Susan Upton Douglass is an internationally recognized leader in U.S. trademark and copyright law with a worldwide clientele that seeks her out to protect their U.S. intellectual property. Consistently ranked as a top-tier thought leader, Susan’s practice focuses on developing brand protection strategies with a creative, pragmatic approach.
For more than 37 years, Susan has counseled clients on matters involving searching and clearing trademarks. She also files and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, negotiates and drafts agreements, and resolves disputes. Her extensive experience in the creative use of trademarks to protect product designs and non-literary works includes the USPTO registration of Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole trade dress and the LE GRUYÈRE certification mark for cheese.
Susan has written and lectured extensively on trademark and copyright practice, including searching, prosecution, licensing, and strategic problem-solving. Reflecting diverse industries such as fashion, jewelry, skin care, direct sales, pharmaceuticals, beverages, restaurants, packaged goods, online retailers, alcoholic beverages, semiconductors, telecom, and manufacturing, Susan’s clients include IKEA, Sanofi, Tupperware, Chanel, Prada, Issey Miyake, MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE, and the Anti-Defamation League.