Noel M. Cook
Noel co-chairs the firm's Intellectual Property practice. He concentrates on trademark and copyright enforcement, litigation, counseling, prosecution, and licensing. He specializes in the protection and enforcement of trademarks, designs, images, and a variety of other content. Noel has worked with clients in a variety of fields, including the outdoor and retail industries, software/internet, product and furniture design, character merchandising, food and beverage, music, and insurance coverage.
Noel is a member of the INTA Board of Directors and the Copyright Society of the USA Board of Trustees, reflecting his leadership in the IP field. He is also a member of INTA's Panel of Mediators.
He is a frequent speaker on copyright and trademark law at INTA, Copyright Society and ABA meetings, among others, on topics including product design protection, trademarks on the Internet and damages in trademark and copyright cases. In addition, in 2017 Noel co-authored a US Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of INTA.
Areas of Focus
Associate Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
Admissions and Courts
Intellectual Property Practice Co-Leader
Major furniture retailer. Counseled the company on international protection of classic modern furniture designs and defended the retailer against multiple enforcement actions involving such designs. These matters settled favorably for the client through a mutually beneficial business deal.
International character merchandising and entertainment company. Led the team in preparing, filing and successfully arguing three concurrent trademark and copyright infringement actions, obtaining TROs, preliminary and permanent injunctions, monetary settlements, and consent judgments.
International outdoor apparel and gear retailer. Took over the management of the company’s global trademark portfolio, streamlining and re-focusing the scope of coverage in a cost-effective manner. As a result, the client saved tens of thousands of dollars while ensuring its important countries and classes of goods and services are covered.
The International Trademark Association (INTA), Member, Board of Directors, 2021-23; Copyright Committee Chair 2020-21, and Vice-Chair 2018-19
The INTA Mediation Panel, 2008-present
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Executive Committee Member, 2021-22, Trustee (two terms), and chapter chair
IP Advisory Council, University of Akron School of Law
"Mercedes-Benz Gears Up for Logo Showdown," World Intellectual Property (April 2023)
World Trademark Review, Bronze Category - "Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation" (2022-2024)