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Ty Lord specializes in trademark and advertising counseling and litigation. She represents brand owners across a broad spectrum of industries including sports and intimate apparel, consumer products, and hospitality. Early in her career, Ms. Lord devoted part of her practice to prosecuting and litigating patents and, for a brief period, served as an assistant district attorney. She also served as interim in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 consumer products company. Ms. Lord leverages her diverse background to advance her clients’ business objectives. She regularly partners with clients to develop practical and creative solutions to legal issues. Her approach to litigation has led to excellent results for clients in federal courts across the United States and in cancellation and opposition proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Lord also proactively advises clients on a variety of issues to minimize the risk of disputes while maximizing the visibility of clients’ brand, including trademark clearance and portfolio management and managing social media advertising campaigns and the intellectual property and right of publicity issues that accompany them. Ms. Lord currently serves as the Deputy Chair of her firm’s Diversity Council and a member of the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Steering Committee.

Ms. Lord was listed in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. She was recommended in 2016 by Legal 500 US for Non-Contentious Trademark Law. Ms. Lord was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 and the three years immediately preceding for Intellectual Property Litigation and Food and Beverage Law. She was recognized in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" and in 2013 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2013, Ms. Lord was named one of Georgia's Attorneys "On the Rise" by the Daily Report.

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The firm represented a multinational Fortune 100 mail, package, and freight delivery corporation in a trademark infringement matter. The plaintiff claims that our client infringed its trademark when it launched an application under a similar designation. The application allows online sellers to import order data and print shipping labels to ship orders.

Serves as outside intellectual property counsel for international apparel retailer and wholesaler for over 75 years in connection with U.S. and international trademark portfolio management, trademark, patent, copyright and advertising advice, licensing and a broad range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and advertising matters.

Represents a global consumer products company and the owner of some of the most recognized brands for T-shirts, underwear, hosiery and activewear and routinely advises the client on advertising related issues that include reviewing advertising copy, securing rights from models, photographers and musicians, drafting and negotiating agreements for celebrity spokespersons, product placement in motion pictures, and event sponsorships.

The firm served as lead counsel for Genesco Inc. in defense of patent infringement allegations relating to an orthotic device. Plaintiffs asserted a multi-count complaint involving patent, trade secret, conversion, and unjust enrichment theories concerning shoe insert technology. We successfully secured and defended on appeal a summary judgment of non-infringement. Schoenhaus v. Genesco, Inc., 351 F. Supp.2d 320 (E.D. Pa. 2005), aff’d 440 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2006).

Represented American Eagle Outfitters in asserting its trademarks and advertising motif relative to advertising and sale of AMERICAN EAGLE footwear by Payless. The firm obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting objectionable practices and requiring a prominent disclaimer of any affiliation with American Eagle Outfitters. Ultimately, the case was favorably settled. American Eagle Outfitters v. Payless Shoe Source, Inc., No. 071675 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 10, 2008).

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Education

Wake Forest University, J.D. (1999)

Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Engineering (1996)

Admissions

Georgia (2004)

North Carolina (1999)

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2000)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Annual Review Board, Member

Georgia First Amendment Foundation, Board of Directors, Member

Georgia Justice Project, Board of Directors, Member

Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2015, Member

State Bar of Georgia, Investigative Panel Member

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