For more than 30 years, Nancy Rubner Frandsen has guided clients not only through the core areas of trademark and copyright strategic counseling and portfolio management, but also through the more complex areas of the practice, including enforcement before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Nancy’s in-depth knowledge of her clients’ businesses, from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations, enables her to support and advance their unique objectives and goals. This has led Nancy to be ranked for more than 10 years by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Law, where she has been described as “‘tough, experienced leader” (Chambers USA 2015).
Nancy is an adjunct professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches trademark practice.
She is the co-author of What the General Practitioner Should Know About Trademarks and Copyrights (6th ed.), published by ALI-ABA. Nancy is the course planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual IP Institute, a two-day seminar on the hottest topics in IP law, which she has planned and co-chaired since its inception in 2007.
- Represented a longtime client in trade dress litigation involving playground equipment. Defeated two motions to dismiss, which ultimately led to a settlement in favor of the client.
- Represented a publisher in a copyright infringement claim. After our client prevailed at trial on all liability issues, the district court awarded statutory damages and attorney’s fees to the client.
- Manages worldwide trademark portfolios for multiple clients, with attendant counseling related thereto.
- Responsible for international enforcement of client trademarks through use of cease and desist letters, domain name disputes, mediation and litigation.
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
- International Trademark Association, Unreal Committee
- Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
- Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Singing City (a non-profit organization founded in 1948, whose mission is to be an artistic, social and spiritual force, bringing people together through music)
- J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1986, cum laude
- B.A., Ohio University, 1975
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
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