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    Robert B. Burlingame

    Robert B. Burlingame
    Special Counsel

    T: +1.415.983.1274 F: +1.415.983.1200
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    Bob Burlingame is a member of the law firm's Intellectual Property practice and is located in the San Francisco office. His practice covers all facets of trademark protection and practice (including policing, litigation, counseling, clearance, prosecution and registration, licensing and due diligence), as well as Internet, copyright and complex transactional matters, for clients in all industries.

    Mr. Burlingame regularly counsels and assists clients in regard to protecting their intellectual property rights, particularly trademarks and copyrights, in the U.S. and abroad. He handles IP oppositions, litigation, cease-and-desist letters and negotiations on a daily basis. He also has substantial experience in complex transactions, including consulting agreements, distribution agreements, product and services supply agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, asset and stock purchase agreements, assignments, copyright releases, privacy policies, website Terms of Use, domain name transfer agreements, software and technology licenses, intellectual property rights agreements and settlements, and joint venture agreements.

    Mr. Burlingame directs his services to the full spectrum of companies, from startups and sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations. His experience also spans a broad range of industries, with extensive and internationally recognized work in areas such as alcoholic beverages, hedge funds and investment managers, software and mobile apps, 3D printing, radio and other mass media, cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, real estate, and retail services.

    Mr. Burlingame is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues and has led numerous workshops and presentations for a wide array of organizations, including Thomson Reuters, Practising Law Institute (PLI), Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), CLE International, the International Trademark Association (INTA), UC Davis Extension, and the International Wine Law Association (AIDV).

    Mr. Burlingame also brings to his intellectual property and transactional practice a background in corporate law and civil litigation.

    Honors & Awards
    • World Trademark Review 1000, Prosecution & Strategy (2017)
    • Middle-Market M&A Award, Consumer and Retail Products—Finalist, M&A Advisor (2008)

    International Trademark Association (INTA) - Internet Committee & New gTLDs Subsequent Rounds Subcommittee; Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (AIDV – International Wine Lawyers Association); American Bar Association; California Bar Association; San Francisco Bar Association

    U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California

    Representative Speaking Engagements

    "Trademarks in Practice: Searching, Clearance and the Application Process in the United States,” PLI's Fundamentals of Trademark Law in the Global Marketplace 2016, June 24, 2016

    “Trademark Cases: Update on Preliminary Injunctions,” Practising Law Institute program, April 21, 2016

    “Trademark Protection in the Wine Industry,” UC Berkeley Law School - Wine Law course, November 10, 2015

    “Trademark Issues,” CLE International 20th Annual “Wine, Beer & Spirits Law” Conference, September 18, 2015

    “Legal Aspects of Controlling Your Brand,” 24th Annual UC Davis/OIV Wine Marketing Program, July 21, 2015

    “Importing and Exporting Issues” and “Advising Role and Intellectual Property Aspects of International Wine Law,” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s International Wine Law Program, November 20, 2014

    “Trademarks and Copyrights,” The Seminar Group “IP Issues in the Food and Beverage Industries” Conference, October 16-17, 2014 (Co-Chair)

    “Trademarks in Regulated Industries,” International Trademark Association (INTA), San Francisco, April 10, 2013

    “Trademark Law for Attorneys: 2012 Perspective,” Knowledge Congress webinar, August 30, 2012

    “Naming Your Company: Product, Branding and Trademark Basics,” Startup America webinar, June 19, 2012

    “The Trademark Office Comes to California,” State Bar of California IP Section Conference (San Francisco and Los Angeles), April 11 & 13, 2011

    “Intellectual Property in a Global Market,” AIDV (International Wine Law Association), Portugal, October 13, 2006

    “The Balanced Portfolio: Changes to Trademark Portfolio Administration Given U.S. Accession to the Madrid Protocol,” Thomson Compumark, September 9, 2003

    State of California
    J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1998
    Articles Editor, The Hastings Law Journal; Externship with Hon. John E. Munter, San Francisco Superior Court, 1997
    B.A., Communications, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
    cum laude

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