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Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2015

Author(s): Brian W. Brokate, Kathleen E. McCarthy
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Published: Jan 2015
PLI Item #: 58669
CHB Spine #: G1211

Brian Brokate is head of Gibney’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has extensive experience in the application of intellectual property law, and in investigation and enforcement procedures to combat the infringement and counterfeiting of trademarks and copyrights. Mr. Brokate focuses on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy and handles all stages of civil anti-counterfeiting and infringement litigation.  He also has had extensive involvement in state and federal criminal actions.

In addition to his practice, which also includes commercial litigation, Mr. Brokate is the Treasurer, a Member of the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC). He is also the Treasurer of the New York Task Force (NYTF), a coalition of brand owners affected by counterfeiting. Mr. Brokate is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) where he serves as a Board Member and is on the Anticounterfeiting Committee.

An oft-quoted source for industry pieces on trends in IP law, he has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications and speaks before industry and trade associations on intellectual property law matters.

Primary Areas of Practice:        Trademark, design rights, copyright and false advertising litigation and counseling


Law School/Graduate School:        Columbia University


Work History:        Katie McCarthy is a partner in King & Spalding’s New York office.  Katie is a Columbia University School of Law graduate with 30 years of experience.  Katie stays on top of IP issues through work for clients and as a member of the Board of Directors of the NYIPLA and the Trademark Committee for the New York City Bar, speaking frequently at PLI, and as Editor-in-Chief of INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter.  Katie also assists Siegrun Kane with editing Siegrun’s PLI treatise, Kane on Trademark Law.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys rediscovering all of the patent jokes in “Calvin & Hobbes” while reading the old books with her younger son and trying to teach her aspiring rapper older son about the risks of extensive sampling.


Professional Memberships:        INTA (Editor in Chief The Trademark Reporter®); NYIPLA (Board Member); NYC Bar (Member, Trademark Committee)