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Nixon Peabody Expands Intellectual Property Practice on West Coast; New San Francisco Partner Marlene Williams Focuses on Domestic and International Trademark Protection and Enforcement

May 12, 2011
Allison McClain

San Francisco, CA. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has expanded its Intellectual Property practice on the West Coast with the arrival of new partner Marlene Williams. Ms. Williams focuses on domestic and international trademark protection and enforcement and strategic trademark portfolio management, as well as actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice also includes counseling on copyright law, licensing, Internet law, and rights of publicity.

Ms. Williams advises clients in a wide variety of industries, including medical devices and equipment, apparel, consumer goods and services, energy, wine, food and beverages, insurance and financial services, software, and telecommunications. “Marlene is very highly regarded and accomplished in the trademark field,” said Jason C. Kravitz, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Brands and Creations practice. “Our clients will truly benefit from Marlene’s judgment and vast experience in protecting and enforcing trademarks throughout the world.”

“Marlene’s talent and level of trademark experience will add a wonderful new dimension to our Intellectual Property practice on the West Coast,” added Paul E. Schrier, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Ms. Williams joins Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. Previously, she was a partner at former law firm Thelen LLP, where she led its Trademark practice. Ms. Williams is a 1991 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in political economics. In 1998, she earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.