ERIC PERROTT, ESQ.
Eric Perrott is a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm, PLLC. He has helped thousands of clients, from start-ups to multi-national corporations, register and protect their trademarks, including the filing of over 1,500 trademark applications with the USPTO, successfully overturning hundreds of Office Actions issued by USPTO examining attorneys, obtaining ex parte and inter partes rulings for his clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and, most importantly, providing individualized client counseling catering to the client’s needs, industry and budget. Eric also uses his knowledge of new technology and online platforms to provide clients with advice online marketplace infringement on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and to counsel clients on how to protect their brands on social media and within domain names (including UDRP proceedings.)
Mr. Perrott is a skilled negotiator and represents clients in all manner of trademark and copyright enforcement and defense matters.
From being a featured speaker at the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Center, to being quoted by CNBC, BloombergBNA and more, Mr. Perrott regularly shares his knowledge of trademark law to organizations and news outlets, while regularly publishing articles for those looking to protect their valuable brands and intellectual property.
Eric is involved with ABA Leadership, as the Chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Division’s Committee on USPTO Operations Related to Trademarks, spear-heading the ABA’s official comments and responses to USPTO policies changes and helping to provide fellow practitioners with information and updates on USPTO prosecution, ex parte appeals, and inter partes proceedings.
Successfully argued the reversal of a USPTO Examining Attorney’s “likelihood of confusion” final refusal before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. (In re Scram Software Pty Ltd., Proc. No. 86658580)
Successfully argued the dismissal of a Notice of Opposition before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on the merits brought on the basis of likelihood of confusion and fraud (Marathon Tours, Inc. v. Richard Donovan, Proc. No. 91214916).
Successfully secured the transfer of infringing domain pursuant to the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (Lotto Logic Limited v. Ricky Thys, Case No. DWS2017-0001)
Successfully argued the reversal of a USPTO Examining Attorney’s “merely descriptive” final refusal before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (In re Global Growers Foods Company Limited, Proc. No. 87036671).
Successfully secured the transfer of infringing domain pursuant to the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (Gerben Law Firm, PLLC v. Whois Privacy Corp., Case No. D2018-1851)
American University Washington College of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude
At the Washington College of Law, Eric helped found the American University Intellectual Property Brief, serving as its Editor-and-Chief in 2011-2012. Eric was the captain of the moot court team participating in INTA’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in 2011, leading the team to a third-place finish in the Northeast-regional competition in New York City. Eric also gained valuable experience interning with the Future of Music Coalition, the U.S. Copyright Office, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
The University of Florida
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
At the University of Florida, Eric studied history, focusing on the history of science and technology. While at UF, Eric was a part of the 2006-2008 Handball National Champion and would also win honors as a Florida state champion.
Doctored Trademark Specimens at the USPTO: Analysis of the Plague of Fake Specimens Threatening to Undermine the Principal Register, Landslide, Vol. 11 No. 1 (Sept./Oct. 2018) – Article here
The USPTO should require foreign applicants to engage US counsel: guest op-ed, World Trademark Review (July 24, 2018) – Article here
Beverage Master Magazine, Utilizing ‘Non-Traditional’ Trademarks to Stand Out and Build Your Brewery’s Brand (April/May 2016)
Beverage Master Magazine, Craft Brewers & Trademarks: What Beer Brands Need to Know (February/March, 2016)
The American University Intellectual Property Brief, Copyright in the Classroom: Why Comprehensive Copyright Education is Necessary in United States K-12 Education Curriculum(April 25, 2011)
Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia
Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Admitted to appear before the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia