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Allison (Allie) Roach focuses her practice on copyright and trademark issues, including clearance, registration, licensing, and enforcement. She has experience litigating copyright cases in federal court on behalf of media and entertainment companies as well as clients in higher education, including defending the university libraries and their collaborative work involving millions of digitized books in a copyright infringement suit filed by the Authors Guild.

Allie also advises clients in a variety of industries--including banking, luxury consumer goods, and flooring and building products--in trademark prosecution and international portfolio strategy, and she manages domestic and international trademark disputes, including representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Her years of experience in trademark enforcement, litigation, and dispute resolution inform Allie’s practical and solution-oriented approach to trademark clearance and prosecution strategy, as she works with her clients to find the best strategic path forward while managing risk, taking into account market realities and business concerns.

Allie has been recognized in 2020 and the six years immediately preceding as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Represents a California-based Fortune 500 multinational corporation that designs and manufactures consumer electronics and computer software products in trademark enforcement work, including lead counsel representation of client in multiple proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Represents Interface, Inc., the largest carpet tile manufacturer worldwide, on matters involving trademark clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, and enforcement.

Represented the university library defendants in a copyright suit brought by The Authors Guild and other plaintiffs against the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collaboration of more than 60 colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions offering a collection of millions of digitized books for the limited purposes of search, preservation, and access for the print disabled. Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, 902 F. Supp. 2d 445 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff'd in relevant part 755 F.3d 87 (2d Cir. 2014).

Represented Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., actor/writer Adam Sandler and writer Judd Apatow, et al., in a copyright, trademark and unfair competition suit in federal court in New York. The firm successfully obtained summary judgment of copyright and trademark rights on behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., rejecting claims of film and advertising infringements and lighting the way for the movie You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to our client. Cabell v. Sony Pictures Entm’t, Inc., 714 F. Supp. 2d 452 (S.D.N.Y. 2010), aff’d 425 Fed. Appx. 42 (2d Cir. 2011).

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Education

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2008) cum laude

University of Georgia, A.B., English and Studio Art (2005) summa cum laude

Admissions

Georgia (2008)

Court Admissions

Georgia Supreme Court (2009)

Georgia Court of Appeals (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2009)

Professional & Community Activities

Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Trustee (2017-2019), Southeast Chapter Co-Chair (2015-2019)

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member (2013-2019)

Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Executive Articles Editor (2007-2008)

University of Georgia School of Law Class of 2008, President (2006-2008)

University of Georgia School of Law 2008 Legacy Class Gift Campaign, Co-Chairman (2007-2008)

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