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. 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 TTAB. Her work also includes:

  • handling a wide range of online trademark and domain name disputes;
  • filing arbitration complaints under the ICANN UDRP;
  • negotiating resolutions to disputes;
  • drafting advantageous settlement and coexistence agreements; and
  • negotiating and drafting licence agreements.

Ms Talley assists brand owners with navigating the changing landscape of ICANN’s new generic TLD 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 INTA and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. While attending law school, Ms Talley worked as a trademark attorney assistant at the USPTO.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • IPO

Sample client list

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Emergent BioSolutions Inc
  • Juul Labs
  • MITRE Corporation
  • Paul Reed Smith Guitars
  • The Washington Post
  • Thule
  • Verizon
  • Volkswagen

Firm details

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

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