Sherri N. Blount, a highly regarded IP attorney who once served in the top management of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), practices at the intersection of IP and advertising and promotions law. She is an experienced transactional attorney and has negotiated hundreds of agreements involving the intellectual property rights of Fortune 100 companies, including issues related to brands, copyrights, licensing agreements, including software and content licensing, partnering and distribution, technology development, and technology transfer relationships. She routinely is called on to advise clients on advertising and marketing strategies in traditional, digital, and social media.
Sherri's clients comprise corporations in multiple industry groups including telecommunications and hospitality sectors as well as trade associations, nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities. She counsels clients on matters related to compliance with advertising and marketing regulations at the state and national levels. Sherri regularly handles entertainment and media matters, such as television and radio production deals, program acquisitions, rights clearances, syndication, FCC content review, and other related issues. Internet and e-commerce clients seek Sherri's counsel on new media and content licensing matters and actions under the Lanham Act. In the entertainment arena, Sherri represents media clients including national cable networks, television and radio broadcast networks, television and video producers, website operators, new media entrepreneurs, music publishers, recording artists, and authors.
Prior to joining Fitch Even, Sherri was a partner at Morrison & Foerster. She previously served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for PBS. In that role, she represented PBS in all domestic and international copyright matters, including copyright cable royalty issues. Sherri also was responsible for legal issues related to PBS's national program service. While there, she negotiated programming deals for some of PBS's best-known programs and series that are still in production today. Before joining PBS, she served as an Attorney Advisor to a Federal Trade Commissioner, responsible for consumer protection matters, including false advertising, unfair competition, and anti-trust issues.
In 2011, Sherri was named "Woman Lawyer of the Year" by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia. This prestigious award has been given to select women lawyers since 1964 for "their exceptional achievements in the legal profession and/or for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession."
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