Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Bracket
Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Named 2013 - 2017 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Named to the WTR 1000 2012-2017 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals
Monica Riva Talley

Mind + Muscle

Monica Riva Talley

Director

 

Monica Talley heads Sterne Kessler's Trademark, Advertising, and Anti-Counterfeiting Practice. For more than 20 years she has specialized in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio management, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and trademark enforcement.

Ranked as one of the leading trademark prosecution and strategy attorneys in Washington, DC, Ms. Talley is particularly noted for her global brand protection and commercialization strategies and is lauded by clients for utilizing “her broad IP savvy to procure fantastic short and long-term results” as noted by World Trademark Review, who has consecutively ranked her among the WTR1000 since 2012. In addition, Ms. Talley has been named an "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine since 2013 and is recognized as one of the magazine's "Top 250 Women in IP." Ms. Talley is also ranked among the "leading IP practitioners in the world" by the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) in their 2017 "WIPR Leaders" publication.  

Ms. Talley also has significant expertise in 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 newly-established Trademark Clearinghouse, and Ms. Talley assists brand owners with navigating the changing landscape of ICANN's new gTLD system.

Having worked in advertising and marketing prior to her entry into the field of law, Ms. Talley 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, Ms. Talley is well-known for her ability to foster strong, mutually rewarding client relationships.

Ms. Talley 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.

Ms. Talley 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 serves on IPO's Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee, and INTA's Geographical Indications Sub-Committee, and served as an editor for The Trademark Reporter for four years. Ms. Talley 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 book, Patent Office Litigation -- Second Edition, and JD Supra recognized her with a 2017 “Reader’s Choice Award,” for excellence in writing and thought leadership. 

