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Rita Weeks specializes in intellectual property litigation, brand protection, and copyright counseling. Rita has served as lead counsel or second chair in dozens of trademark, trade dress, copyright, unfair competition, and licensor/licensee disputes. Complementing her nationwide federal district court litigation practice, Rita regularly litigates trademark oppositions and cancellations before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Rita has developed particular experience protecting the brands and creative works of leading companies in the wine and spirits, fashion, food and beverage, hospitality, technology and software, toy and games, and financial industries.
Previously, Rita was a Partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice of an Am Law 50 firm in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice of another Am Law 50 firm in New York City. Additionally, Ms. Weeks also possesses in-house experience as intellectual property and social media counsel at the New York City headquarters of a Fortune 50 global financial services firm (Citigroup Inc.), and with a Big Six movie studio in Los Angeles (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation). During her LL.M. studies, Ms. Weeks worked on deceptive advertising and consumer protection matters, and antitrust review of proposed mergers and acquisitions, at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Rita frequently writes on intellectual property issues, and has also authored practice guides in trademark and copyright litigation. She is an editor of The Trademark Reporter, the world's only scholarly journal dedicated solely to trademark law and related topics, published by the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Ms. Weeks has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.
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New York University School of Law LL.M. Intellectual Property Law
Boston University School of Law J.D. Intellectual Property Concentration, with honors
University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. Political Science
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
International Trademark Association (INTA)
The Trademark Reporter, Editor and Committee Member (2020-2022)
The Trademark Reporter, Editor and Committee Member (2018-2020)
The Trademark Reporter, Editor and Committee Member (2014-2016)
INTA Bulletins Committee, Committee Member (2022-2023)
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