Sandra Edelman is a partner and former head of the firm's Trademark, Copyright, Advertising and Brand Management group. Her practice involves counseling, litigation and mediation in the areas of trademark and unfair competition, copyright and false advertising law, as well as extensive experience in brand name clearance, advertising claims review and licensing issues.
She acts as lead counsel in a wide variety of trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has been the mediator in more than 25 intellectual property cases. She manages and supervises several international trademark registration portfolios and advises clients in a variety of industries, including alcoholic beverages; pharmaceuticals, nutritionals and cosmetics; publishing, banking and information services.
Sandra was previously Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee from 2002 through 2005. In 2004-2005, she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Trademark Reporter, the leading journal of trademark law published by the International Trademark Association.
Dozens of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
In re Network Associates Technology, Inc. (T.T.A.B. 2005) (unpublished) (successful appeal of a refusal to register the mark VIRUSSCAN on the grounds of genericness and descriptiveness)
Design Options v. BellePointe, 940 F. Supp. 86 (S.D.N.Y. 1996) (lead trial counsel for plaintiff in copyright infringement case involving sweater designs; $180,000 in damages awarded)
Jaguar Cars v. Skandrani, 711 F. Supp. 1178 (S.D. Fla. 1991) (lead trial counsel for plaintiff in trademark and trade dress infringement action involving Jaguar name and "Leaping Jaguar" logo; injunction entered)
E.I. du Pont v. Sunlyra (unpublished) (lead counsel for opposer in trademark opposition proceeding in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board involving the LYCRA trademark; opposition to registration of LYRA trademark sustained)
Brand Name Clearance - Advises clients on availability, registrability and litigation risks associated with adoption of brands and slogans
Advertising Claims Review - Evaluates proposed advertising and promotional material for claims substantiation requirements and risks of false advertising claims
Publishing Issues - Counseling on authorship and plagiarism disputes
Development of licensing template to permit internet access to an archive of scientific publications and conference proceedings
Acquisition of Playtex Apparel Co. by Sara Lee Corp. (all trademark aspects of corporate acquisition)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
Ranked "Leading Individual" in Trademark & Copyright Law (New York) by Chambers USA, 2009; mentioned in Trademark & Copyright Law (New York) "Leading Firm" Profile by Chambers USA, 2008
Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2010
New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2010
Ranked by her peers among the Top 20 Experts' Experts in the U.S., World Trademark Review, 2007
George Washington University Law School
J.D., 1981, With honors, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, George Washington Law Review
B.A., 1978, With distinction
Mike Keyes is a partner with a national litigation and trial practice where he represents a wide array of
firm clients in cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, and false advertising.
Mr. Keyes has litigated numerous cases throughout the country including in the U.S. District Courts of
California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, New York,
Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
Recently, Mr. Keyes was trial counsel for Kraft Foods in a highly-publicized false advertising case that
was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and also covered by the likes of The Chicago Tribune
and The New York Times. Mr. Keyes was also trial counsel for Abercrombie & Fitch in a high-profile
case in California federal court brought by Levi Strauss & Co. involving claims of unfair competition,
trademark infringement, and dilution. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Abercrombie &
Fitch on all claims. The case was profiled in the Daily Journal—California’s largest legal publication—as
one of the Top 10 “Defense Wins” in California that year.
Mr. Keyes’ intellectual property clients also include the likes of Rovio Entertainment, Ltd (of Angry
Birds® fame), Hall of Fame Major League Slugger George Brett, Helly Hansen, The North Face, Nestle,
Del Monte Fresh Produce, Novatel Wireless, Esprit, Quest Diagnostics, Red Lion Hotels, and
Cervecería Modelo (the manufacturer of Corona® Beer).
In addition to his trial and counseling experience, Mr. Keyes is also an active member of the copyright
and trademark litigation bar. He is the past chair of the American Bar Association Copyright Litigation
Committee, the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and
the co-editor of, and contributing author to, the forthcoming American Bar Association Copyright
Litigation Deskbook. He is frequently invited to present on issues involving copyright and trademark law
at national conferences and was once again one of the lawyer panelists featured at the American Bar
Association’s Spring Intellectual Property Conference in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Keyes is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Gonzaga University where he has taught and lectured on
trademark law, false advertising, and other intellectual property topics. He has published several articles
and papers on intellectual property law including: The Expanded Scope of Declaratory Judgment
Jurisdiction in Trademark Cases After MedImmune v. Genentech, ABA IP Litigation Newsletter, Winter
2008; Musical Musings: The Case For Rethinking Music Copyright Protection (published in the
University of Michigan Technology Law Review), The Law of Copyright Damages (presented at a
conference sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association), and The Annual Review
of Copyright Law Developments (published by the American Bar Association, 2009) (contributing
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mike served as a law clerk for Hon. Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the
Washington State Supreme Court from 1999-2000.
Presenter, Washington State Bar Association IP Institute, “Design and Use of Consumer Surveys in Lanham Act Case--Recent Developments”, Seattle, WA March 2014
Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, “Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era”, San Francisco, CA, July 2013
Presenter, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2013 Spring Meeting, “Use of Non-Patent Literature During Patent Examination—Fair or Infringing?”, Seattle, WA, May 2013
Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, “Understanding Copyright in the Data Era”, San Francisco, CA, July 2012.
Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, University of Chicago, “Copyright Enforcement in the Data Era”, Chicago, IL, June 2012.
Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Spring Conference, “Trollings, Take Downs, and Transfers: An Audiovisual Odyssey Through The World of Copyright,”, Arlington, VA, March 2012.
Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, Understanding Copyright in the Data Era, San Francisco, California July, 2011.
Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, Copyright Litigation, San Francisco, California, July 2010.
Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “Of Courts and Copyists: The Year in Review,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2010.
Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “The Year in Copyright,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2009.
Presenter, American Intellectual Property Law Association, "Recoveries in IP Litigation: Hotspots and Trends in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Damages, Online CLE, April 2009.
CLE Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Spokane, WA, October 2008—Institute featured United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Chief Judge, The Hon. Alex Kozinski
Presenter, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “An Audiovisual Tour Through The Year in Copyright,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2008
Panelist, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2008 Mid-Winter Institute, “A Survey of Licensing Strategies One Year After MedImmune”, Phoenix, AZ, January 2008
Presenter, Washington State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute, “Trademark Law For General Counsel,” Seattle, WA, October 2007
Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “Copyright in the Courts: Issues of First Impression,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2007
CLE Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, March 2007
Presenter, “Copyright Law For The IP Attorney,” Idaho State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Boise, ID, November 2006
CLE Chair, Intellectual Property Developments: Litigation, Machination & Reformation, Washington State Bar Association, Spokane, WA, September 2006
Co-Presenter, “Architecture & Engineering in the Digital Age,” Preston Gates & Ellis, Spokane, WA, April 2006