While attending law school, Ms. Talley worked as a trademark attorney assistant at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Publications
  • "You Are Suspended...Now What? Four Strategies for Dealing with Trademark Office Supensions," Lauriel F. Dalier and Monica Riva Talley, Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, June 2017
  • "Bring on the Bad Word Brands? What the Supreme Court's Decision in Matal v. Tam Means for Trademark Owners," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, June 2017
  • "MarkIt to Market - June 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley and Lauriel F. Dalier
  • "MarkIt to Market – May 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica  Riva Talley, Dana Justus and Kelley Keller
  • "MarkIt to Market – April 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley and Kelley Keller
  • "MarkIt to Market – March 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley, Lauriel Dalier and Kelley Keller
  • “Anti-Counterfeiting (and Brand Enhancement and Protection Strategies),” Monica Riva Talley, Patent Office Litigation Vol. 2, March 2017
  • "Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka Downs Rival," Monica Riva Talley, Managing IP, March 2017
  • "MarkIt to Market - February 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley and Kelley Keller
  • "What's that Smell? Play-Doh Leads Charge for Scent TMs," Monica Riva Talley, Law360, February 2017
  • "MarkIt to Market - January 2017," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley, Dana Justus, and Kelley Keller
  • "Trademark Cases to Watch in 2017," Monica Riva Talley, Law360, January 2017
  • "MarkIt to Market - December 2016, Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley and Kelley Keller
  • "MarkIt to Market - October 2016," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley, Dana Justus, and Shana Olson
  • "SCOTUS Declines to Hear Redskins Case, But Lawyers are Unsurprised," Monica Riva Talley, World Intellectual Property Review, October 2016
  • "MarkIt to Market - September 2016," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley and Shana Olson
  • "SCOTUS Slants decision could change 70 years of practice, says lawyers," Monica Riva Talley, World Intellectual Property Review, September 2016 
  • "Harley Davidson Sues Online Retailer," Monica Riva Talley, PowerSports Business, September 2016
  • "MarkIt to Market - August 2016," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley, Lauriel Dalier, Ivy Estoesta, and Dana Justus
  • "MarkIt to Market - July 2016," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley
  • "MarkIt to Market - June 2016," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley
  • "MarkIt to Market - May 2016," Sterne Kessler - Special Brexit Edition, Monica Riva Talley
  • "MarkIt to Market," Sterne Kessler Trademark Newsletter, Monica Riva Talley
  • "Combating Counterfeiting by Building a Strong Brand Identity," Monica Riva Talley, Euromoney Expert Guides, May 2016
  • "Zombie Trademarks - When is "Dead" Mark Really Alive, and Able to Bite?" Monica Riva Talley, March 2016
  • "Animal health trademarks: Yay or neigh?," Monica Riva Talley and Deborah Sterling, Ph.D., Animal Pharm, April 2016
  • "Vampires drink beer? The battle of the trademarked alcohol," Monica Riva Talley and Shana Olson, The Trademark Lawyer, November 2015
  • "Sterne Kessler Director Comments on Cancellation of Washington DC NFL Team's Trademark," Monica Riva Talley, Washington Business Journal & Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, July 2015
  • "IP Flash: Clearing and Protecting Pharmaceutical Trademarks," Monica Riva Talley, European Biotechnology, June 2015
  • "Taylor Swift Trademark Applications: Walking the Line," Max Walters, Trademarks & Brands Online, March 2015
  • "ICANN's gTLD Program - A Look Back and Forward," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, October 2014
  • "Trademark Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions," Monica Riva Talley, Bloomberg BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, October 2014
  • "Why Brands Need to Pay Attention to Unregulated Domains," Monica Riva Talley, IP Watchdog, September 2014
  • "Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, September 2014
  • "What Trademark Filing Trends Reveal About Expected Brand Growth – and What it Means for Your Global Brand Protection Strategy," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, July 2014
  • "Washington Redskins Trademark Revoked: What Does It Mean for the Team?," Susanna Kim, ABC News, June 2014
  • "Attorneys React to High Court's Pom v. Coke Lanham Act Ruling," Law360, June 2014
  • "Counterfeit Enforcement: 5 Steps Your In-House Team Should Take," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, December 2013
  • "Developing a Business Strategy to Deter Counterfeiters," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, October 2013
  • "IP: Ensuring Brand Protection and Expansion With Affinity Branding," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, August 2013
  • "IP: Protect and Expand Your Brand with Co-Branding Partnerships," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, June 2013
  • "IP: Protect and Expand Your Brand with Co-Branding Partnerships," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, June 2013
  • "Supreme Court to define grounds for bringing false advertising claims," Jack Ellis, World Trademark Review, June 2013
  • "IP: Strengthening brands and growing market value through licensing," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, June 2013
  • "IP: Protect and expand your brand by battling counterfeit products," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, May 2013
  • "IP: Brand protection and expansion - Navigating social media and the online marketplace," Monica Riva Talley, Inside Counsel, May 2013
  • "The Trademark Registration Process in the United States,"Monica Riva Talley and Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, February 2013
  • "New gTLD Clearinghouse Will Open March 26, 2013," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, February 2013
  • "Tiffany Sues Costco Over Alleged Knockoff Engagement Rings," Susanna Kim, ABC News, February 2013
  • "Budweiser Asks Paramount to Remove Beer Images From Film," Susanna Kim, ABCNews.com, November 2013
  • "gTLD Update," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, October 2012
  • "U.S. Customs and Border Protection Implements Rule to Aide Brand Owners," Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, June 2012
  • "Trademark Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions," Monica Riva Talley, Bloomberg Law Reports, Intellectual Property, November 2011
  • "Be Aware of Trademark and Patent Scams," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, October 2011
  • "What you Need to Know about the New Top-Level Domain .xxx," Monica Riva Talley, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, April 2011
  • Fraud Once Again Means Fraud at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board," Monica Riva Talley, Bloomberg Law Reports - Intellectual Property, March 2011
Achievements
  • World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) 'WIPR Leaders,' 2017
  • Euromoney Expert Guides Trade Mark Guide, 2016
  • Lawyer Monthly's Women in Law Award - Trademarks Category, 2015-2016
  • Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP, 2013 - 2014, 2016
  • Managing IP Magazine 'IP Star', 2013-2016
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2012 - 2017
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2005
  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Virginia

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

      • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

      • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

      • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • Education
    • J.D., George Mason University Dean's Scholar

    • B.S.B.A., Marketing and Management, University of Richmond

    X

    Unsolicited e-mails and information sent to Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. will not be considered confidential or privileged, may be disclosed to others, may not receive a response, and do not create an attorney-client relationship with Sterne Kessler.  If you are not already a client of Sterne Kessler, do not include any confidential information in this message.