Cynthia Walden is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Boston office, and the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Practice Group Leader. Ms. Walden is well-known for providing insightful and business minded advice to clients on all aspects of brand protection and enforcement in the United States and in foreign countries around the world. Over the past 19 years, Ms. Walden has cultivated expertise in the array of issues that arise in connection with developing, using, registering, licensing, and enforcing trademarks.
She has been named an “IP Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in Law” by Managing Intellectual Property and ranked in the top tier of trademark attorneys at the state and national level by World Trademark Review‘s WTR 1000. The 2018 edition of WTR 1000 praises Ms. Walden for being an attorney who is “extremely alert, thinks creatively, and proactively solves issues that may arise.” She was also recognized by The Legal Media Group‘s “Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners” and was named one of the “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2012.
Ms. Walden’s practice includes working with clients on all aspects of trademark law, including building and developing strategic global portfolio and brand management plans. With significant experience evaluating and managing her clients’ global trademark portfolios, Ms. Walden also regularly counsels clients on how to maximize the value of their trademarks through efficient and strategic protection and enforcement in the United States and in countries worldwide. Her expertise extends into opposition and cancellation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and litigating trademark and false advertising matters in federal courts.
In addition to her significant experience on trademark issues, Ms. Walden advises clients on branding, advertising, corporate due diligence, and trademark licensing matters. She also works with clients on Internet trademark issues, including domain name matters, the use or misuse of trademarks in social media, and the host of related copyright, right of publicity, privacy, unfair competition and fair use issues that are often intertwined. Clients also turn to Ms. Walden for counsel on the protection and enforcement of copyrights.
Ms. Walden forms strong relationships with her clients, and often collaborates with in-house legal departments to assist in developing global trademark protection and enforcement plans, developing Trademark Use Guidelines, and providing training on best practices on the use and enforcement of trademarks globally to internal legal, marketing, and business departments.
As an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Ms. Walden currently serves on the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee and has helped draft the problem for the competition for the past several years.
Ms. Walden also works with a variety of pro bono clients on their trademark, domain name, copyright, and licensing issues.
February 2, 2018
Fish & Richardson Named Top Trademark Law Firm for Eighth Straight Year by World Trademark Review
Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog
January 8, 2018
First Amendment 2 – Lanham Act 0: Federal Circuit Holds Lanham Act Prohibition on Immoral and Scandalous Marks Is Unconstitutional Restriction on Free Speech
Author: Cynthia Johnson Walden
October 11th, 2018
Consero's Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable
August 15, 2018
46 Fish Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 List
May 21, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces 39 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
April 30, 2018
Cynthia Walden Quoted by World Trademark Review Article, Private Practice Perspectives on Diversity
March 6, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces Ranking as a Top National Trademark Practice by Managing Intellectual Property
November 14, 2017
"US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity," in World Trademark Review
November 7, 2017
Cindy Walden Quoted in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Article, "On Your Marks: Protecting trademarks globally requires a marathoner’s approach, not a sprinter’s"
July 13, 2017
Nine Fish & Richardson Women Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
June 23, 2017
Fish & Richardson Announces 36 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
June 21, 2017
Cynthia Walden Quoted in Law360 Article, "Even Before Slants, Offensive-TM Ban Always An Awkward Fit"