Monica Talley's headshot The Managing IP Americas Awards named Monica the 2022 U.S. National Practitioner of the Year for Trademark Prosecution.

Monica Riva Talley

Director

mtalley@sternekessler.com
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Overview

Monica Talley is a director and heads Sterne Kessler’s Trademark & Brand Protection Practice. For more than 25 years she has specialized in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio enhancement, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and resolving trademark disputes. Monica is particularly sought after for her expertise in enforcing brand rights against infringers and counterfeiters seeking to profit from her clients’ well-known brands. In addition to managing her robust practice, she has worked as an adjunct professor teaching trademark law at The George Washington University Law School.

Ranked as one of the leading trademark prosecution and strategy attorneys in Washington, DC, Monica is noted for her global brand protection and commercialization strategies. She has been consecutively ranked in the prestigious World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR1000) since 2012.  In 2024, the editors report, “Monica is a true subject-matter expert and a trusted business partner to numerous household-name brands” and she is “quick to get to the key strategic points and dispense succinct advice.” The 2022 edition includes, “Monica is lauded as someone who “protects clients’ brands like they’re her own and is brilliant on strategy and communication” she “runs an impressive team that can handle a large workflow without ever letting matters drop.”  Notably, Monica was named the U.S. National Practitioner of the Year for Trademark Prosecution at the 2022 Managing IP Americas Awards, and the publication has named her an “IP Star” since 2013 in addition to recognizing her as one of the magazine’s “Top 250 Women in IP.” Further, Monica has been ranked among the “leading IP practitioners in the world” by the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) and was among the elite attorneys included in the 2022 “WIPR Leaders” publication.

Monica is also well-versed in prosecuting and defending opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She handles a wide range of Internet trademark and domain name disputes; files arbitration complaints under ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy; negotiates resolutions to disputes; drafts advantageous settlement and coexistence agreements; and is skilled at negotiating and drafting license agreements. Sterne Kessler is an Official Agent for the Trademark Clearinghouse, and Monica assists brand owners with navigating the changing landscape of ICANN’s evolving gTLD system.

Having worked in advertising and marketing prior to her entry into the field of law, Monica is particularly known for providing clients with creative and practical solutions that work within both business and legal parameters. In addition to being sought after for her business acumen, Monica is well-known for her ability to foster strong, mutually rewarding client relationships. In recognition of her excellent client service and the quality of her work, Monica received the Lexology Client Choice Award in the Intellectual Property: Trademarks category within the District of Columbia in 2021 and 2022.

Monica serves a broad base of international clients in the consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, manufacturing, telecom, music, biotechnology, information technology, media, and entertainment fields. She also represents numerous associations and non-profits, and works with clients in registering and enforcing certification marks.

Monica frequently speaks and writes on trademark issues to a variety of public and private audiences. She has been active for many years in leading intellectual property organizations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO). She is the Vice Chair of IPO’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee and Co-Chair of AIPLA’s Cannabis Tech Subcommittee, serves on INTA’s Brands and Innovation Committee, and served as an editor for The Trademark Reporter for four years. Monica has penned extensive content for Sterne Kessler’s well-read “MarkIt to Market” newsletter and other leading publications. She authored the trademark chapter of the Thomson Reuters Westlaw book, Patent Office Litigation — Second Edition, and JD Supra recognized her with a “Reader’s Choice Award,” for excellence in writing and thought leadership in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

While attending law school at George Mason University School of Law, Monica worked as a trademark attorney assistant at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She earned her B.S.B.A. in marketing and management from the University of Richmond.

Accolades

  • World Trademark Review 1000, “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” (2023 – 2012)
  • WIPR Insights USA Trademarks, “Non-Contentious – Recommended” (2023)
  • Lexology, “Client Choice Award for IP – Trademarks – United States: District of Columbia” (2023 – 2021)
  • Managing IP Americas Awards, “National Trademark Prosecution Practitioner of the Year” (2022)
  • Managing IP, “Top 250 Women in IP” (2022, 2020 – 2013)
  • Managing IP, “IP Star” (2024 – 2013)
  • Who’s Who Legal, “IP – Trademarks” (2023 – 2021, 2019)
  • World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), “WIPR Leaders” (2023 – 2022, 2020 – 2017)
  • Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer – Washington DC” (2024 – 2019)
  • JD Supra, “Reader’s Choice Award” (2024, 2022 – 2017)
  • Managing IP Americas Awards, “Nominee – National Trademark Practitioner of the Year”  (2021)
  • Lawyer Monthly, “Women in Law Award – Trademarks Category” (2020, 2018 – 2015)
  • The National Law Review, “Go-To Thought Leader” (2018)
  • Euromoney Expert Guides, “Trade Mark Guide” (2018 – 2016)
  • Burton Award, “Excellence in Legal Writing” (2005)

