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Allison Rapp practices intellectual property law in the areas of litigation, transactions, rights-acquisition and rights-management. She brings to her legal practice a depth and range of experience that enables her to offer sound advice and representation throughout the life cycle of an intellectual property and a creative, out-of-the-box approach to implementing new ventures and resolving disputes.
In her litigation and disputes practice, Ms. Rapp represents clients in Federal court and before administrative tribunals in cases involving the infringement of copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and publicity rights; in false advertising and domain name disputes; and in opposition, cancellation and appeals proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office. She also represents clients in appellate and rulemaking proceedings before the United States Copyright Office. She has a wide variety of experience in complex civil procedural issues.
Ms. Rapp has extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of copyright and trademark law, including the identification and protection of authorship; strategic branding and trademark portfolio development; trademark due diligence; the existence of infringement; and the protection and exploitation of trade dress, trade secrets, business ideas and commercial aspects of personal identity. She manages the prosecution of trademark applications in the U.S. and abroad and has negotiated numerous licenses, coexistence agreements and other agreements for the acquisition or exploitation of intellectual property. She has particular expertise in the protection of non-traditional intellectual properties and the interplay between intellectual property rights and the First Amendment. Ms. Rapp enjoys helping clients evaluate options for structuring new ventures in both for-profit and nonprofit contexts.
Prior to joining Lutzker & Lutzker, Ms. Rapp worked in media and marketing with Sony Music Entertainment. She credits that experience with enhancing her grasp of clients’ business objectives, which she believes should always inform legal strategy.