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About Nancy

Nancy Ly has managed the global brand strategy for diverse clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations, spanning a wide range of industries. She has particular experience in trade dress disputes and serves as a member of INTA’s non-traditional marks committee. Clients choose Nancy because of her broad experience; she counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and global trademark matters, including trademark clearance and prosecution, brand management, enforcement, and litigation in federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. To complement her trademark practice, Nancy also advises clients regarding false advertising, domain name disputes, social media advertising, sweepstakes, and copyright matters.

Publications

Trademarks 101,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog, December 9, 2019.

Jury Says Thicke, Pharrell ‘Got to Give It Up’ Over Blurred Lines,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog, March 26, 2015.

#Trending: Hashtag Trademarks,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog, January 27, 2015.

Website Owners May Allege Protectable Trade Dress in Their Website Design,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Thoughts Blog, October 14, 2014.

Advertising on Social Media: How to Avoid Legal Problems,” co-author, Law360, September 18, 2014.

Supreme Court to determine level of deference given to TTAB decisions,” Fish Litigation Blog, July 2, 2014.

Protect a Distinctive Website With Trade Dress Law,” Law360, March 31, 2014.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Trademarks 101,” Fish & Richardson Webinar (September 25, 2019).

Moderator, “The Wide Reach Of Trade Dress: Sorting Through Non-Traditional Trademark Protection,” Consero’s Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable (March 14, 2019).

Speaker, “2018 Trademark & Copyright Year in Review Webinar,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Webinar (January 23, 2019).

Presenter, “Trademarks and Patents in Today’s Competitive Business Universe,” Association of Corporate Counsel – San Diego Chapter (December 13, 2018).

Speaker, “Trademark & Copyright 2017 Year in Review Webinar,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Webinar (January 24, 2018).

Moderator, “Social Media Advertising: The Legal Challenges of Marketing in a #HASHTAG World,” Fish Trademark & Copyright Webinar (August 20, 2014).

Focus Areas
Education

J.D., University of St. Thomas (2012)


B.A., Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2006)

Admissions
  • California 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Memberships & Affiliations

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section

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