Ann M. Mace is a counsel in the Intellectual Property Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Her current practice includes litigating trademark and copyright matters. In addition, Ann counsels clients on copyright and technology issues, including publishing agreements, rights relating to digitizing copyrighted works, and issues relating to the protection of trademarks.
Ann’s trademark practice includes trademark infringement cases in federal court and extensive work before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ann has pursued and defended oppositions to the registrations of trademarks and represented a telecommunications client in a cutting-edge trademark matter relating to the registration of a sound as a trademark.
Ann's copyright practice includes representing television broadcasters in litigation relating to cable and satellite copyright royalties.
Ann also actively participates in pro bono work, including work for the American Civil Liberties Union and representing tenants in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of the District of Columbia Courts.
- Represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in both opposing pending or granted trademark applications and defending clients against oppositions to their applications, including:
- Settlements in Durez Corporation’s Favor in Trademark Disputes
Filed two cancellations proceedings against companies using trademarks identical or similar to client’s trademark and settled the cases before incurring costly expense of taking cases through trial.
- Procured Successful Survey for Trade Association Client, Resulting in Settlement
Represented a trade association in a rival group’s attempt to register a similar name as a trademark. After hiring an expert to complete a consumer survey, which established a likelihood of confusion between the client’s existing name and rival group’s new name, the opposition was settled on favorable terms for Crowell’s client.
- Achieved Registration of Sound as a Trademark for Telecommunications Company
Defended client against oppositions brought by two separate entities to the registration of a sound as a trademark. The case included extensive discovery, including completing consumer surveys, and was settled before trial, allowing Crowell’s client to register its trademark.
- Represented plaintiff (owner of JDATE trademark) in a trademark infringement action against the mobile application “JSwipe,” resulting in a favorable settlement and acquisition of Smooch Labs, owner of “JSwipe” mobile application.
- Represented U.S. commercial television broadcasters in hearings before the Copyright Royalty Board to determine the allocation of over $300 million in cable copyright royalties among seven parties.
- Represented client regarding dispute with ICANN relating to sponsored top-level domain name.
- Counseled publishing industry client regarding copyright issues involved in a new edition of a textbook.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Illinois, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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