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
PTAB Denies Institution Despite Petitioner Demonstrating Reasonable Likelihood of Prevailing With Respect to at Least One Claim
By David N. Farsiou
November 12, 2018
In SAS Institute v. Iancu, 138 S. Ct. 1348, 1351 (2018), the Supreme Court held that when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) institutes an inter partes review, it must decide the patentability of all the claims the petitioner...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Beware of Fraudulent Requests to USPTO to Change Official Trademark Registration Records
By Deborah A. Wilcox
October 23, 2018
We have been alerted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of unauthorized attempts by unknown parties to amend our clients’ trademark registration records. Filing Correspondents and Attorneys of Record must remain...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Trademark Office Takes Tougher Stance on Registering Rights to Colors on Packaging
By Shannon V. McCue
October 12, 2018
Trademark law recognizes that a color can be used to identify the source of products and therefore, enjoys protection under trademark law. Let’s test your color brand awareness: • What can Brown do for you? – shipping services • The little...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
USPTO Memo Addresses Eligibility of Method-of-Treatment Claims in View of Federal Circuit Decision
By David N. Farsiou
June 18, 2018
In a memorandum dated June 7, 2018 (Memo), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) set out new guidance concerning method-of-treatment claims, which should be welcome news for patentees. The memo addressed the decision by the U.S...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
No Bull: Acquired Distinctiveness Is Not a Given
By Kevin M. Bovard
April 20, 2017
The Trademark Trial & Appeal Board recently issued a nonprecedential decision that serves as a good reminder that distinctiveness is not automatically acquired simply by long-standing use. Klickitat Valley Chianina, LLC, Serial No...
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