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R. Scott Keller

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Biography


For more than 30 years, Scott Keller has practiced intellectual property and Internet law and litigation, specializing in trademarks, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition. Scott counsels clients across a variety of industries worldwide and screens, registers, licenses and protects trademarks and copyrights for companies of all sizes. "It's pretty cool when you are driving down the street or walking through a store and you see trademarks that you helped clear and register," he says. Scott is a former chair of the firm's Technology and Intellectual Property Group.

Education

  • Syracuse University J.D. 1984 summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Eisenhower College B.A. 1981 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 1984, Ohio
  • 1999, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Member (1984-Present); Member, Intellectual Property Law Section (1984-Present); Committee Member: Federal Trademark Legislation Committee (2001-17); Fair Use Subcommittee (2010-11); Willfulness Recovery Standard Subcommittee (2008-09) (Chair); Dilution Subcommittee (2003-05); Madrid Protocol Implementation Subcommittee (2002-03); Inherent Distinctiveness Subcommittee (2001-02)
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, (1998-Present); Intellectual Property Law Section (1998-Present), Council (2007-11)
  • Ohio Bar Association
    Member (1984-98); Member, Intellectual Property Section (1984-98)
  • Cleveland Bar Association
    Member (1984-98); Member, Intellectual Property Committee (1984-98); Chairperson (1996-97), Vice Chairperson (1995-96)

Experience

  • Experienced in all aspects of trademarks and copyrights, including application and registration, enforcement against infringement and counterfeiting, selection and availability screening, acquisition and licensing
  • Prepares and prosecutes  applications for dozens of clients in the United States Trademark Office
  • Prosecutes oppositions and cancellations before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Regularly coordinates the registration and enforcement of clients' trademarks in countries worldwide
  • Advises clients on a variety of Internet issues, including acquisition and maintenance of domain names, domain name disputes and other trademark and copyright aspects of the Internet
  • Works to protect the trademarks and copyrights of clients large and small, including a worldwide consumer products company, a nationwide bewpub chain and an international fastener and tool business
  • Conducted anti-infringement programs, including applying for, obtaining and conducting civil and criminal seizures of unauthorized and counterfeit merchandise across the country
  • Manages the worldwide trademark portfolio of a Big Ten university
  • Developed the standard license agreement for merchandizing a major motion picture
  • Defended an adhesives manufacturer in trademark and trade dress infringement litigation brought by its largest competitor and negotiated a mutually acceptable resolution
  • Won the transfer of domain names in numerous Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings

Honors & Awards

  • Named as "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Publications

  • "Fame, But Not Fortune, the State of Federal Trademark Dilution Law in the United States," Terralex Intellectual Property Newsletter, 9th Edition, Spring 2004
  • "Intellectual Property: It’s Not Just for Eggheads," Next Course, March/April 2003
  • "Trademark Tribulations: What's in a Name," MiBizWest Journal, 11/7/2001
  • "Know Your Rights – Especially Your Copyrights (or Else it Could Cost You)," Shoreline Business Monthly, November 1999
  • "Copyright, Copyright, Who Owns the Copyright? And Why Should You Care," Business Update, May 1999

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association
    Member (1984-Present); Committee Member: Rights of Publicity (2015-Present); Legislation and Regulation Committee (2011-15); Dilution and Well Known Marks Committee (2008-11); Trademark Office Practices Committee, Benchmarking Subcommittee (2002-08); Legislation Analysis Committee; and Treaty Implementation Subcommittee (1997-99)

Community Affiliations

  • Ingenium
    Board of Directors (2004-Present); Treasurer/Secretary (2016-Present)
  • Community Circle Theatre
    Board of Directors (2005-Present), past President and Vice President

Speaking Engagements

  • "Green Storytelling: The Proposed Revisions to the FTC Green Guides," Green Growth Conference and Expo, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2010
  • "Intellectual Property Rights in Foreign Markets: Trademarks," Speaker, Van Andel Global Trade Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2009
  • "Basic Trademark and Patent Practice for Paralegals and Lawyers," Moderator, Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2008

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