Angela P. Doughty

North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law
252.672.5471 252.672.5477
apd@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Angela leads the firm's Intellectual Property practice and is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law.  She routinely counsels and assists clients with identifying, protecting, and enforcing their U.S. and international intellectual property rights; anti-counterfeiting and U.S. Customs matters; Internet and domain law issues, including proceedings before the National Arbitration Forum and World Intellectual Property Organization; website terms of use and privacy policies; branding and franchising agreements; software development and licensing transactions; managing domestic and international property portfolios; and negotiating the acquisition, licensing, and transfer of intellectual property rights.

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.

Education

  • J.D., Campbell Law School, 2005. Publishing Editor, Campbell Law Observer.
  • M.B.A., Campbell University, 2005
  • B.S., summa cum laude, North Carolina State University, 2002

Representative Experience

  • Representation of multimillion dollar manufacturer with regard to the registration, maintenance, and enforcement of its U.S. and international trademark portfolio spanning over 42 countries
  • Representation of the largest home appliances manufacturer in Europe in the development, implementation, and management of its U.S. brand management and enforcement policies
  • Representation of multiple high profile athletes with regard to intellectual property rights, sponsorship deals, social media, offensive and defensive domain registrations, privacy rights, and other legal issues
  • Representation of numerous clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Appeals Board in appeals matters, oppositions, and cancellation proceedings
  • Representation of numerous clients in the response and negotiation of settlements with various copyright rights management organizations, such as BSA, Getty Images, ASCAP, and BMI, against allegations of copyright infringement and license agreement violations
  • Representation of multiple small to mid-size craft beverages companies with the selection, registration, and enforcement of their brands
  • Representation of large financial institution with regard to its domain disputes, cybersquatting issues, trademark clearinghouse registrations, and gTLD strategies
  • Representation of nonprofit in the negotiation of a collaborative technology and software development and licensing agreement, hosting and maintenance agreement, and support services agreement
  • Representation of small business in the negotiation of co-existence agreement that allowed business to continue its operations despite cease and desist demand from large industry company

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2013 and 2015-2016
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • World Trademark Review 1000, 2017

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Brewers Association Associate Member
  • Craven County Bar Association (president 2007-2008) 
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • LawVision Women Leaders Boardroom
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Intellectual Property Law (Executive Committee 2014-present; Council Member 2010 - 2015; TM/Copyrights/Trade Secrets Chair 2010-2014; IP Links co-editor 2008 - 2010)
  • Tryon Civitan Club (board of directors; president-elect 2010-2011; president 2011-2012)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2005
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

About Me

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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