Jon A. Schiffrin | Trina A. Longo | Alexis P. Grilli

Jon Schiffrin
Jon A. Schiffrin

 

Jon Schiffrin attends to matters relating to Intellectual Property, specifically trademark, copyright and unfair competition issues.

Jon worked as a Trademark Examining Attorney for the United States Patent & Trademark Office where he reviewed thousands of applications seeking trademark registration.

He has prepared appeals on behalf of the PTO in matters relating to descriptiveness, likelihood of confusion and geographic descriptiveness before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The appeal in In re J.T. Tobacconists, Inc., 59 USPQ2d 1080 (TTAB 2001) was published by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and has been used by Trademark Examiners as a guide with regard to this issue. Jon has also successfully presented appeals to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the following matters: In re Lebanon Chemical Corporation, In re Turtle Mountain Inc., and In re Performance Labs, Inc.

Jon has also worked at one of the largest Intellectual Property firms in the world, representing Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, insurance, financial, and publishing fields, among others. He has handled enforcement matters, domain name disputes, trademark portfolio maintenance and clearance, and litigation covering a variety of issues ranging from priority of use to dilution.

In addition, Jon has negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for personal services, intellectual property, and the use of likeness and biographies for a national marketing campaign.

Jon is currently an Adjunct Professor, Trademarks and Unfair Competition at Catholic University Law School.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Educational Background
  • University of Florida (B.S. Advertising)
  • University of Miami (JD)


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Trina Longo
Trina A. Longo

 

Trina Longo has over eleven years of experience counseling clients on domestic and global trademark and brand protection issues as well as copyright issues. Ms. Longo’s trademark practice focuses on the creation, clearance, and registration of marks, both in the United States and worldwide. Knowing that every client has unique brand identities and business goals, Ms. Longo provides practical, well-planned advice in managing worldwide trademark portfolios of all sizes. For example, Ms. Longo has significant experience in devising client-specific worldwide trademark clearance and application filing strategies.

On the transactional side, Ms. Longo prepares and prosecutes U.S. trademark applications, including extensions of protection of International Registrations to the U.S. Additionally, Ms. Longo represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) in ex parte appeals. Representing both U.S. and non-U.S. based clients, Ms. Longo secures protection for her clients’ marks in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Further, Ms. Longo counsels clients on proper trademark marking and usage, and has drafted corporate trademark usage and marking guidelines. Throughout her career, Ms. Longo has coordinated and managed the worldwide recordation of trademark assignments and other changes in trademark ownership. Ms. Longo has also negotiated and drafted trademark license agreements.

On the enforcement side, Ms. Longo has substantial experience providing trademark infringement opinions, sending cease and desist letters, negotiating settlement agreements, and resolving domain name and other internet-related conflicts. She represents clients in various proceedings, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) domain name arbitration proceedings. Ms. Longo also has experience litigating trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition, and false advertising claims in various U.S. federal district courts. Further, Ms. Longo has many well-established relationships with a diverse network of foreign counsel to oversee policing and opposition matters in foreign jurisdictions.

Trina also has substantial experience practicing Copyright Law. She routinely counsels clients on a full range of copyright issues, including copyright protection, registration and enforcement. She prepares and files Copyright Applications with the U.S. Copyright Office, and utilizes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Take Down provisions to remove infringing materials from the Internet. Additionally, she has pursued copyright infringement claims in U.S. federal district court on behalf of her clients. Trina also defends clients against claims of copyright infringement.

Ms. Longo is also involved in academia, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Prior to joining Schiffrin & Longo, P.C., Ms. Longo was an attorney at one of the largest global intellectual property law firms. At her prior firm, Ms. Longo represented clients of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, in the apparel, automobile, pharmaceutical, dictation, beverage, personal care, consumer products, information services, and financial services industries, among others.

Representative Work Highlights
  1. Prosecution of Non-traditional marks – successfully obtained a U.S. trademark registration on behalf of a famous European automaker for the product configuration of an automobile;
  2. Audits and Filing Programs – Conducted trademark audits and designed and implemented U.S. and international trademark filing strategies to ensure comprehensive trademark protection on behalf of clients;
  3. U.S. and Global Trademark Portfolio Management – managed U.S. and worldwide trademark portfolios on behalf of several clients, including a pharmaceutical company;
  4. Letters of Protest – drafted and filed Letters of Protest on behalf of a client, which were granted by The United States Patent and Trademark Office. This action succeeded in preventing a generic term widely used in the automobile industry from being registered to one entity;
  5. Enforcement – Designed and implemented enforcement strategies on behalf of trademark and copyright clients;
  6. Copyright Infringement – successfully used Take Down Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to remove infringing materials from websites.
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • D.C. Court of Appeals
Educational Background
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Scranton (M.A., History), summa cum laude
  • University of Scranton (B.A., History and English), summa cum laude
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Intellectual Property Section
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

 

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Alexis Grilli
Alexis P. Grilli

 

Alexis is an associate with Schiffrin & Longo, P.C.

Alexis’ practice focuses on trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement (including contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board) as well as intellectual property litigation. Additionally, Alexis advises clients on copyright and e-commerce protection and conducts transactional matters such as drafting license agreements.

Alexis provides advice on IP related e-commerce activities such as domain name use, website terms and conditions, and website privacy and social media use. Prior to joining Schiffrin & Longo as an associate, Alexis was a legal fellow at the firm.

Alexis earned her Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2014.  While in law school, Alexis held numerous positions with government and private sector employees.

Alexis served as a law clerk for the United States Copyright Office and the National Association of Broadcasters focusing on intellectual property and telecommunications law. Additionally during law school, Alexis held positions as an intern for the Honorable Erik P. Christian at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia and in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Alexis received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Arizona State University in December of 2010, where she majored in History and minored in Political Science. During her time at Arizona State University, Alexis also served as a page for the Arizona State Senate.

Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
Educational Background
  •  The George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • Arizona State University (B.A., History; Political Science), summa cum laude
Professional Associations
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Virginia Bar Association

 

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