G8 Leadership Mission to Israel and Poland, Co-chair, 2009
  • Jewish Federations of North America
    • National Young Leadership Committee, 2010-2013

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