Lisa Bollinger Gehman

Associate

Philadelphia
T +1 215.564.2684
F +1 215.568.3439

Overview

Lisa Bollinger Gehman focuses her practice on trademarks and copyrights. Her areas of concentration include trademark clearance, expansion and enforcement, unfair competition, dilution, domain names and litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Lisa manages large worldwide trademark portfolios, and regularly represents clients in anti-counterfeiting efforts and domain name disputes. She also counsels clients on copyright matters, including rights clearance and DMCA compliance.

Select Experience

  • Represented a global financial software manufacturer in a bench trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge ruled in favor of client.
  • Received a favorable fair use ruling for a newspaper in a copyright infringement suit in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • Manages the day-to-day activities for global trademark portfolios for a range of businesses, including in the retail, apparel, software, insurance, manufacturing, biopharmaceutical, entertainment and education industries.
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Experience

  • Represented a global financial software manufacturer in a bench trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge ruled in favor of client.
  • Received a favorable fair use ruling for a newspaper in a copyright infringement suit in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • Manages the day-to-day activities for global trademark portfolios for a range of businesses, including in the retail, apparel, software, insurance, manufacturing, biopharmaceutical, entertainment and education industries.
  • Prepares cease and desist letters and handles takedown notices relating to internet-based infringements.
  • Successfully represents clients in Uniform Domain Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings against cyber-squatters.
  • Regularly conducts U.S. and foreign trademark clearance searches for clients around the world.
  • Drafts office action responses to overcome denials of trademark registrations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Conducts trademark and copyright due diligence for intellectual property asset purchases.
  • Experienced in federal district court litigation pertaining to trademark infringement, unfair competition and copyright infringement.
  • Successfully defended a clothing brand in a trademark and right of publicity infringement suit in the Central District of California.
  • Obtained a dismissal of advertising firm from a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit alleging contributory liability in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB.
  • Assists clients in resolving trademark disputes, including negotiating and drafting settlement, co-existence and license agreements.
  • Counseled entertainment and sports industry client on book clearance rights and set up a digital rights management for the images and agreements.
  • Counseled education technology client on music rights licensing and clearance.
  • Assisted with complex assignment of registered and unregistered copyrights and publishing agreements for a well-known author.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • IP Law Section - YLD Liaison (2021 to 2022)
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Indigenous Rights Committee (2020 to 2022)
    • Law Firm Committee (2022 to Present)
  • Copyright Society of the USA
    • Pennsylvania Chapter Co-Chair (2020 to Present)
  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA)
    • Board Member (2019 to 2021)
  • Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court
    • Board Member (2019 to 2020)
  • ChIPs
    • Philadelphia Chapter

Pro Bono

  • Support Center for Child Advocates: Child Advocate Volunteer Attorney
  • Trademark counseling for Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), a non-profit that provides legal aid to low-income individuals
  • Trademark counseling for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC), a non-profit that raises awareness of breast health issues

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable David R. Workman, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas (2016 to 2017)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2015)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2016, summa cum laude; Dean's Award for Exceptional Achievement as a Law Student; Associate Editor, Drexel Law Review
  • B.S., Legal Studies, Central Penn College, 2013, summa cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Decentralized Domains: Metaverse Land Grab
By Lisa Bollinger Gehman, Kevin M. Wallace, Deborah A. Wilcox
June 1, 2022
As the metaverse continues to become a more established marketplace, and consumers become more familiar with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), NFT marketplaces, decentralized domains, bitcoin, crypto wallets and the blockchain, it is no surprise...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
USPTO Implements Trademark Modernization Act
By Lisa Bollinger Gehman, Deborah A. Wilcox
December 23, 2021
Earlier this month, certain regulations implementing the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) went into effect. Per the final rule, the new tools are primarily to clear the “deadwood” – that is, unused registered trademarks – from the...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
USPTO Sanctions Chinese Law Firm for Fraud and Terminates More Than 15,000 US Trademark Applications
By Lisa Bollinger Gehman
December 22, 2021
On Dec. 10, 2021, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a precedential Final Order for Sanctions against Chinese practitioner and law firm Yusha Zhang and Shenzhen Huanyee Intellectual Property Co., Ltd. for filing more than...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Proposed Fast-Track Copyright Registration Option for Small Claims
By Lisa Bollinger Gehman, Deborah A. Wilcox
April 28, 2021
The U.S. Copyright Office has proposed a fast-track copyright registration option[1] for small claims to be brought before the Copyright Claims Board (CCB). Congress recently created the CCB under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims...
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In re Tam: Still No Trademark Registration for The Slants
By Lisa Bollinger Gehman
April 5, 2016
In the continuing saga of whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment, the rock band The Slants will have to wait a little longer before it knows whether it can register its trademark...
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