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Cynthia Walden is a principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson P.C. and the leader of the firm’s trademark and copyright practice group. Ms. Walden is well-known for providing insightful and business minded advice to clients on all aspects of brand protection and enforcement in the U.S. and countries around the world. Over the past 26 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.


Speaking Engagements

  • Trademark & Copyright: 2020 Year in Review,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Webinar (January 7, 2021)
  • Defeating Trademark Counterfeiting in the COVID-19 Era,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Webinar (December 2020)
  • “2019 INTA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony,” 2019 INTA Annual Meeting (May 2019)
  • “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Cease and Desist Efforts,” 3rd Annual World Trademark Review Managing Trademark Assets USA (March 2019)
  • 2018 Trademark & Copyright Year in Review Webinar,” Fish Webinar (January 2019)
  • It’s (Not) a Small World: Global Trademark Strategies to Protect Your Brand,” Fish Webinar (April 2014)
  • “Global Trademark Enforcement,” Corporate Counsel’s IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Counsel Forum, New York, New York (October 2012)
  • “Cost-Efficient and Effective Strategies for Global Trademark Protection and Enforcement,” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting Table Topic (May 2012)
  • “What’s Hot in Pharmaceutical Trademarks,” Fish & Richardson Life Sciences Intellectual Property Summit, Princeton, New Jersey (April 2012)
  • “Trademark Enforcement in a Global Economy,” Corporate Counsel’s IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Forum, New York, New York (September 2011)
  • “Coming to the US via Madrid: Avoiding Pre- and Post-Filing Pitfalls,” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting Table Topic (May 2011)
  • “Responding to Cutting Edge Trademark Concerns Arising from New Advertising Media,” American Conference Institute’s Advanced IP Forum for Advertising Counsel (April 2011)
  • “Handling Complex Prosecution Issues,” International Trademark Association Roundtable, Boston, Massachusetts (April 2011)
  • “IP, the New Commodity: Monetizing Your Copyrights and Trademarks,” Corporate Counsel’s IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Forum, New York, New York (September 2010)
  • “Counterfeiting and the Grey Market,” Fish & Richardson Webinar (June 2010)
  • “Domain Names – How to Protect Your .assets,” 132nd INTA Annual Meeting (May 2010)
  • “Trademark Searching – How to handle in the 21st Century,” IP Law & Business IP Trademark and Copyright Counsel Forum (November 2009)
  • “Fraud at the PTO: A Barrier to the U.S. Market?” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting Table Topic (May 2008)
  • “Trademark & Copyright: A New Era,” GC New England Roundtable Series (2007)
  • “Evidence in Alicante – Part II: Oppositions and Cancellations,” INTA Trademark Forum, Berlin, Germany (December 2005)
  • “Has Time Run out on Auction Sites?” Trademark World, UK (July 2008)
  • “Trademark Year In Review,” Boston Bar Association (January 2005)
  • “Protection of Trademarks, Service Marks, Trade Names and Trade Dress,” New England Corporate Counsel Association (NECCA) Seminar (December 2001)

Media Mentions

  • Named Lawyer of the Year: Trademark Law, Boston by The Best Lawyers in America© (2022)
  • Named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2019-2021)
  • World Trademark Review 1000, Massachusetts (Gold Band, Prosecution and Strategy, 2011-2021; Gold Band, Enforcement and Litigation, 2011-2017; Silver Band, Enforcement and Litigation, 2018, 2021); United States (Silver Band, Prosecution and Strategy; Enforcement and Litigation, 2011-2021)
  • Recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2020)
  • Named to “World Trademark Review Global Leaders: Private practice” in Massachusetts (2019)
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Trademarks: Lawyers (2016)
  • Selected for the Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching List (June 2016)
  • One of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property (October 2013)
  • Named a Top Women of Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2012)
  • Listed in The Legal Media Group “Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners” (2008-2012, 2016, 2018)
Focus Areas

J.D., Duke University School of Law (1995)

A.B. cum laude, Art History, Dartmouth College (1990)

  • New York 1996
  • Massachusetts 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association (1995-present)

American Intellectual Property Law Association (1998-present)

International Trademark Association (1995-present); Vice Chair, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee (2017); Member, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee (1998-present); Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Brief Judge (1998-present); Member, Free Trade Agreement Committee (2010-2012); Member, Meetings Committee (2005-2007); Member, Federal Trademark Dilution Act Committee (1996-1998)

Boston Patent Law Association (1999-present); Co-Chair Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee (2002-2006), planned and conducted annual seminars on trademark prosecution and enforcement issues

Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (2007-present); Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group (2007-present); Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Advisory Board Member (2014-present)

Vice Chair, City Year Boston Legal Community Breakfast (2016)​

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Fish Attorneys Recognized in 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America
July 23, 2021
Fish Principal Cindy Walden Authors World IP Review Article, "Brand Owner’s Friend: the Lanham Act at 75"
June 7, 2021
Q&A with Cynthia Walden for Westlaw
Author: Cynthia Johnson Walden
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Fish & Richardson’s Trademark Practice Receives Top Rankings by World Trademark Review
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January 19, 2021
Trademark, Copyright Legislation Passed as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill
Authors: Kristen McCallion, Cynthia Johnson Walden
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Cynthia Walden Quoted in Managing IP Article, "USPTO fees hike worries counsel but should cut bad behaviour"
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Webinar | Trademark & Copyright: 2020 Year in Review
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Cynthia Walden Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article, "Jack Daniel’s Seeks to Take Dog Toys Battle to Supreme Court"
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Webinar | Defeating Trademark Counterfeiting in the COVID-19 Era
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Cynthia Walden Named to 2020 WTR Global Leaders List
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32 Fish & Richardson Attorneys Named 2020 “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
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