Seth I. Appel Partner
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Columbia Law School (J.D. 2004)
Cornell University (B.A. 2000)

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Seth I. Appel

Seth works with clients across a broad range of industries to protect and enforce their intellectual property. His practice covers all aspects of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and false advertising law, including IP clearance, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement. Seth has extensive experience litigating in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Seth currently serves as Co-Chair of the Copyright Society of the USA, Midwest Chapter. He also has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society.

Seth is a regular contributor to AIPPI e-News, the bimonthly newsletter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. His other publications include co-authorship of “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later? The Impact of MedImmune v. Genentech on Declaratory Judgment Actions in Trademark Disputes,” published in Volume 100 of The Trademark Reporter. Seth also is active in the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, where he recently served on a task force addressing the constitutionality of the Trademark Act’s prohibition against registration of disparaging marks.

Seth earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2004. He earned a B.A. in history from Cornell University in 2000, where he was a news and feature reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun. Before joining Pattishall, McAuliffe, Seth practiced intellectual property law for six years in San Francisco, California.