Kevin M. Bovard

Partner

Philadelphia
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Overview

Kevin Bovard concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology law, handling copyright, trademark and patent matters. In addition to his significant litigation experience, Kevin routinely counsels clients on trademark and copyright procurement, protection, clearance, registration and enforcement, as well as IP licensing. Kevin applies his intellectual property knowledge in many and varied industries, from small start-up firms to large multinational corporations.

Kevin recently taught Temple Law School's Introduction to Intellectual Property course as an adjunct professor.

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Trademark/Trade Dress
  • Serves as lead trademark counsel and manages the global trademark portfolios of multiple Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, as well as smaller entities.
  • Provides comprehensive trademark services, including clearance and trademark prosecution services, as well as enforcement strategies, to consumer products companies, medical device manufacturers, software companies, apparel retailers and other brand owners.
Copyright
  • Representing, as lead counsel, an author's heir in a suit for declaratory judgment of joint authorship and for an accounting.
  • Represented a telephone directory publisher in defending claims of copyright infringement based on the plaintiff's collection of stock photographs.
Patent
  • Defending a large technology company in a patent infringement case involving contact-voltage detection along streets. District court litigation was stayed following successful institution of inter partes review at the USPTO, after which all asserted claims were found to be invalid. 
  • Defended an LED manufacturer against claims of design patent infringement. Virtually all damages were eliminated on summary judgment.
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Experience

Trademark/Trade Dress
  • Serves as lead trademark counsel and manages the global trademark portfolios of multiple Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, as well as smaller entities.
  • Provides comprehensive trademark services, including clearance and trademark prosecution services, as well as enforcement strategies, to consumer products companies, medical device manufacturers, software companies, apparel retailers and other brand owners.
  • Lead counsel in cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO.  
  • Lead counsel defending a light emitting diode (LED) retailer against trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims.
  • Represented a playground equipment manufacturer in asserting trade dress infringement claims against a competitor.
  • Represented a clothing and home goods retailer in asserting trademark infringement and related Lanham Act claims.
  • Obtained transfer of cyber-squatted web domains through a UDRP proceeding. 
Copyright
  • Representing, as lead counsel, an author's heir in a suit for declaratory judgment of joint authorship and for an accounting.
  • Represented a telephone directory publisher in defending claims of copyright infringement based on the plaintiff's collection of stock photographs.
  • Represented a software company in asserting copyright and related breach of contract claims against a former customer.
  • Represented an enterprise applications software company in a case against its direct competitor, alleging violations of the U.S. Copyright Act, Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, California Unfair Competition Law, and related business torts.
  • Represented a visual artist in asserting claims under the Visual Artists Rights Act, the U.S. Copyright Act and state law.
Patent
  • Defending a large technology company in a patent infringement case involving contact-voltage detection along streets. District court litigation was stayed following successful institution of inter partes review at the USPTO, after which all asserted claims were found to be invalid. 
  • Defended an LED manufacturer against claims of design patent infringement. Virtually all damages were eliminated on summary judgment.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal Intelligencer: "Lawyers on the Fast Track" (2017)

Prior Positions

  • San Francisco Barristers' Club IP/Internet Law Section: Co-Chair, Bar Associate

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2006
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 2003

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Session not Season
By Christina J. Moser
September 20, 2019
When the Supreme Court opens its new session on Oct. 7, one of the cases it will determine, Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., et al. Case No. 2018-2417, is expected to resolve a stark difference among circuits over when a trademark...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Precedential Opinion Stressing That Design Patents Cover Articles of Manufacture
By Tayan B. Patel
September 18, 2019
In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit held that “claim language can limit the scope of a design patent where the claim language supplies the only instance of an article of manufacture that appears nowhere in the figures.”...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Canada: New Trademark Laws Go Into Effect
By Kevin M. Bovard
June 26, 2019
On June 17, Canada implemented long-awaited changes to its trademark laws. These updates are designed to modernize Canadian trademark practice and bring Canada more in line with international practice. Businesses with brand interests in...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
USPTO Pilot Program: Trademark Registrations May Now Be Broadened To Account For Evolving Technology
By Kevin M. Bovard
September 9, 2015
Trademark Office rules generally prohibit the broadening of goods and services identified in existing trademark registrations. But on September 1, the USPTO announced a new pilot program that will create a limited exception to this rule...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit affirms PTAB in first IPR final written decision appeal
By Kevin M. Bovard
February 16, 2015
The Federal Circuit recently issued its first ruling on an appeal from an inter partes review (IPR) final written decision, In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies. In doing so, the court affirmed the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)...
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