Monica Riva Talley heads Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC’s trademark, advertising and anti-counterfeiting practice. She has more than 20 years’ experience in protecting some of the world’s most recognisable brands. In particular, Ms Talley specialises in strategic trademark counselling and portfolio management, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies and trademark enforcement.
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.
Ms Talley also has significant expertise in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She handles a wide range of online trademark and domain name disputes; files arbitration complaints under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy; negotiates resolutions to disputes; drafts advantageous settlement and coexistence agreements; and is skilled at negotiating and drafting licence agreements. Ms Talley assists brand owners with navigating the changing landscape of ICANN’s new generic top-level domain system.
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, information technology, 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 the International Trademark Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. While attending law school, Ms Talley worked as a trademark attorney assistant at the USPTO.