Mitchell H. Stabbe

Office Washington DC

Mitch has assisted clients in virtually all aspects of trademark law over the last 35 years, staying one step ahead of the curve as changes in trademark law have struggled to keep up with changes in technology. He has represented companies from a wide array of industries, including communications, media, publishing, technology start-ups, education, not-for-profit associations, real estate leasing, banking, and premium cigars.

Clients turn to Mitch for his breadth of knowledge, creative solutions, and practical common sense. Today, Mitch focuses on the ever-evolving interplay between trademarks and the Internet. For example, Mitch advises clients issues arising from on the roll-out of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as well as the protections available against cybersquatting and other domain name abuses.

Mitch also counsels clients on the availability, registration, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks and service marks. He has successfully prosecuted over a thousand applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office, handled numerous trademark and copyright infringement and unfair competition claims (including civil actions in federal court against infringers, cybersquatters and gray market importers), adversary proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) involving the right to register a trademark, and over fifty claims under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to compel the transfer of domain names registered in bad faith. In addition, he drafts and negotiates contracts, licenses, assignments and security interests involving intellectual property rights.

  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2020)
  • WTR 1000
  • INTA Famous and Well Known Marks Committee
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  • March Madness Trademarks: Tips To Avoid A Foul Call from the NCAA (2021 Update – Part 2)
  • March Madness Trademarks: Tips to Avoid a Foul Call from the NCAA (2021 Update – Part 1)
  • “U.S. Dilution Case Law Database Provides Insights on Proving the Fame of Marks,” Co-Author, INTA Bulletin, Vol. 74, No. 21 (Dec. 15, 2019)
  • “March Madness:  Nothing But Net for Trademark Infringement Claims,” Broadcast Law Blog (March 15, 2019)
  • “As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2019 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions,” Co-Author with Michael Keegan, Broadcast Law Blog (Jan. 23, 2019)
  • “Solve for ‘X’:  ‘NFL’ is to ‘Super Bowl’ as ‘USOC’ is to ‘Olympics’ as ‘NCAA’ is to ‘X’,” Broadcast Law Blog (March 15, 2018)
  • “The Super Bowl is Over – Let’s Talk About the Olympics and Trademarks,” Broadcast Law Blog (Feb. 5, 2018)
  • “As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2018 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions,” Broadcast Law Blog (Jan. 11, 2018)
  • “INTA Study Provides Data on How Brands Are Using New gTLD Program,” Co-Author, INTA Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 12 (July 15, 2017)
  • “‘Where seldom is heard a discouraging word?’  Supreme Court Allows the Federal Registration of Disparaging Trademarks,” Broadcast Law Blog (June 22, 2017)
  • “Accepting Advertising for Marijuana or Marijuana Paraphernalia: The Trademark Office Rules on a Related Issue that Provides More Reason For Caution,” Broadcast Law Blog (Dec. 13, 2016)
  • “Trademark Tuesday, Election Day Special – Trademark Tales from the Campaign Trail,” Co-Author with Kelly Donohue, Broadcast law Blog (Nov. 16, 2016)
  • “Court of Appeals Rules that Prohibition Against Federal Registration of Disparaging Trademarks is Unconstitutional Restriction of Free Speech,” Broadcast Law Blog (Dec. 27, 2015)
  • “A Strategy in Five Easy Pieces (New gTLD Domain Name Registrations),” 51 World Trademark Review 111 (Oct./Nov. 2014)
  • “Keyword Advertising Trademark Infringement Litigation: An Uphill Battle,” 41 World Trademark Review 94 (Feb. Mar. 2013)
  • “Protect Your Rights: Preparing for the Impact of New gTLDs on Domain Name Management in the United States,” 37 World Trademark Review World Trademark Review 118 (June/July 2012)
  • “‘Reveal Day’ for New Generic Top Level Domain Applications” (June 18, 2012)
  • “New gTLDs Update – New gTLD Applications Will Be Published on June 13 – Some Applicants Have Offered A Sneak Preview” (June 11, 2012)
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Law Restoring Copyright Protection to Foreign Works,” (Jan. 20, 2012)
  • “Coming Soon – For Better or Worse – Unlimited Numbers of New Generic Top Level Domains” (Dec. 15, 2011)
  • “Protecting Your Marks in the .xxx Domain,” (Aug. 4, 2011)
  • “Keyword Advertising: To Buy or Not to Buy?,” 4 MLRC Bulletin (Dec. 2007)
  • “You’ve Got to Fight for Your Right to Trademark,” 28 American Journalism Review 64 (April/May 2006)
  • “Fair or Foul: Using Sport Teams’ Trademarks Can Cost the Media Money,” 27 American Journalism Review 68 (Aug./Sept. 2005)
  • “Developments In Domain Name Disputes In The United States Courts,” Supplement to INTA’s “Trademark Law & The Internet: Issues, Case Law and Practice Tips” (2003)
  • “Guarding Marks on the Web,” Legal Times (April 12, 1999)
  • “New Day Dawning for Domain Names,” The Internet Newsletter: Legal & Business Aspects (March 1998)
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Speeches and Presentations
  • “Use of Trademarks and Celebrity Images in Movies, TV, Video Games & Other Media,” Lawline CLE Webinar (Oct. 26, 2018 | New York, NY)
  • “Where the Medium is the Message: Rights of Publicity & Traditional Media,” AIPLA Spring Meeting (April 29, 2015 | Los Angeles, California)
  • “Keyword Advertising and Trademark Infringement,” Strafford CLE Webinar (Aug. 27, 2013)
  • “Keyword Advertising and Trademark Infringement,” Strafford CLE Webinar (April 29, 2010)
  • “Trademark Searching On The Internet,” INTA Annual Meeting (May 16, 2005 | San Diego, California)
  • “The Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction by United States Courts in Internet-Related Disputes,” INTA Trademarks in Cyberspace Conference 2003 (Sept. 23, 2003 | Arlington, Virginia)
  • “New Issues in Trademarks, Cyberspace and Internet Law,” INTA 2002 U.S. Trademark Basics Program (Feb. 5, 2002 | Dallas, Texas)
  • “Protecting Your Trademarks In Cyberspace,” ACI Online Insurance Transactions Conference (Nov. 13, 2001 | New York, NY)
  • “Domain Name Registration In The Age Of Competition,” INTA Cyberspace Conference 2000 (Oct. 16, 2000 | Boston, Massachusetts)
  • “Protecting Trademarks in Cyberspace,” 40th Annual Conference, National Association of College and University Attorneys (June 26, 2000 | Washington, D.C.)
  • “How to Litigate a Trademark Case,” District of Columbia Bar 2000 Winter Convention (March 3, 2000 | Washington, D.C.)
  • “How to Litigate a Trademark Case,” District of Columbia Bar /George Washington University Continuing Legal Education Program (Jan. 26, 1999 | Washington, D.C.)
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Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Florida
  • J.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., University of Rochester