Monica Riva Talley

Director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Monica Riva Talley heads Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC’s trademark and brand protection practice. She has more than 20 years’ experience in protecting some of the world’s most recognisable brands. Ranked as one of the leading trademark prosecution and strategy attorneys in Washington DC, Ms Talley is particularly noted for her global brand protection and commercialisation strategies. WTR editors have reported that Ms Talley is lauded by clients as “deeply thoughtful regarding trademark laws” and that she “runs an impressive team that can handle a large workflow without ever letting matters drop.” Additionally, Managing Intellectual Property has named her as an “IP Star” and recognised her as one of the magazine’s “Top 250 Women in IP”.

In particular, Ms Talley specialises in strategic trademark counselling and portfolio management, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and trademark enforcement. She is also adept at handling a wide range of trademark and domain name disputes, drafting advantageous settlement and co-existence agreements, and negotiating and drafting licence agreements.

Having worked in advertising and marketing before her entry into the field of law, Ms Talley is renowned for providing clients with creative, cost-effective and practical solutions that work within both business and legal parameters. In addition to her business acumen, she is well known for her ability to foster strong, mutually rewarding client relationships.

Ms Talley serves a broad base of international clients in the consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, manufacturing, telecommunications, music, biotechnology, IT, media and entertainment fields. She also represents numerous associations and non-profit organisations, and works with clients in registering and enforcing certification marks.

Ms Talley frequently speaks and writes on trademark issues to a variety of public and private audiences. She has been active for many years in leading IP organisations, including INTA, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Ms Talley is co-chair of the AIPLA Cannabis Subcommittee and a member of the steering committee for the Women in IP Network (WIN) DC Chapter.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • IPO

Sample client list

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Juul Labs
  • Nasdaq
  • Paul Reed Smith Guitars
  • The Washington Post
  • Thule
  • Verizon
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

Firm details

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
1100 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005
United States

Contact details

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