Belinda J. Scrimenti

Office Washington DC

Belinda protects her clients’ intellectual property rights at all stages of their brand’s life cycle, from counseling and clearance to trademark prosecution, enforcement, and litigation. She has a wealth of experience managing large domestic and international trademark portfolios. Her national litigation experience includes cases involving trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, domain name, copyright, counterfeiting, and false advertising in more than 40 federal court districts and divisions, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Belinda also has extensive experience protecting non-traditional marks on a global scale, including single-color, sound, and motion marks. She is a frequent author and speaker on IP issues, has served on numerous International Trademark Association committees, and co-chaired the DC Bar Intellectual Property Community Steering Committee. Repeatedly ranked by the World Trademark Review in the WTR 1000, as well as by “Super Lawyers,” and by Who’s Who Legal, Belinda is admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions and numerous Federal courts.

  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 Top Trademark Lawyer, Silver Rank (2019-2024)
  • IP Stars Trade Mark Star (2023)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington DC (2014-2024)
  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 Top Trademark Lawyer, Bronze Rank (2018)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks, World’s Leading Trademark Lawyers (2012-2021)
  • DC Bar Intellectual Property Community, Steering Committee (2019-2022)
  • International Trademark Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Legal 500, Ranked (2019)
  • Expert Guides, World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers, Trademarks (2016)
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Recognized (2013-2015)
  • Top Women Lawyers in Illinois, Chicago Magazine (2014)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
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Speeches and Presentations
  • Protecting Its Customers and Itself: How the United States Patent and Trademark Office Is Responding to Fraud and Fighting Back,” 2022 International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 2022)
  • “Scandalous Marks One Year Later: The Impact of Brunetti and the PTO’s Commonplace Words Doctrine,” DC Bar, Washington, D.C. (May 2020)
  • In re and the Shifting Sands of Trademark Genericness Rulings” Table Topic, INTA Annual Meeting, Singapore (April 2020)
  • “The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence With Trademark and Copyright Law,” a live and video-streamed presentation for the legal department of an international corporate client (November 2019)
  • Hot Topics at the U.S. Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board,” panel featuring Hon. Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner of Trademarks, Hon. Sharon Marsh, Deputy Commissioner of Trademarks for Examination Policy, and Hon. Gerard Rogers, Chief Judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, DC Bar IP Community Program, co-sponsored by the Virginia State Bar IP Section, INTA, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, Washington, DC in-person and by national webcast available to non-members (June 2019).
  • “The Increasing Importance of Non-Traditional Marks and How Best to Protect Them,” Live program and webinar, DC Bar, Washington, DC (June 2018)
  • “Lunch with a Lawyer with the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Community,” DC Bar, Washington, DC (May 2018)
  • “Trademarks and Branding – Best Practices for Protection of Marks and Proper Use of Others’ Marks,” Legal and Marketing Departments of International Corporate Client, Santa Clara, CA (May 2018)
  • “Principles of Trademark Law and Protection,” Legal Department of International Corporate Client, San Jose, CA (May 2018)
  • Moderator, “The TTAB and Genericness – Are Recent Rulings an Evolution or Revolution?” Table Topic, INTA Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (May 2016)
  • Moderator, “Could Color Alone be a Meaningful Marketing Tool? What Conditions Are Required and In Which Situations?” INTA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (May 2015)
  • Panelist, “Do You Hear What I Hear?: Advising Clients on the Registration of Non-Traditional Trademark Sounds,” ABA Webinar (March 2015)
  • “The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Tactical Use of Offensive Counterclaims in IP Litigation,” Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Chicago, IL (February 2015)
  • “The Blonde, the Red Shoe, the Round-Cornered Rectangles: Debating the Frontiers of Trade Dress Law,”ABA 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, VA (April 2013)
  • 100 Years of Seeing RED – A Historical Perspective on the Second Circuit’s “Red-Sole Shoe” Mark Decision in Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent, JurisDiction Blog Podcast Interview
  • “Commercial and IP Law Department – Trademarks” practice segment, Fortune 500 company’s Law Firm Summit (January 2013)
  • “The Color of Love (and Other Things) – Trademarks and Aesthetic Functionality,” Pattishall CLE presentation (June 2012)
  • “The Rise and Fall of Aesthetic Functionality,” ABA 27th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, VA (March 2012).
  • “How Do Small Women-Owned Businesses Protect Intellectual Property?,” Women’s Business Development Center’s “Connection Points,” Chicago, IL (December 2011).
  • “It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Trademark – It’s a Theme, It’s Colorful, It’s Noisy, It Moves, It’s Shapely, It Lights Up, etc. (“The Creative World of Trade Dress and Non-Traditional Marks”),” Texas Bar CLE Program, Austin, Texas (October 2011).
  • “Clearance of Chinese Character Trademarks,” Pattishall presentation (January 2010)
  • “It’s Noisy, It Smells, It Moves, It’s Your Color, It’s Shapely, It’s Flavorful, It Lights Up, It’s Got Texture – It Might Just Be a Non-Traditional Trademark!” Pattishall CLE presentation (July 2009)
  • “Your Association is a Brand — Protect it Like One: Hot Topics on Protection of Trade and Professional Association Intellectual Property Rights,” Chicago Bar Association (December 2008).
  • “The Foundation Of International Enforcement Against Counterfeiting – International Trademark Registration And Border Control Registration Protections,” IQPC Seminar (September 2007).
  • “Worldwide Registration to Protect Brands,” IQPC/Legal IQ Workshop (October 2006).
  • “The Borders Beyond – Using U.S. and Foreign Customs Agencies To Halt Exportation and Importation of Counterfeits Worldwide,” INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Forum (February 2005).
  • “Filing and Prosecution Strategies,” INTA Madrid 101 Distance Learning Seminar (December 2003).
  • “Navigating Copyright and Trademark Basics,” IACC Meeting Enforcement Seminar & Handbook (October 2000).
  • “Damages in Trademark Cases,” IACC Meeting (October 1998).
  • “Success in Trade Dress Litigation Can Mean More Than An Injunction – The Tools Plaintiffs Need To Improve Prospects For Monetary Relief,” INTA Spring Forum on Trade Dress (February 1997).
  • “Defending Copyright Infringement Claims Involving the ‘Total Look and Feel’ of Literary or Artistic Works,” AIPLA Annual Meeting (1995).
  • “Annual Trends in Anticounterfeiting: 1994-1995,” IACC Meeting (1995).
  • “Fundamentals of Copyright” and “Protection of Copyrights in Judicial Reports – From the 19th Century to West Publishing Co. v. Mead Data Central, Inc. to Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co.,” Association of Judicial Court Reporters Annual Meeting (1991).
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Bar Admissions
  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit
    • Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Virginia
    • District of Maryland
    • District of District of Columbia
    • Northern District of Ohio
    • Eastern District of Michigan
  • B.S., Ohio University
  • J.D., Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law