Tracy-Gene Durkin

Director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Tracy-Gene Durkin has a reputation for excellence in design patent law. Since 2017 she has been named a Chambers & Partners recognised practitioner. In 2018 IAM Patent 1000 deemed her the “design doyenne” and in 2017 declared that she is “the country’s top design patent expert”. WTR 1000 has noted that Ms Durkin is known for operating “at the vanguard of design patent law” and has “an affinity for matters at the intersection of trademarks, trade dress and design protection.” In 2019 WTR 1000 recognised her for being “as innovative as the products that she protects”. Since 2013 Ms Durkin has been ranked among Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, and the publication has also named her one of the Top 250 Women in IP.

Ms Durkin leads the mechanical and design patent group at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. With more than 30 years’ experience obtaining and enforcing IP rights, she is sought out by leading consumer product companies for her deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks and copyright. Her expertise includes helping to clear new products and trademarks for use in the marketplace, selecting appropriate IP protection and enforcing such protection through mediation, litigation and licensing.

Ms Durkin has represented companies in patent, trademark and copyright disputes before the federal district courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has successfully represented both complainants and respondents before WIPO in domain name arbitrations. Her prior experience working at the USPTO gives her unique insight into arguing difficult cases and negotiating with examiners in personal interviews.

Ms Durkin is an international speaker on the interplay between design patents, copyright and trade dress, the protection of graphical user interface and the user experience, the Hague Agreement, and trademark co-branding and licensing. She is serving a three-year term as a member of the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee.

Professional associations

  • AIPLA
  • INTA
  • IPO

Sample client list

  • 23andMe
  • Apple Inc
  • Luxottica Group SpA
  • Method Products
  • Nasdaq
  • PepsiCo Inc
  • salesforce.com
  • Slack Technologies
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • The Washington Post
  • Thule

Firm details

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

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