For the EIP monthly professional highlight, we are happy to announce that our spotlight for September 2018 will feature Stephanie Bald. Bald graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature and French from Denison University in 2001, and her Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service in 2004. In 2004, Bald graduated cum laude, receiving her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She is not only admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and in the District of Columbia, but she is also admitted to practice before several U.S district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits.

Stephanie specializes in trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. She has represented clients in federal courts across the country and even before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She advises clients on trademark enforcement strategies and manages domestic and global trademark portfolios. She also renders opinions on trademark infringement and dilution; false advertising; domain names; and the selection, use, registration, and licensing of trademarks.

Stephanie has been named to Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP (2014-2018), listed in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2016-2018), and recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2014-2018).

Stephanie honed her expertise in the trademark arena through her time at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP, where she worked as a Trademark and Copyright Associate, moving all the way up to partner by the time she left in April 2013. At that time, she made a bold move and along with some of her other IP attorney coworkers, all left Finnegan to launch their own boutique IP law firm, Kelly IP, LLP, which has been very successful and has won several awards for trademark litigation, prosecution, and counseling.

Stephanie is currently the chairman of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Trademark Law Committee, where she previously served as the vice chair of that Committee, as well as the chair and vice chair of AIPLA’s Trademark Litigation Committee. She has spoken at numerous events, and has written several publications on a wide variety of trademark related issues.

She additionally serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches an advanced course on Trademark Practice and Procedure for many years.

Which such an active lifestyle, Stephanie is a powerful locomotive that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She is leading by example and is living proof of just how far hard work, persistence, and perseverance can bring you. Thank you, Stephanie Bald for what you have done, are doing, and will continue to do not just for the intellectual property community but for women aspiring to enter the IP world. EverydayIP salutes you.