- National Association of Women Lawyers
Partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Donna Schmitt leads Armstrong Teasdale’s trademark services practice area. She strategically manages global trademark portfolios and advises clients on copyright, trade dress and trade secret matters. Businesses in a variety of industries look to her to handle domestic and foreign trademark prosecution and for guidance on trademark selection, use, registration, policing, protection, infringement and enforcement. She also advises on commercialisation of intellectual property through licensing. Further, Ms Schmitt counsels on domain name registration and use of trademarks and copyright in social media.
As part of her practice, Ms Schmitt works to identify trends and new tools to enforce IP rights, including efforts to curb the sale and distribution of counterfeit and knockoff products from electronics to personal care items. She manages oppositions and cancellations at the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as in dozens of foreign countries. She develops and implements customs enforcement programmes for her clients and, due to her in-house experience, incorporates business solutions along with legal options.
Ms Schmitt’s experience and current practice includes entities that provide goods and services in an array of industries. She is a member of Armstrong Teasdale’s healthcare and life sciences industry team, representing numerous entities, including local, regional and global healthcare systems and technology and investment companies focusing on this industry. She is also a member of the firm’s fashion and design practice area, representing large international luxury brands and local and international fashion entrepreneurs.