Donna A. Tobin co-chairs the Trademark & Brand Management Group and is a member of the Litigation Group. An Internationally recognized IP practitioner, Ms. Tobin was recently included in World Trademark Review’s list of The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2017 & 2018). She also regularly appears in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers lists of the top IP lawyers.
Ms. Tobin represents established and emerging companies worldwide in a variety of consumer products and services industries -- including fashion, jewelry, specialty foods, beverages, and home furnishings. She also represents well-known media, entertainment and sports entities.
A trusted advisor for more than 30 years, Ms. Tobin regularly counsels clients of all sizes on business strategy, and on how best to obtain, protect, enforce and monetize their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents. Ms. Tobin advises on complex areas of trademark and related laws, including in the areas of geographical indications, trade dress and designs. She promptly renders trademark search and clearance opinions, effectively counsels on trademark portfolio management and monetization, and successfully handles oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has an extensive intellectual property licensing practice, and advises clients on international as well as domestic filing strategies. Ms. Tobin is an experienced IP litigator, helping her clients enforce their rights and defend against unfounded infringement allegations. All of her clients benefit from her deep knowledge of their industries and responsiveness to their concerns.
In January 2018, Ms. Tobin was appointed to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property regarding the trademark operations of the U.S. Trademark Office. She also is an active member of the International Trademark Association, the Federal Bar Council, Intellectual Property Section, and the New York State Bar Association, Section on Women in IP.
Ms. Tobin is a board member of Nomi Network, a group providing support for survivors of human trafficking, and a legal advisor to Women Across Frontiers, a magazine focusing on gender equality.
She is admitted to practice in New York State Courts; in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.