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Alexis Crawford Douglas

Associate
+1.312.807.4346
Fax +1.312.345.9980
Alexis Crawford Douglas concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property, including a range of transactional and litigation matters related to trademarks and copyrights, along with the strategic management of intellectual property portfolios. Ms. Douglas regularly represents clients ranging from multi-national to start-up companies in a variety of industries including consumer products, marketing and advertising, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, financial, technology, and entertainment.

Ms. Douglas regularly advises clients on global brand portfolios and filing strategies, and handles global prosecution, maintenance and protection of trademarks. She has particular experience advising on the complex intellectual property and technology issues in corporate transactions.

Ms. Douglas routinely negotiates and drafts intellectual property-related agreements, including settlement agreements, assignments, licenses, and consent agreements.

Ms. Douglas also handles litigation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and various federal courts, as well as domain name disputes before arbitration panels. She regularly represents clients in a range of industries with the protection and enforcement of trademark, copyright and other intellectual property rights.

Professional Background

Ms. Douglas previously worked as an intellectual property intern for Fox Entertainment Group. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Morton Denlow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Douglas worked at The Advanced Business Intelligence Solutions Group, where she managed a network of educational websites, and wrote and edited daily news briefs on niche industries for corporate clients. Ms. Douglas also owned and managed her own writing, editing and consulting company before and during law school.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • International Trademark Association, active member of Internet Committee
  • Incoming Secretary/Treasurer for the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section
  • Mentor at 2112, business incubator for music, film/video and creative industry-focused technologies
  • NIJC Pro Bono Asylum Attorney Program
  • Board of Directors for the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015)
  • Adjunct Professor and co-founder of The John Marshall Law School’s Trademark Clinic (2014-2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderated Developing Business by Working in the Community for the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section L.E.A.D. for Large Law Firms Committee, November 7, 2016
  • Panelist and assisted with presentation preparation for Willfulness: The Ship Has Sailed on Seagate with pupilage group for The Richard Linn Inn of Court, October 13, 2016
  • Emceed final round of Launch Competition at Techweek Chicago 2016
  • Moderated Developing a Coveted Expertise for the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section L.E.A.D. for Large Law Firms Committee, April 7, 2016
  • Participated in Intellectual Property Law Society’s IP practice panel at Northwestern University School of Law, March 2, 2016
  • Panelist at Chicago-Kent Gastro IP Symposium discussing intellectual property issues for craft brewers, November 10, 2015
  • Presented Tips For Tweets and Engaging Online: Navigating the Legal Issues on Social Media Platforms at Chicago Bar Association’s Creative Arts committee meeting, September 15, 2015
  • Presented Think Before You Tweet with K&L Gates partner Ben Weed at Techweek Chicago 2015
  • Discussed trademark, copyright, social media and advertising guidelines at major electronics consumer products client, September 2015 and 2016
  • Annually teaches foreign trademark prosecution to new associates at K&L Gates
  • Obtained transfers of domain names from cybersquatters in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution proceedings before arbitration panels
  • Routinely assist clients with takedown procedures on social media platforms
  • Prepare numerous trademark applications and responses to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office involving a range of products and services
  • Counsel consumer products companies on trademark litigation strategies
  • Represented plaintiff in trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting in the Northern District of Illinois and obtained favorable judgment, damages and injunction
  • Prepared papers for and appeared in preliminary injunction hearings in trademark and unfair competition actions
  • Represented plaintiff in trademark infringement and unfair competition action in the Southern District of New York, drafted pleadings, engaged in motion practice, conducted depositions and advised on discovery strategy
  • Represented cosmetics company before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and obtained cancellation of defendant’s registration