Tywanda Harris Lord specializes in trademark and advertising counseling and litigation. She represents brand owners across a broad spectrum of industries including sports and intimate apparel, consumer products, and hospitality. Early in her career, Ms. Lord devoted part of her practice to prosecuting and litigating patents and, for a brief period, served as an assistant district attorney. She also served as interim in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 consumer products company.
Ms. Lord leverages her diverse background to advance her clients’ business objectives. She regularly partners with clients to develop practical and creative solutions to legal issues. Her approach to litigation has led to excellent results for clients in federal courts across the United States and in cancellation and opposition proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Lord also proactively advises clients on a variety of issues to minimize the risk of disputes while maximizing the visibility of clients’ brand, including trademark clearance and portfolio management and managing social media advertising campaigns and the intellectual property and right of publicity issues that accompany them. Ms. Lord currently serves as the Deputy Chair of her firm’s Diversity Council and a member of the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Steering Committee.
Ms. Lord was listed in the 2019 and the four immediately preceding editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. She was recommended in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Legal 500 US for Non-Contentious Trademark Law. Ms. Lord was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 and the three years immediately preceding for Intellectual Property Litigation and Food and Beverage Law. She was recognized in 2018 and the three years prior as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” and in 2013 as a Georgia “Rising Star” in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Lord was named as one of Georgia Trend’s 2018 “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property Law. In 2013, she was named one of Georgia’s Attorneys “On the Rise” by the Daily Report.
- The firm represented a multinational Fortune 100 mail, package, and freight delivery corporation in a trademark infringement matter. The plaintiff claims that our client infringed its trademark when it launched an application under a similar designation. The application allows online sellers to import order data and print shipping labels to ship orders.
- Serves as outside intellectual property counsel for international apparel retailer and wholesaler for over 75 years in connection with U.S. and international trademark portfolio management, trademark, patent, copyright and advertising advice, licensing and a broad range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and advertising matters.
- Represents a global consumer products company and the owner of some of the most recognized brands for T-shirts, underwear, hosiery and activewear and routinely advises the client on advertising related issues that include reviewing advertising copy, securing rights from models, photographers and musicians, drafting and negotiating agreements for celebrity spokespersons, product placement in motion pictures, and event sponsorships.
- The firm served as lead counsel for Genesco Inc. in defense of patent infringement allegations relating to an orthotic device. Plaintiffs asserted a multi-count complaint involving patent, trade secret, conversion, and unjust enrichment theories concerning shoe insert technology. We successfully secured and defended on appeal a summary judgment of non-infringement. Schoenhaus v. Genesco, Inc., 351 F. Supp.2d 320 (E.D. Pa. 2005), aff’d 440 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2006).
- Wake Forest University, J.D. (1999)
- Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Engineering (1996)
- Georgia (2004)
- North Carolina (1999)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2000)
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