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March 1, 2012 Vol. 67 No. 5 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanne Hamburg

Jeanne Hamburg is an experienced developer of professional education programs for trademark practitioners and speaker on trademark topics. She sees both of these activities as important tools to keep industry pros up to speed and to facilitate communication among trademark professionals, which ultimately results in better client service.

Recently appointed vice chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, Jeanne was recruited by INTA a decade ago to help develop its first e-learning course, Trademark Basics. Since then, she has worked on web-based courses on the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Ethics. Most recently, she assisted in developing and presenting a webinar on Trademark Ethics that focused on limitations on attorney conduct.

Jeanne works in the New York City office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., where she chairs the firm’s Internet Law Group. For the past several years she has co-presented an annual live Trademark Crash Course. “Attendees raise interesting questions that challenge all of us presenters to think in new and different ways about the ‘basics’ of trademark law,” she says. I think I learn as much as I teach at all of these courses, and they definitely enrich my practice.”

Jeanne says she loves her work because of the variety of tasks and client industries involved. “In the course of one day, I might be working on a federal court case involving trademark infringement, or a TTAB proceeding, or general counseling and clearance work, or a transaction that involves trademark issues such as a merger or acquisition, or a bankruptcy proceeding involving intangible assets in the form of trademarks,” she says.

Recently recognized for the third time as one of the New York Super Lawyers® for IP and IP Litigation, Jeanne cites rights enforcement on the Internet as one of the most important issues currently facing trademark owners. She adds that one issue worthy of INTA’s attention is why trademark law does not provide an automatic takedown right for infringing web content —a feature that exists in copyright law (under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

When she is not working, family comes first for Jeanne. She and her husband Jay have two children (Grant, 9, and Kara, 14), as well as an adopted “rescue” dog, Ella. An avid reader—and a member of INTA’s book lovers group—Hamburg also counts travel, interior design and entertaining as favorite activities. Appropriately, she says the trademark that best describes her is Kodak’s slogan SHARE MOMENTS. SHARE LIFE.

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