Russ specializes in trademark and technology law, including strategic trademark and copyright counseling, internet policy, unfair competition, domain name strategy and disputes, trademark prosecution and maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He received his AB in Psychology from Stanford University and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Russ has been an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years with 14 years of in-house experience at global technology leaders Microsoft and Intel. Russ served as the global head of trademarks at Microsoft, where he led a team of experienced trademark professionals in the strategic counseling of Microsoft’s global businesses on all aspects of trademarks and internet policy development. Russ also served as the manager of Microsoft’s Copyright and Trade Secret group. Prior to Microsoft, Russ was a senior trademark attorney at Intel Corporation, where he managed a team responsible for the global policing of the Intel corporate brand. He also previously worked in private practice at a boutique IP law firm in Southern California. Russ is a frequent speaker at various IP association and CLE events and is the Co-Founder of the annual McCarthy Institute - Microsoft Symposium, “Trademark Law and Its Challenges.”
Russell Pangborn is admitted to the Washington State Bar, the California State Bar, the U.S. District Court-Central District of California, and the U.S. District Court-Northern District of California. He is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA), having served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for INTA and as a member of INTA’s Executive Committee. He previously served in officer ranks with the organization through Vice President, and has served on numerous committees. Russ is also active with ICANN. He has served as a member on the Intellectual Property Constituency and was a founding member of the Brand Registry Group. He also participated on the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN.