Robert J. Kenney
|Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP
Suite 100 East
8110 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Robert Kenney, with more than 25 years’ experience in trademark prosecution and counseling, helps his clients create and protect their trademarks, build their brands, and make those trademarks and brands profitable. This deep experience allows for efficiency in his practice, helping his clients avoid litigation and offering higher value than many larger firms can provide.
Mr. Kenney is skilled in all aspects of trademark practice, including portfolio management, client counseling, anti-counterfeiting counseling, prosecution, inter partes matters, and litigation of unfair competition, patent, and copyright matters. His clients include multinational companies, as well as individuals and smaller businesses in consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, apparel, home goods, travel service, and automotive parts.
He is a seasoned educator in trademark law for audiences at all levels, and coordinates BSKB's annual, week-long U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar with participants from around the globe. Mr. Kenney lectures extensively throughout the world on U.S. trademark practice as well as intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution in United States courts and the International Trade Commission. He finds that teaching on new developments in trademark law has contributed to successes in his legal practice.
- 1987, Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- 1988, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 1989
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1984)
- George Mason University (J.D., 1987)
- American Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- European Community Trademark Association (ECTA)
- Marques European Brand Owners Association.
ARTICLES & PRESENTATIONS
- How the Supreme Court Should Rule in Yums v. Nike, Law360, December 5, 2012
Trademark Strategy to Meet the Challenges of the Internet and Social Media, Recent Trends in Trademark Protection, 2012 edition
- Trademark Owners Face Fresh Battles in the U.S., World Intellectual Property Review e-Digest 2012
- Trademark Rights Trump Aesthetics, World Intellectual Property Review, November/December 2011
- Developments in Keyword Advertising, World Intellectual Property Review, May/June 2011
- Litigation Pitfalls in EU Trademark Registration, Executive Counsel, April/May 2011
- Proving Fraud 'to the Hilt', World Intellectual Property Review, January/February 2011
- Google Adwords Wins and Expands, World Intellectual Property Review, September/October 2010
- Planning for Fakes, World Intellectual Property Review, July/August 2010
- Infringement Theories in the Online Marketplace, World Intellectual Property Review, May/June 2010
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & RECOGNITIONS
- Defended a toy manufacturer against claims of trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement in a trial that resulted in findings of non-infringement on all claims.
- In a case before the International Trade Commission for patent infringement, obtained for client the only dismissal of the 10 defendants. Avoiding the significant cost of this litigation to his client’s business.
- Obtained default judgment for violation of the settlement agreement, to client’s great satisfaction, when, after a settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the opposing party violated the agreement.