Joseph T. Nabor has chaired the firm's Trademark, Brands, and Copyright Practice Group since 1989. During that time, he has prosecuted thousands of domestic and foreign trademark applications, including renewals and affidavits of use.
Joe's practice comprises primarily trademark work—both prosecution and litigation, domestic as well as international—along with copyright and patent counseling. He has been extensively involved in the conduct of discovery, the negotiation of settlement, an extensive motion practice, as well as obtaining and defending against the issuance of injunctions. Joe has been the lead attorney in hundreds of oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), in addition to directing oppositions and similar proceedings internationally.
All manner of clients, from start-up companies to Fortune 100 leaders in numerous industries, have sought Joe's counsel for sophisticated brand and portfolio development strategies. These transactions have included securing trademark rights throughout the world. Joe has also been involved in the acquisition of the intellectual property portfolios of many industry leaders. His clients rely on Joe's practical approach, which starts with listening to the client to understand the desired outcome, then applying his experience and knowledge to best position the matter, while looking beyond just the legal perimeters to strategically reach the targeted goal.
In the trademark and copyright prosecution area, Joe oversees all trademark and copyright applications filed through the firm. He has extensive experience in dealing with trademark-examining attorneys at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and with examining attorneys at the U.S. Copyright Office. Joe has led or participated in a number of ex parte appeals within the USPTO in which the trademark-examining attorneys have refused registration. In those appeals, many of which were argued by Joe before the TTAB, the findings of trademark-examining attorneys were reversed, and the TTAB directed registration of the marks. Joe has also conducted the review of hundreds of search reports regarding the availability of various trademarks on behalf of his clients.
Prior to passing the bar in 1989, Joe worked at Fitch Even as a senior paralegal for 10 years.
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