Rosemarie Tofano heads the firm’s International Trademark Department. With over 20 years of experience in the Intellectual Property field, Ms. Tofano counsels clients through all aspects of developing and maintaining their international trademark portfolios. Ms. Tofano not only advises clients on the searching and availability of international trademarks, but also on strategies for growing and protecting their brands worldwide. Ms. Tofano also oversees the enforcement of international trademark rights for the firm’s clients, through opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as, court actions in over 200 trademark juris-dictions. As head of the International Trademark Department, Ms. Tofano also counsels clients on trademark title and security interest issues, Custom matters and domain name registration conflicts and strategies.
In addition to international trademarks, Ms. Tofano’s practice areas also include U.S. Copyright law, international domain name disputes and international Customs surveillance and enforcement.
Prior to embarking on a legal career, Ms. Tofano worked at ITT Corporation for six years, holding the position of Pension Specialist, while completing her under-graduate degree at Fordham University. Having worked for a corporate giant such as ITT, gave Ms. Tofano a first-hand look into the inner workings of the corporate world. This experience proved to be invaluable to Ms. Tofano and her practice; particularly, with regard to liaising with many of the firm’s corporate clients and managing their extensive international trademark portfolios.
After graduating from Fordham with honors, Ms. Tofano continued to work full time while pursuing her Law degree at Pace University. It was during this time, that she worked as a Associate in a boutique firm in White Plains, where she was introduced to the field of intellectual property law. Over twenty years later, she has become a recognized authority on the ever-changing intellectual property laws throughout the world and the protection of client rights in a global market.
Fordham University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS
“How Not to Incorporate”
“Global Colorblindness to Trademarks is Dying,” The National Law Journal