Robert Kenney has more than 35 years of experience in intellectual property legal matters including trademark clearance, prosecution, counseling and portfolio management and patent, trademark and copyright litigation.

Bob has helped clients in a broad range of fields acquire, protect and profit from their important intellectual property rights as well as teaming with clients for licensing and intellectual property acquisition. He is particularly focused on helping clients build and protect their valuable brands. His approach is to understand his clients’ business and tailor strategies that support the best business outcome for clients, avoiding expensive litigation wherever possible and striving for results that best t his clients’ long-term business interests.

Bob is also an experienced litigator, representing clients throughout his career in federal courts across the United States as well as in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He has similarly represented numerous clients in trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Trademark Office. 

In addition to handling all aspects of trademark practice, including acquisition and enforcement, Bob provides anti-counterfeiting counseling and enforcement, and is a member of the International Trademark Association's Unreal Campaign Committee, which educates students on the dangers of counterfeit goods. 

Bob is also an experienced educator in relation to intellectual property matters and has lectured on issues from brand protection, trademarks, licensing, designs and intellectual property litigation in U.S. courts and the ITC to groups throughout the world. His clients have included multinational and Global 500 companies as well as mid-sized businesses and individuals in fields such as consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, apparel, home goods and kitchen products, travel services, wines and spirits and automotive parts.

    • Education

      • J.D., George Mason University, 1987
         
      • B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1984

      Leadership

      • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA), Unreal Campaign Committee
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    • Memberships

      • American Bar Association
      • American Intellectual Property Law Association
      • International Trademark Association (INTA)
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      Admitted to Practice

      • Eastern District of Virginia
      • District of D.C.
      • District of Maryland
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Experience

  • Represented a software platform provider in a trademark infringement matter in U.S. federal court and obtained a favorable settlement.

  • Defended a toy manufacturer against claims of trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement in a trial that resulted in findings of non-infringement on all claims.

  • In a case before the International Trade Commission for patent infringement, obtained for client the only dismissal of the 10 defendants. Avoiding the significant cost of this litigation to his client’s business.

  • Obtained default judgment for violation of the settlement agreement, to client’s great satisfaction, when, after a settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the opposing party violated the agreement.

Articles & Presentations
  • Is a Common Word added to a TLD Like ‘.com’ Inherently Generic? Who Decides?; article in IP Watchdog; December 18, 2019;
  • A Discussion of Scandalous/Offensive Marks, HouseMARQUES, Issue 88;
  • Protecting Unregistered Trademarks Under Common Law and Unfair Competition, World Trademark Review, October/November 2017;
Speaking Engagements & Recognitions

• Named an IP Star by Managing IP for 2020

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