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Julie Nichols Matthews

Julie Nichols Matthews

Locke Lord LLP
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    • Chicago Tel +1 312 201 2551 | Fax +1 855 584 0179
    Julie is a partner with over eighteen years of experience in intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark, advertising and Internet law. Julie works with well-known brand owners, middle market companies and emerging media and technology companies on protecting and exploiting IP rights in a rapidly-changing, global marketplace.

    Julie counsels clients on selecting strong brands, registering IP and policing rights effectively; structuring independent contractor and work made for hire arrangements; developing international franchise and licensing programs; and drafting website Terms of Use and Privacy Policies. She helps clients navigate the complexities of global rights clearance, the use and misuse of trademarks and copyrightable material on the Internet, and issues arising from online data collection, mobile marketing and the use of social media.

    Julie has litigated and successfully resolved trademark, copyright, counterfeiting and unfair competition disputes, domain name disputes and civil actions in federal courts. She handles trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and supervises global trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programs.
    • Advises on trademark, copyright, privacy, advertising and domain name matters, including IP registration, disputes, and issues arising from e-commerce and the use of IP on the Internet

    • Drafts and responds to cease and desist demands and negotiate settlement, co-existence and consent agreements

    • Negotiates licenses and other IP-related agreements (assignments, confidentiality agreements, employee IP agreements, co-promotion agreements, right of publicity releases, work made for hire agreements, independent contractor agreements, cause marketing agreements, franchise and distribution agreements)

    • Manages global trademark and IP portfolios to enhance protection and align with shifting business objectives; counsels on international registration strategies

    • Advises clients engaged in mobile and online advertising on legal risks and compliance strategies for advertising to children; blogging and endorsements in social media; privacy, security and data collection; environmental “green” marketing claims; comparative advertising claims; health and “Made in USA” claims; negative-option marketing offers; and social media use

    • Advises on claim substantiation and disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission Act, the FTC’s Green Guides, the FTC’s Endorsement Guides, the “Made in USA” Standard, the Truth In Lending Act, the Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the CAN-Spam Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    • Counsels clients on sweepstakes and contest compliance

    • Represents clients in infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and cyber-squatting disputes and in trademark oppositions and cancellations before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    • Drafts guidelines on trademark usage, use of social media, comparative advertising, sweepstakes and promotions, product labeling and use of copyrighted materials

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