Robert J. Kenney
Suite 100 East
8110 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Robert Kenney has over 30 years of experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, as well as trademark prosecution, counseling and portfolio management. Mr. Kenney helps clients protect, profit from and enforce their valuable intellectual property rights, including licensing and intellectual property asset acquisition, creating and protect trademarks, building brands and making trademarks and brands profitable.
A seasoned litigator, Mr. Kenney has represented numerous clients in United States District Courts, U.S. Appeals Courts, the International Trade Commission and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His extensive experience allows for efficiency in his practice and a universal focus on clients’ business interests first, helping his clients avoid litigation where possible, and tailoring litigation strategy toward the best business outcomes for clients.
Mr. Kenney is also skilled in all aspects of trademark practice, including trademark clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, client counseling, anti-counterfeiting counseling and inter partes matters.
He is an experienced educator in intellectual property litigation and trademark law for audiences at all levels, and coordinates BSKB's annual U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar with participants from around the globe. Mr. Kenney lectures extensively throughout the world on U.S. trademark practice as well as intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution in United States courts and the International Trade Commission. He finds that teaching in relation to new developments in intellectual property litigation and trademark law has contributed to successes in his legal practice. Mr. Kenney’s clients include the full spectrum from multinational and Global 500 companies to mid-size businesses and individuals in the fields of consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, apparel, home goods and kitchen products, travel services and automotive parts.
Articles & Presentations
- The Real Meaning of Free Speech, World Intellectual Property Review, September/October 2016
- Fostering a Culture of Innovation and Protecting Brands, Intellectual Property as an Emerging Asset Class: Strategy and Management, 2015
- Aereo Bid To Avoid Injunction Gets Poor Reception, Law360, October 24, 2014
- Two Evolving Issues in Trademark Law: How Non-Issues Can Affect Rights in a Trademark and Protecting a Mark in View of the New Generic Top-Level Domains, Aspatore Thought Leadership: Intellectual Property Law, 2014
- Out of Reach: Covenant Not To Sue Moots Subjects Matter Jurisdiction, World Intellectual Property Review, May/June 2013
- How the Supreme Court Should Rule in Yums v. Nike, Law360, December 5, 2012
- Aligning Trademark Strategy to Meet the Challenges of the Internet and Social Media, Recent Trends in Trademark Protection, 2012 edition
- Trademark Owners Face Fresh Battles in the U.S., World Intellectual Property Review e-Digest 2012
- Trademark Rights Trump Aesthetics, World Intellectual Property Review, November/December 2011
- Developments in Keyword Advertising, World Intellectual Property Review, May/June 2011
- Litigation Pitfalls in EU Trademark Registration, Executive Counsel, April/May 2011
- Proving Fraud 'to the Hilt', World Intellectual Property Review, January/February 2011
- Google Adwords Wins and Expands, World Intellectual Property Review, September/October 2010
- Planning for Fakes, World Intellectual Property Review, July/August 2010
- Infringement Theories in the Online Marketplace, World Intellectual Property Review, May/June 2010
Speaking Engagements & Recognitions
- Named a WIPR Leader for 2016 and 2017
- Webinar: Trademark Registration and Use in Commerce: Things You Need to Know, March 14, 2017
- Quoted on Possible Impact of Trump Presidency on IP Law in Law360
- Quoted on 2016 Olympic Trademark Issues in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal®
- Webinar: Disparaging Marks: The Redskins, The Slants and the USPTO, May 11, 2016
- Quoted on Redskins Appeal in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal®
- Recognized by Who's Who Legal 2015
- Quoted on Redskins Trademark Decision in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal®
- Quoted in Washington Business Journal on Redskins Trademark Decision
- Named an IP Star by Managing IP in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- Speaking Engagement: Norwegian Industrial Property Office, October 2014
- Quoted in Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet
- Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal on Aereo Case
- Quoted in World Intellectual Property Review on Facebook Hit with "Trademark Bullying" Claim
- Quoted in LSIPR on Federal Circuit Decision Regarding "Prevail" Trademark
- Quoted in World Intellectual Property Review on Effect of Government Shutdown on the ITC
- Quoted in World Intellectual Property Review on ITC Clears Netflix of Rovi Patent Infringement
- Quoted on Webb Trademark Case in World Intellectual Property Review
- Quoted in ABC News Online Regarding Justin Bieber Lawsuit
- Quoted in Westlaw Journal on Amazon Case
- World Trademark Review Blog Featuring Robert J. Kenney on Recent Supreme Court Nike Decision
- Quoted by Law360 in Supreme Court Nike Ruling Article
- Quoted in Law360 and BNA Electronic Commerce and Law Report on New Generic Top-Level Domain Names
- Quoted in Managing Trade Marks Article on Louis Vuitton v. Warner Bros Case
- Quoted in Washington Business Journal Regarding Copyright Violation
- Named in Top 25 Trademark Attorney Rankings by World Trademark Review 2011
- Speaking Engagement: Social Media and Trademarks at Global IP Convention 2012
- Speaking Engagement: BSKB's 2011 U.S. Trademark Bootcamp
- Defended a toy manufacturer against claims of trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement in a trial that resulted in findings of non-infringement on all claims.
- In a case before the International Trade Commission for patent infringement, obtained for client the only dismissal of the 10 defendants. Avoiding the significant cost of this litigation to his client’s business.
- Obtained default judgment for violation of the settlement agreement, to client’s great satisfaction, when, after a settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the opposing party violated the agreement.