199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Protects brands and provides practical solutions to IP problems.
Cathy Stadecker uses her trademark expertise to help clients protect their brands and other intellectual property. She focuses her practice on intellectual property counseling involving trademark, copyright, advertising, unfair competition, and Internet issues. She regularly advises clients, from start-ups to large corporations, on registering trademarks and copyrights, managing trademark portfolios, policing efforts to protect trademarks and copyrights, resolving disputes relating to trademarks and copyrights, and licensing arrangements. Cathy has extensive experience litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), as well as a variety of intellectual property cases in federal court. She also drafts and negotiates a wide range of intellectual property-related agreements, including consulting agreements, non-disclosure agreements, license agreements, and software agreements.
- Represents well-known, international children's clothing brand in connection with trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters.
- Used Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) to enable local business to regain possession of hijacked domain name.
- Successfully defended a Stowe-based lodge and brewery in a declaratory trademark infringement suit brought in federal district court in Seattle by a local restaurant, resulting in restaurant changing its name.
- Represents an international online gaming company in connection with its global trademark portfolio and online infringement issues.
- Advises a local website development and online advertising company in TTAB proceedings and other trademark prosecution and enforcement matters.
- Assists a local youth marketing agency in connection with trademark enforcement matters.
- Manages trademarks, website agreements and software service agreements for a software development company.
- Represented a jewelry company in a cancellation proceeding before the TTAB that settled favorably mid-trial.
- Participated on the jury trial team that won a victory for a major software company in a dispute concerning copyright ownership.
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2004 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts
Trinity College, Cambridge University, M.Phil., 1997
Columbia College, Columbia University, B.A. cum laude, 1996
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2006
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2006
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2007
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2007
U.S. District Court, Vermont, 2013
Law Clerk for The Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2004-2005
- American Bar Association, 2008
- Governing Board of Directors of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Member
- Selected as “Rising Star” in 2013 by New England Super Lawyers
- Author, Ex Parte Appeals from A Legal Strategist’s Guide to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice, (American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 3rd Edition, 2016)
- Author, 3D Printing: How Will IP Law Handle the "Next Revolution" in Manufacturing?, The IP Stone: DRM’s Intellectual Property Law Blog (April 3, 2013)
- Author, New Generic Top Level Domains: Risks for Trademark Owners, The IP Stone DRM’s Intellectual Property Law Blog (January 20, 2012)
- Author, Domain Names and the New gTLDs: Protecting Your Trademarks Online, DRM Briefly Speaking Intellectual Law Seminar Series (January 26, 2012)
- Co-Author, Res Judicata/Collateral Estoppel from California Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law (State Bar of California, 2009)
- Co-Author, Protecting Your Trademark from Facebook Username Abuse, Morrison & Foerster Legal Update Newsletter (June 2009)