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Dean's Scholar
  • B.S.B.A., Marketing and Management, University of Richmond

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia

Events

Speaking Engagement 2024 Trademark Administrators & Practitioners (TMAP) Meeting Philadelphia, PA, September 23, 2024
Webinar Trademark Trends: A Mid-Year Review July 17, 2024
Speaking Engagement AIPLA 2024 Trademark Boot Camp Virtual, June 24, 2024
Speaking Engagement Developing a Filing Strategy Arlington, VA, June 15, 2023
Speaking Engagement Happy Birthday to You (AIPLA) - Year in Review [Trademarks] National Harbor, MD, October 29, 2022
Speaking Engagement Industry Review 2021: Retail and Consumer Goods Virtual, December 14, 2021
Webinar Enhancing Brand Value Through Strategic Use of IP Virtual, December 2, 2021
Speaking Engagement Developing a Filing Strategy Virtual, August 30, 2021
Speaking Engagement Anti-Counterfeiting Panel Virtual, April 20, 2021
Speaking Engagement The ROI of Brand Protection Efforts Virtual, March 16, 2021
Speaking Engagement WIN 2021 Action Plan: Because Hope is a girl’s name, not a strategy Virtual, February 9, 2021
Speaking Engagement Trademark Challenges and Opportunities in Household and Consumer Goods Virtual, October 14, 2020
Speaking Engagement Trademark Challenges and Opportunities in Technology Virtual, October 6, 2020
Speaking Engagement Trademark Strategy: Fighting Knock-offs, Counterfeits & Brand Abuse Virtual, September 16, 2020
Speaking Engagement Global Trademark Forum 2020 New York, NY, March 10, 2020
Speaking Engagement 2019 IEEE Global Blockchain Summit Gaithersburg, MD, September 18, 2019
Speaking Engagement MIP Innovation & Litigation Summit 2019 San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2019
Speaking Engagement 2019 AIPLA Trademark Boot Camp Alexandria, VA, June 6, 2019
Speaking Engagement 2019 Global IP Strategy Conference Washington, DC, March 15, 2019
Speaking Engagement Brand Protection Online Chicago, IL, March 5, 2019
Speaking Engagement 2018 IEEE Global Blockchain Summit Gaithersburg, MD, September 17, 2018
Speaking Engagement 3rd Annual Blockchain Conference Washington, D.C., July 26, 2018
10th Annual AIPLA Trademark Boot Camp Arlington, VA, June 7, 2018
Speaking Engagement 2017 IPO Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA, September 17, 2017
Speaking Engagement AIPLA 2017 Trademark Boot Camp Arlington, VA, June 8, 2017
INTA Annual Meeting May 3, 2015
Intellectual Property 101 April 25, 2013

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Press Release Eighteen Sterne Kessler Attorneys Recognized as 2024 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox April 25, 2024
Firm Announcements Sterne Kessler Secures Notable Trademark Win for BTL Industries Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox February 16, 2024
Press Release Monica Riva Talley Earns Lexology Client Choice Award for Third Consecutive Year Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox November 29, 2023
Press Release Six Sterne Kessler Directors Ranked in Who’s Who Legal: IP 2023 Global Guide Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox August 11, 2023
In the News Volkswagen Alleges Cyberpiracy Over Similar Web Domain Names Bloomberg Law June 30, 2023
Press Release Sterne Kessler and Directors Talley, Durkin, and Nowak Recognized in 2023 WTR 1000 Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox February 7, 2023
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Press Release Director Monica Riva Talley Wins Lexology Client Choice Award for Second Consecutive Year Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox November 15, 2022
In the News How Brands and Retailers Avoid Trademark Tensions: In-House Managing IP August 11, 2022
Firm Announcements Sterne Kessler Raises Over $34,000 for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox August 8, 2022
Press Release Five Sterne Kessler Directors Named in 2022 Who’s Who Legal Guides Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox July 26, 2022
Firm Announcements Sterne Kessler and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Host Sixth Annual Small Business Clinic Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox June 9, 2022
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Press Release Managing IP Names Director Monica Riva Talley Among the “Top 250 Women in IP” Globally Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox June 1, 2022
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