Erica B. E. Rogers

Intellectual Property Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9186 Fax 919.277.9177
Email ebrogers@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Erica assists individuals, small businesses, and large corporations with a wide array of intellectual property matters.  Her practice focuses on trademark selection and clearance, trademark prosecution and registration, and trademark portfolio management.  She also routinely engages in trademark disputes, including drafting cease and desist letters, negotiating coexistence agreements, and handling cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  Erica assists with copyright matters, often in the form of counseling clients on ownership, acquisition, protection, and enforcement.  She resolves internet and domain law issues and develops terms of use and privacy policies for websites and mobile applications.  She understands the personal, financial, and meaningful effort clients invest in their intellectual property, and her background and work reflects this understanding.

Prior to joining Ward and Smith, P.A., Erica received her J.D. from The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property law program in 2016, a top-10 intellectual property program in the Unites States, where she was an associate editor of the IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.  While in law school, she interned with Sony Music Entertainment's Legal Affairs Department in New York, NY and completed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Law School Trademark Clinic Certification.

Education

  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2016. Editor, IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.
  • B.A., Spanish, Meredith College, 2013
  • B.M., piano performance, Meredith College, 2013

Honors and Distinctions*

"Tomorrow's Leader," International Trademark Association, 2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Young Lawyers' Division; Intellectual Property Law
  • Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
  • Triangle ArtWorks Law + ArtWorks

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina, 2018

About Me

Practicing intellectual property law allows me to be at the intersection of creativity and structure. My desire to be in this profession stems from studying piano performance (and Spanish) in college. When I realized a career in music was not for me, I was pushed to law. I discovered lawyers could work for musicians, and working in intellectual property law is the logical continuation of that discovery. It is motivating to provide the legal structure to support the continuous creativity of businesses and individuals, and that's not to say there isn't a lot of creativity in the practice of law – there is both. I'm confident that is why I love the practice of law. It is the constant challenge, the drive to help others, and the unpredictability that motivate me.  
 
If you really want to know me, let's talk about one of my favorite topics – international travel and understanding different religions and cultures, or on a less serious note, ask me about my cat Carnegie."

* 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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