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Michelle Oberfell Parsons

Associate

Redwood City, CA
650-839-5055
mparsons@fr.com
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Background

 

Michelle Parsons is an Associate in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. She specializes in trademark, copyright, technology, social media, and entertainment. Ms. Parsons is experienced in all aspects of trademark practice, including prosecution, counseling, enforcement, TTAB proceedings, and litigation.  She also has experience working on large-scale international prosecution projects and in pursuing enforcement matters across the globe.

Ms. Parsons has a technical degree in computer science and began her career as a software engineer. She worked for Engineers and Constructors International, the City of New York, and Blue Shield of California where she developed applications that created efficiencies across multiple departments. During law school, she worked extensively in the entertainment industry interning in the business and legal affairs at MTV Networks, Fox Television Studios, Sony Pictures Television International, and Universal Pictures, where she learned the art of negotiation, as well as licensing and clearance. She has since put her technical background to use practicing trademark and copyright law for software startups and app developers and working in patent litigation at Google. She now handles the day-to-day activities of a large portfolio of clients, including start-up to multinational computer hardware and software companies, real estate developers, biopharmaceutical companies, and artists.

Ms. Parsons is an active participant in the 2016 Wilpower Program of Leading Women in Technology. She was also recently on the Board of the Parent’s Club of Palo Alto Menlo Park. When not working, she loves to run and travel.

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School 2011
​Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Production Editor; Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court, Delegate; Association of Entertainment and Media Counsel–Emerging Leaders Section, Board Member​


B.S., Louisiana State University 2000
Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Honors
​Theatre, Minor

Admissions

  • California 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Leading Women in Technology (LWIT)

​Women's Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA)​

Other Distinctions

​Publications

"Three Cheers for Copyright" Fish Trademark Blog, (May 17, 2016). 

 

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