Rita Weeks

Sr. Counsel

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Rita Weeks

New York

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Rita Weeks is senior counsel in the New York office and is a member of the Intellectual Property group.  An experienced intellectual property litigator, Rita specializes in litigation matters involving claims for trademark infringement, counterfeiting and dilution; copyright infringement; trade dress infringement; and false advertising and unfair competition.  Rita has developed particular experience protecting the brands and creative works of leading companies in the consumer goods, wine and spirits, food and beverage, fashion, hospitality, toy and game and media and entertainment industries. 

Complementing her litigation practice, Rita regularly helps clients protect and commercial exploit their intellectual property rights.  Rita has substantial experience in trademark and copyright licensing, from smaller start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.  Rita also advises clients concerning a variety of advertising and promotion matters, including development and substantiation of proposed advertising materials, assessment of potential claims against competitor advertising, contests and sweepstakes, and e-commerce and other internet issues.  Further, Rita negotiates the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions and manages due diligence covering all types of intellectual property. 

Previously, Rita was a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice of another international law firm in its Washington, D.C. office. 

Rita is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.  Rita is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, First Circuit and Second Circuit; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

 

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  • Education
    • 2006 – LL.M., Intellectual Property, New York University School of Law
    • 2004 – J.D., Intellectual Property with honors, Boston University School of Law 
    • 2000 – B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara (Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority)
  • Representative experience
    • Lead counsel representing famous artist in copyright and trademark lawsuit against licensee
    • Obtained ex parte temporary restraining order and expedited discovery against defendants trafficking in counterfeit financial services; obtained over $3 million in sanctions, $1.25 million in statutory damages, and approximately $500,000 in attorneys' fees
    • Won opposition brought before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for technology services client against registration of competitor's mark; established that client's mark was famous
    • Obtained permanent injunction for group of authors in copyright infringement case involving widespread sales of infringing materials via Internet websites 
     
  • Professional activities
    • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (CSUSA)
    • International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
    • New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)
     
  • Speaking engagements
    • Panelist, "Careers in Copyright Law," sponsored by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and George Washington University Law School, January 2013, Washington, DC
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Supreme Court Holds 'First Sale' Doctrine Applies to Grey Market Goods - Resale of Copyrighted Items Made Overseas Not Copyright Infringement," Fulbright Briefing, March 21, 2013
    • "40-Year Delay Smacks Down Monetary Damages, But Not Permanent Injunction," World Trademark Review Daily, January 18, 2013
    • "The All 'Reasonable Manners' of Depiction Standard Rejected in Trademark Examinations, as Well as Oppositions," World Trademark Review, April 10, 2012
    • "Restoration of Copyright In Foreign Works Passes Constitutional Muster," Intellectual Property Today, February 1, 2012
    • "Apple Denied Rights to 'iPad' Trademark in China," AIPLA Newsstand, December 30, 2011
    • "Re-Registration of Domain Name Containing Another's Trademark Is Not Cybersquatting," IP Frontline, November 10, 2011
    • "Re-Registration of Domain Name Containing Another's Trademark Is Not Cybersquatting," AIPLA Newsstand, October 31, 2011
    • "Ninth Circuit Declares That 'the King' is Dead (in Copyright Cases)," AIPLA Newsstand, September 30, 2011
    • "eBay Abrogates Presumption of Irreparable Harm in Copyright Cases In Ninth Circuit," AIPLA Newsstand, August 31, 2011
    • "Bridal Shop Loses Trademark Rights Due to Naked Licensing," World Trademark Review Daily, June 10, 2011
    • "No Personal Jurisdiction as Defendant Did Not Target Forum State's Market," World Trademark Review Daily, June 8, 2011
    • "Registrant Found to Lack Bad Faith in UDRP Dispute Loses in ACPA Action (co-author)," World Trademark Review Daily, June 7, 2011
    • "'Outer Limits' of Lanham Act Sustain Consumer Class Action (co-author)," World Trademark Review Daily, April 6, 2011
    • "VERICHECK Held to Be Suggestive for Check Verification Services," World Trademark Review Daily, April 4, 2011
    • "No Confusion from 'Stuffing' Towel Dispensers with Non-Branded Towelling," World Trademark Review Daily, November 8, 2010
    • "Grant of Summary Judgment Reversed In Tank Top Tussle," World Trademark Review Daily, October 14, 2010
    • "Tank Top Tussle – Britney Spears As An Indicator of Delicious Confusion," LexisNexis Copyright & Trademark Community, October 10, 2010
    • "Lanham Act Does Not Apply Extraterritorially To Encompass UK Acts," World Trademark Review Daily, September 8, 2010
    • "Post-Purchase Confusion Trumps 'First Sale' Doctrine," World Trademark Review Daily, June 30, 2010
  • Licenses
    • California State Bar License
    • Washington D.C. Bar License
    • New York State Bar License
  • Interests

    Rita enjoys running and fitness, cooking and foreign travel.