Angela is experienced in the trademark selection, clearance, and registration process and routinely prepares, files, and prosecutes trademark and service mark applications, as well as litigates opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign jurisdictions. She has extensive experience with strategic planning and management of intellectual property rights, including intellectual property audits to assist clients with the identification of intellectual property assets and the related risks and opportunities.
Angela is rated by her peers as "preeminent" in her respective areas of law and serves on the executive board of the 600+ member Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and on the North Carolina State Bar Board of Specialization Trademark Law Committee. She has White Belt and Yellow Belt certifications in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute.
The motto that most inspires me and exemplifies my motivation is Pay It Forward. The idea that helping others is not about a reciprocal benefit, but the hope that the recipient, when able, will in turn help someone else that needs it is something I strive to instill in my daughter every day.
One surprising thing people don't know about me is that I'm an introvert. This is surprising to those that know me because I am not shy with my opinions, often speak to large groups, serve in several leadership roles, and can have hard conversations without mincing words. My introversion means I prefer to listen rather than speak, observe rather than act, and avoid the limelight which is contrary to the typical attorney personality profile. This personality trait often allows me to consider resolutions and opportunities others may miss and work more collaboratively with a diverse group.
My favorite fictional character is the Cheshire Cat with his mischievous grin and perplexing yet amusing commentary. The Cheshire Cat engages Alice in ways that are, to Alice, annoying or baffling but after reflection allow her to view her situation through alternate paradigms. We all need a Cheshire Cat in our lives to help us view the world from different perspectives and appreciate that most everyone is mad here; you may notice that I'm not always all there myself.
* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.
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