Linda Merritt is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. She focuses her practice on trademark, trade dress, copyright and technology matters.
- She represents clients in a variety of industries, including the software, financial, food products, pharmaceutical, energy and retail industries. Her practice includes counseling clients on selecting and clearing trademarks to evaluate a potential trademark's viability, strength and availability for use without conflict with a third-party mark. She assists clients in protecting trademarks through prosecution of applications for and maintenance of trademark registrations in the United States and around the world. She helps clients develop proactive trademark enforcement and policing strategies and manage their trademark portfolios.
She was among the first to speak and write on the 2002 legislation implementing U.S. adherence to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the "Madrid Protocol"). She now has extensive experience in Madrid Protocol practice for the international protection of trademarks. She regularly advices clients on use of the Madrid Protocol to achieve cost savings.
Ms. Merritt represents clients in trademark controversies, including pre-litigation disputes, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and court proceedings (typically in federal court). She regularly counsels clients on matters concerning trademarks and the Internet, including key word advertising issues and domain name recovery through the U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting Act and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Another aspect of Ms. Merritt's practice is in the area of intellectual property transactions. Her intellectual property transactional work includes: (i) negotiating and drafting intellectual property agreements, including licenses of trademarks, copyrights and technology; (ii) due diligence review in connection with the acquisition of intellectual property assets; and (iii) negotiating and drafting intellectual property-related provisions of merger agreements, asset purchase agreements and financing agreements.
Finally, she regularly counsels clients on copyright issues, including helping clients protect works of authorship, such as computer software, through prosecution of applications for copyright registrations and representing clients in copyright-related disputes.
Ms. Merritt serves on the firm's Women in the Firm and Profession Committee. Since 2010, she has served as co-chair of the Dallas Office Women's Initiative, fostering business development opportunities and mentorship for women.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Merritt worked as a certified public accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and as a financial planning manager for Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.