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Melissa A. Alcantara

Ms. Alcantara’s practice focuses on trademark and unfair competition litigation. She has represented clients in a number of federal courts, both prosecuting and defending claims of trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution and unfair competition. She also has assisted clients with disputes before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), including through trial, and has significant experience with domain name enforcement matters. Ms. Alcantara’s practice includes U.S. trademark prosecution, trademark availability counseling, as well as management of foreign opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Education & Credentials


Boston College

B.A., 2001

American University, Washington College of Law

J.D., 2004
  • American University Law Review, 2002-2004
  • Legal Intern for the Honorable Judith M. Barzilay, United States Court of International Trade, June 2002 - August 2002

Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers ®
    • "Rising Stars," Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation, 2014-2015

Representative Clients

  • Google Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Prominent Assignments

Experience in all aspects of litigation, from initial case assessment through trial and appellate practice.

Member of litigation team that successfully prosecuted federal trademark infringement/unfair competition case against major hotel resort chain resulting in jury award of monetary damages and court-ordered nationwide injunction.

Member of litigation team that defended international clothing retailers against claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, false advertising and unfair competition.

Experience in counterfeit product litigation. Represented brand owners in the cosmetic and shoe care industry.

Successfully obtained the transfer of dozens of domain names, including under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).

Professional Involvement

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
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