Biography

For businesses in a broad and varied spectrum of commercial endeavors, Maureen Beacom Gorman works directly with clients to prosecute, secure and enforce their copyrights and trademarks. Ms. Gorman’s invaluable familiarity with the inside workings of the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a former trademark examining attorney offers a balanced perspective to her legal counsel, including a comprehensive understanding of the idiosyncrasies in trademark law to better assist clients in trademark prosecution, enforcement, litigation, and licensing in the United States and internationally.

In 2014, she was recognized by the World Trademark Review (WTR) in the WTR 1000 rankings.

2014 WTR 1000 Recommended Individual

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Secured transfer of domain name for software company through successful Uniform Dispute Resolution procedure.
  • Successfully secured trademark protection for consumer goods company, overcoming merely descriptive refusal.
  • Counseled consumer goods company in prosecution of consumer brand name and enforcement issues in 90 countries worldwide.

Ms. Gorman has handled matters for a wide variety of industries and organizations, such as:

  • Clothing retailers and manufacturers
  • Consumer goods and health products
  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Media
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Advertising
  • Software

BACKGROUND AND CREDENTIALS

From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Gorman worked as a trademark examining attorney in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She focused on food and electronic products and all service classes.

After her departure from the USPTO, Ms. Gorman continued to build her proficiency in the intellectual property field, founding her own trademark/copyright law practice in 2002. The guiding principles of her successful solo practice incorporated affordability, personal service, and ethical behavior. Her private practice began in insurance and commercial litigation.

Ms. Gorman has been selected as a trademark consultant in numerous Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) actions as well as district court matters in New Jersey, Michigan and Illinois. Her litigation experience includes handling Opposition and Cancellation matters, ex parte appeals to the TTAB, and infringement and unfair competition actions in Illinois.

Ms. Gorman earned her J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1997 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University in 1993. 

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
  • Marquette University, B.A.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • "E-commerce and Social Media: Defensive Strategies and Enforcement Options," ICANN's New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program, Live Presentation, September 9, 2011.
  • Not All Endorsements Are Alike,” Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry, August, 24, 2011 (co-author).
  • “Consumer Confusion or Profitable Promotion?” Served as panel speaker and discussed current copyright/trademark trends at the Law Bulletin Corporate IP Conference on February 8, 2011.
  • “The Future’s So Green, I Gotta Wear Shades: 'Greening' Your Brand Without “Greenwashing” It.” Presented at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter meeting’s plenary session on February 3, 2011.
  • What Does It Mean to Be Green: A Short Analysis of Emerging IP Issues in 'Green' Marketing." This article was presented at John Marshall Law School's Green Issue Symposium on April 9, 2010 and published in the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law.

Click here to see additional Publications and Presentations.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
  • Executives' Club of Chicago
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA)
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • Women's Bar Foundation (WBF), Vice President - External Affairs
  • Member of INTA's U.S. Subcommittee on Anti-Counterfeiting

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Universal Protein Supplements Corporation vs. Dalech LLC, NAF Claim No. FA0908001278030 (2009) (Pfeuffer, Arb.). Attorney for petitioner in contested Uniform Dispute Resolution Action before the National Arbitration Forum (UDRP). Award: Domain name transferred.
  • General Council of the Assemblies of God vs. DomCollect Worldwide Intellectual Property AG, NAF Claim No. FA0904001259727 (2009) (Yachnin, Arb.). Attorney for petitioner in contested Uniform Dispute Resolution Action before the National Arbitration Forum (UDRP). Award: Domain name transferred.
  • AFN Broker LLC vs. Champion Performance Products, Inc. Attorney for petitioner in likelihood of confusion dispute. Settled.
  • The General Council of the Assemblies of God, DBA Gospel Publishing House vs. GPH Investments Incorporated. Attorney for opposer in likelihood of confusion dispute. Application withdrawn. Case dismissed.
  • The General Council of the Assemblies of God, DBA Gospel Publishing House vs. GPH Partners, LLC. Attorney for potential opposer in likelihood of confusion dispute. Settled.

Click here to see additional Representative Matters.