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Principal Counsel at ESPN Inc
Allison Cantor is principal counsel for ESPN Inc and handles the legal matters for several ESPN business units, including consumer products, affiliate sales and marketing, programming, communications and corporate citizenship. As trademark counsel, Ms Cantor oversees ESPN’s portfolio of more than 1,200 trademark records worldwide, including not only ESPN’s marquee brands (eg, ESPN, SportsCenter and X Games), but also its regional and emerging brands (eg, the SEC Network and ESPN+). Ms Cantor’s daily responsibilities involve the clearance of new marks to be integrated into ESPN’s vast portfolio of daily video, written and digital content and consumer products. In addition, Ms Cantor handles ESPN’s IP enforcement and licensing.
Ms Cantor began her career at ESPN as an associate contract administrator in affiliate sales and marketing for Disney and ESPN media networks. She spent several years there before leaving for law school. Ms Cantor received her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she served as president of the arts, entertainment and sports law society and alumni affairs editor for the Connecticut Law Review, participated in the IP clinic and earned a certificate in IP law. After law school, Ms Cantor worked in the IP and corporate practice areas at a northeast regional law firm before returning to ESPN to join its legal department in 2011.
Ms Cantor is active in several IP organisations, including INTA. She holds a variety of leadership roles, including serving on the executive committee for the IP section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She is also an alumnus of the Rising Leaders Programme of Women in Cable Telecommunications and is a regular speaker at the University of Connecticut School of Law and other Connecticut law schools and universities.