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Melissa A. Alcantara

Ms. Alcantara’s practice focuses on trademark and unfair competition litigation. She has represented clients in U.S. District Courts across the country, both prosecuting and defending comprehensive claims of trademark infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising, trademark dilution, unfair competition and unfair trade practices. Her experience includes all aspects of the litigation process from pre-suit strategy and investigations, pleadings, discovery and dispositive motions to bench and jury trials as well as mediation.

Ms. Alcantara represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including through trial. She has particular experience with domain name enforcement and has successfully recovered numerous domain names through the UDRP and other domain name dispute resolution policies.   

In addition to litigation, Ms. Alcantara assists clients with both U.S. and international trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement and transactional matters, including trademark availability counseling, filing, registration, maintenance, licensing, coexistence agreements, and ex parte appeals and adversarial proceedings related to registration.

Ms. Alcantara works with companies, both large and small, in a diverse range of industries including technology, manufacturing, energy, consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, restaurant, hospitality, retail and entertainment.  She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, New York and New Jersey.
 

Education & Credentials

Education

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

Acknowledgements

  • 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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