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Monica Riva Talley Joins Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

IP Specialty Firm Bolsters Trademark Practice Group

Washington, DC -- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. (SKGF), an intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC, announced today that the firm has expanded its Trademark Practice with the addition of Monica Riva Talley, a veteran trademark attorney and law firm partner with more than 14 years of experience.

Ms. Talley specializes in trademark prosecution, clearance, portfolio management, and client counseling, as well as trademark infringement and dilution litigation, Internet-related trademark disputes, and opposition and cancellation proceedings. She serves a broad base of innovative companies in the consumer products, manufacturing, telecom, biotechnology, computer, media, and entertainment fields. Ms. Talley also works with clients in registering and enforcing certification marks.

"We are very pleased and honored to have Monica Talley join our team. Her extensive experience will help us meet a growing client demand for trademark services,” said Michael B. Ray, Managing Director at SKGF. “While we're always looking for opportunities to grow our business and expertise through lateral hires, finding the right person can be challenging. In addition to excellent legal skill, SKGF requires personalities well matched to our team-oriented, friendly and open culture. Monica is a perfect fit, and we feel fortunate to have found her.”

“I wanted to join SKGF for many reasons, not the least of which is the firm's reputation as a leading mid-size intellectual property specialty firm,” said Ms. Talley. “The nimbleness and innovation that the firm brings to client engagements is one of the its very attractive qualities. I'm also thrilled about the opportunity to build upon the established trademark practice and increase its leadership position in the marketplace.”

SKGF Trademark Practice Leader Tracy-Gene G. Durkin added, “Monica's work on behalf of some of the world's most recognizable brands is a perfect match for our firm's reputation of partnering with innovative companies with complex IP needs.”

Prior to entering the field of law, Ms. Talley worked as an advertising copywriter and as a marketing director. She holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Richmond.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. - Strategists and Advisors specializing in the protection, transfer and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. Founded in 1978 and based in Washington, DC, the firm has over 130 patent attorneys, agents and technical specialists representing a broad range of clients, including emerging and established companies, venture capital firms, universities and select individuals.

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