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 23 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, 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.
Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog
April 8, 2020
Essential Steps Every Brand Owner Should Take to Combat Counterfeiting
Author: Cynthia Johnson Walden
March 3, 2020
Fish & Richardson Named Top Trademark Law Firm for 10th Straight Year by World Trademark Review
January 15th, 2020 | 1:00 pm EST
Trademark & Copyright Webinar: 2019 Year in Review
February 21, 2019
Fish Named Top Trademark Law Firm for Ninth Straight Year by World Trademark Review
June 18, 2020
Cynthia Walden Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article, "Trademark Cases Drop as Pandemic Fuels Uncertainties"
May 18, 2020
Cynthia Walden Quoted in Law360 Article, "In Lucky Trademark Ruling, Justices Avoid Preclusion Mess"
March 3rd, 2020 | 8:00 am CDT
World Trademark Review: Managing Trademark Assets (MTA) USA 2020
October 24th, 2019 | 8:30 am PDT
Consero: Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable
May 22, 2019
Fish & Richardson Announces 32 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 am CDT
World Trademark Review: Managing Trademark Assets
May 23rd, 2017 | 6:00 pm EDT
World Trademark Review: WTR Industry Awards 2017
June 23rd, 2010 | 1:00 pm EDT
Counterfeiting and the Grey Market Webinar