Overview

Melissa Capotosto focuses her practice on global trademark portfolio management, including clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and counseling. Melissa works with clients to strategically develop and expand their brands in the United States and internationally. She has extensive experience with global clearance and filings programs and has managed trademark filings in 175 countries globally. Melissa engages with foreign counsel to work through complex prosecution issues and has successfully resolved hundreds of international and cross-jurisdictional disputes. Melissa has also represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings.

Melissa was recognized in 2022 and 2023 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Intellectual Property Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. She was awarded the 2018 President’s Award for her active involvement on the Board of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. Melissa received the 2022 "Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year" Award in Georgia from International Advisory Experts.

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Experience

Represents Delta Air Lines, Inc. in connection with clearance and enforcement for its global trademark portfolio.

Manages the international and domestic trademark portfolio and provides brand strategy and counseling services for a world famous social media company.

Provides global dispute management, domestic trademark portfolio management, brand strategy, and counseling services to a Fortune 100 multinational media and entertainment corporation.

Represents one of the largest U.S. furniture retailers in connection with managing its international and domestic trademark portfolio.

Represented a Fortune 500 travel and accommodations corporation in trademark clearance and foreign and domestic trademark prosecution.

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Education

Emory University School of Law J.D. (2013) with honors, Dean's List

University of Maryland B.A. (2010) Broadcast Journalism, cum laude

University of Maryland B.A. (2010) Government and Politics

Admissions

Georgia (2013)

Professional & Community Activities

Atlanta IP Inn of Court, Member

International Trademark Association (INTA)
   Building Bridges Committee, Member (2022-2023)
   Lefkowitz Committee, Member (2022-2023)

Georgia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Trademark Committee, Member

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Member; Board Member

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