Stephanie S. Spangler dedicates her practice to trademark and copyright matters.  She has represented clients from startups to Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries, including technology, food and beverage, e-commerce, apparel, cannabis, jewelry, video games, film, and arts and entertainment.

Stephanie routinely counsels clients on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, focusing on domestic and international trademark prosecution, copyright and trademark enforcement, and licensing.  She works with clients to find creative solutions for the selection, registration, use, and protection of their intellectual property rights.  She also counsels clients on defamation and right of publicity matters.

Stephanie advises clients on all phases of litigation, including pleadings, sophisticated fact and e-discovery, motion practice, argument, mediation, and trial.  She appears in federal courts, the state courts of New York and California, and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  She has represented clients in cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes.  Her experience on the litigation side of intellectual property matters has provided her with valuable insight that she leverages for her clients’ benefit in drafting licensing agreements, work-made-for-hire agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and co-existence agreements to reduce her clients’ risks.

Stephanie has been accepted into the New York City Bar Association’s 2019 Associate Leadership Institute.  She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and Cardozo Law School’s Black Asian Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group.  Stephanie serves as a mentor to law school students through Cardozo Law School’s “Cardozo Connections” mentorship program.

A co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark, Stephanie enjoys writing on the impact of trademark law on the sports, entertainment, cannabis, and food and beverage industries. As Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, she also frequently writes for its cannabis law blog,  Legally Grown.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie practiced in litigation, including commercial, intellectual property, trade secret, unfair competition, product liability, toxic tort, and insurance coverage; and in transactional matters on behalf of entertainment companies, video game companies, and start-ups.  During law school, Stephanie was an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.


Blog - Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition Law Blog

Recent Trademark Decision Shows Getting a Trademark Registration for Geometric Shapes Is a Tough Bet

Trademark Parody: Sour Patch Kids Sues Cannabis Brand to Protect IP

USPTO Issues First Guidance on Examination of Cannabis Trademark Applications

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Says “Yes, You Canna!” Register CANNABIS CANNIBALS for Entertainment Services

There’s a Latte to Consider When Seeking Registrations of Color and Geometric Shape

Are You on the Trademark Naughty or Nice List?

A Feast of THANKSGIVING Trademarks

The Exponential Rise of Trademark Applications for Cannabis-Based Beauty and Wellness Products

How Cannabis Trademark Owners Can Face Trademark Registration Challenges

The Growing Global Trend in the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Patent and Trademark Applications

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Fair Use of “Old Taylor” to Describe Colonel E.H. Taylor’s Historic Distillery Location

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Finds There is “Something More” Sufficient to Show That Restaurant Services are Related to Alcoholic Beverages

FUCT This: What Trademarks You Can and Can’t Register

The Rise of Blockchain in Patent and Trademark USPTO Filings

This is Madness: Takeaways from the NCAA’s Enforcement of the MARCH MADNESS Trademark

Spoiler Alert!  Alcohol and Cigars Are Complementary Products

Getting Ready for the Super Bowl? Here’s Our NFL Trademark Highlight Reel

$710,000 Jury Award Gives Grumpy Cat a Reason to Smile

United States Supreme Court Signals That It May Hear Case That Will Impact Copyright Holders’ Ability to Initiate Copyright Infringement Actions

Trademark Retrospective: 2017, A Year for Free Speech

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  • General Liability Panel, CannaRiskCon, The Bridgewater Manor, Bridgewater, NJ, January 29, 2020
  • “Food Law 101,” WeWork Food Labs, WeWork 148 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, May 16, 2019
  • “Exploring the Legal Haze of Cannabis for Restaurants,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., WeWork 222 Broadway, New York, NY, March 26, 2019
  • “Fireside Chat with Women in the Tech Field,” Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, March 13, 2019
  • “Exploring the Legal Haze of Cannabis for Restaurants,” International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, March 5, 2019
  • “Getting Blunt About Cannabis Law: Cannabis Law 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, February 20, 2019
  • FUCT This: What Trademarks You Can and Can’t Register,” WeWork, New York, NY, May 10, 2018
  • This is MADNESS: Takeaways from the NCAA’s Enforcement of Its MARCH MADNESS Trademark,” WeWork, New York, NY, March 15, 2018
  • “IP Prosecution 101,” AABANY Skills Workshop, New York, NY, November 15, 2017
  • “Researching and Writing the Documentary: Overview of Legal Issues, Tisch School of the Arts,” NYU, May 2013
  • “Copyright, Trademark and Contract Law for Artists,” NYFA MARK ’12 Program, June 2012
  • “Copyright and Contract Issues for Visual Artists,” NYFA MARK ’11 Program, March 2011
  • Received a jury verdict and an award of punitive damages in favor of a client involving breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation claims, in which Stephanie acted as second chair in Byung Chul An and Hyang Ok An v. Sandra Dyche, et al. (New York Supreme Court)
  • Won a motion to dismiss on behalf of a beverage client in a potential class action involving alleged mislabeling claims under Oregon’s Unfair Trade Practices Act in J. Podawiltz v. Rockstar, Inc. (United States District Court for the District of Oregon)
  • Successfully obtained a quick settlement on behalf of a chef client involving alleged breach of contract, defamation, and trade secret misappropriation claims in King Me Kong, LLC v. John Nguyen (New York Supreme Court)
  • Represented international snack foods company in trademark appeal on issues of genericness and acquired distinctiveness in Real Foods Pty Ltd. v. Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

Stephanie Spangler was selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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