Recognized for her intellectual property (IP) work, Karen A. Butcher advises clients on maximizing the value of their IP and protecting their intellectual assets. She focuses on brands, creative works, technology, and related IP. Karen handles transactions and helps clients to structure the ownership and licensing of IP within their corporate group and to resolve complex disputes when they arise. A practice leader in the firm’s intellectual property practice, Karen brings an international perspective to strategic business matters in various fields, including technology, retail and ecommerce, life sciences, food and beverage, and sports and media.
In her IP transactional practice, Karen works with clients contemplating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution agreements, licensing agreements, strategic alliances, and corporate reorganizations. When clients acquire or divest intellectual assets, she develops and implements cost-effective strategies for maximizing asset value and minimizing deficiencies. She also proactively helps clients integrate acquired assets into their existing portfolios.
With an eye on the international implications of IP, Karen advises business clients on international brand strategy, and provides intellectual property counseling for clients embarking on cross-border transactions and licensing agreements. She advises multinationals on structuring the ownership and licensing of IP within their corporate group by harmonizing tax and IP considerations. She also helps clients develop approaches for multijurisdictional clearance, protection, and enforcement of international brands, including innovative brand rights. Karen helps clients facing complex disputes, with a focus on disputes involving breach of contract, parallel imports and infringement.
With an undergraduate degree in business concentrating in marketing, Karen advises clients on advertising, consumer protection, privacy, ecommerce, and social media. She advises clients on false advertising claims under the Lanham Act, compliance with US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state consumer protection regulations, and international compliance strategy. Karen drafts and negotiates innovative agreements for brand development and marketing, including licensing, sponsorship, product placement, brand integration, celebrity spokesperson, creative service, and cross-promotional agreements.
Karen’s experience includes structuring and implementing intellectual property ownership, licensing and management in various fields and the following selected transactions reported in the media:
Recommended, Intellectual property: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing), The Legal 500 US (2018–2022)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Copyright, The Legal 500 US (2021, 2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Leading Trademark Practitioner, Prosecution & Strategy, DC Metro Area, WTR 1000, World Trademark Review (2011–2022)
Recognized, IP Trademark Star – District of Columbia, Managing Intellectual Property (2018–2022)
IP Star, Top 250 Women in IP, Managing Intellectual Property (2013–2016)
Recognized, Trademarks, Who’s Who Legal (2015–2018, 2022)
Leading Practitioner, Trademarks, Expert Guide’s Women in Business Law (2016)
Member, Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (2009–2012)