Allison Strickland Ricketts has deep experience in evaluating the availability of proposed new trademarks, developing strategies to remove obstacles to adoption and registration of trademarks, and creating strong trademark rights that her clients can use and register with confidence. She has reviewed and evaluated thousands of trademark clearance searches, and has filed and prosecuted more than 2,500 U.S. trademark applications. Allison also maintains protection for older registrations in compliance with strict U.S. standards that require the owner to demonstrate it is making valid use of a trademark in commerce.
The 2020 World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 noted Allison’s “exceptional knowledge of USPTO rules” and when the World Trademark Review was preparing its article on the “Top Takeaways from 2019,” they sought Allison’s opinion and quoted her in the article. For the eighth time in a row, she was named to Managing IP’s list of the TOP 250 WOMEN IN IP worldwide, which “recognizes female practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.”
Allison is skilled at negotiating resolutions to disputes, preparing effective and advantageous settlement and coexistence agreements, and negotiating and drafting license agreements. Allison’s thoughtful and creative advice helps individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses of all sizes make smart and cost-effective decisions about their valuable intellectual property.
A frequent speaker on the topic of trademark law and practice, Allison is especially in demand for insights on the Madrid Protocol system, overcoming difficult Trademark Office refusals to register marks, and structuring coexistence agreements.
Allison regularly attends USPTO events near her office in Alexandria, Virginia, frequently speaking with officials from the U.S. and other countries about policy issues and changes. She is active in many industry organizations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, having served on its Board of Directors and chaired or vice-chaired several of its committees over the years. Allison’s clients are drawn from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, non-profit organizations, innovative new technology, and many other industries.