Trademark Attorney Resume

Owen Smigelski, Attorney at law

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ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS · Currently serve as IP Constituency and Commercial Stakeholder Group representative on ICANN's Internationalized Registration Data Working Group.
  · Currently serve as member of International Trademark Association (INTA) Internet Committee and Domain Dispute Subcommittee.
  · Invited panelist, "Shielding your Brand and Trademarks from Online Infringement," Consero IP Management & Monetization Forum.
  · Established and managed Sunrider's multiple platform social media presence.
EXPERIENCE 10/2011 - Present IdeaLegal, P.C. Portland, OR
  Contract Attorney
  Provide general intellectual property legal services, including copyright and trademark prosecution, as well as drafting contracts and licenses.
  6/2007 - 7/2011 Sunrider International Los Angeles , CA
  Senior Counsel
  Served as Senior Counsel, overseeing a $2+M annual Intellectual Property budget and providing comprehensive and detailed IP management and analysis in over 80 countries. Maintained full accountability for evaluating, drafting and managing all aspects of IP and Internet legal matters, including prosecution, cancellation/oppositions, and litigation matters. Educated and updated staff members and provided status reports regarding a broad range of intellectual property matters in various stages of completion. Drafted and negotiated various contracts, licenses, CDAs, and terms & conditions. Reviewed all advertising and marketing materials.
· Established and managed Sunrider's multiple platform online social media presence.
· Led IP team to favorably resolve international trademark and trade secret litigation by providing computer forensics and trademark expertise.
  3/2005 - 4/2006 Skousen Law Los Angeles, CA
  Associate Attorney
  Executed effective pre-trial, arbitration, mediation and trial strategies to manage cases and settlement negotiations for Intellectual Property, Business Law, and General Litigation matters. Collaborated closely with corporate clients to set expectations and achieve client objectives for both State and Federal Court matters. Completed a diverse range of legal work, including drafting motions, preparing discovery, conducting depositions, and attending hearings.
· Increased firm revenue by 10% through new clients generated from self-initiated and self-managed firm Internet marketing strategies.
  3/2005 - 4/2006 Achtel Law Firm San Diego, CA
  Associate Attorney
  Partnered closely with founding attorney to rapidly grow the firm, with an emphasis on Business Formation, Business Litigation, Estate Planning, and Intellectual Property matters. Developed strong case management and litigation skills by evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, defending and conducting depositions, preparing discovery, drafting briefs, and resolving cases through settlement, mediation, arbitration, and judicial hearings.
· Created and implemented effective online and networking strategies, which produced dozens of new clients for firm.
  9/2001 - 3/2005 David R. Preston & Associates San Diego, CA
  Associate Attorney
  Participated in a broad range of IP cases, with an emphasis in trademark search and clearance, trademark prosecution, trademark cancellations and oppositions, patent applications and prosecution (including SMS, biotech chips, online media distribution, and computer software). Performed extensive research and analysis and authored a broad range of licensing, non-disclosure, and related IP agreements.
  5/2000 - 6/2002 Communication Savings, Inc. San Diego, CA
  Startup Core Team Member
  Essential member of startup team for Internet startup in communications industry, directly involved in all aspects of corporate development and growth. Responsible for vendor contract negotiations, including training and supervising 4 negotiators for over 300 vendor contracts. Also responsible for building and maintenance of all Internet servers (software and hardware).
EDUCATION 5/2001 University of San Diego School of Law San Diego, CA
  Juris Doctor


· San Diego International Law Journal (through write-on competition), 2000-2001

· International Business Internship, Paris, France, July 1999

· Institute of International and Comparative Law, Barcelona, Spain, June 1999

· Pro Bono Legal Advocates Mediator, Fall 2000

· Michael Thorsnes Closing Argument Competition, 1999

· Student Bar Association Social Chair, 1999-2001

· Member & President, Surf Law Society, 1998-2001

· Member & Fund Raising Chair, International Law Society, 1998-2000

  5/1997 State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY
  Bachelor's Degree

B. A. Political Science, French and Economics Minors, May 1997

· Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society, 1996

· Paper "Belgian Nationalism" published in Geneseo political science publication, 1996

· Paper "The First World War as Seen by Guillaume Apollinaire" (in French) presented at Geneseo Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, 1995

  6/1992 Lycée St. Pierre Lille, France
  Recipient of Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship, 1992-1993
PRESENTATIONS · "Shielding your Brand and Trademarks from Online Infringement" - Consero IP Management & Monetization Forum, Snowbird, UT, 2011
  · "Finding Hidden Information on the Internet" - International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2009
MEMBERSHIP California State Bar Association
LANGUAGES Fluent in legal and technological French
Knowledge of Spanish and German
COMPUTER SKILLS Extensive knowledge and passion of computer software, hardware, networks, and the Internet

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