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Nicole Berkowitz

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Nicole Berkowitz focuses her practice in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation.

Featured Experience

Obtained injunctive relief and favorable settlement for casual dining franchisor in breach of contract and trademark infringement dispute with former franchisee.

Successfully represented national real estate investment trust in arbitration proceedings in which plaintiff had sought more than $75 million in damages for the alleged breach of contract and tortious interference with business relationships.

Assisted in achieving favorable resolution in complex patent infringement case involving technology for vehicle monitoring and tracking United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Berkowitz has a diverse practice assisting clients in various intellectual property litigation matters. She has substantial experience litigating patent, trademark, and copyright infringement disputes as well as unfair competition and trade secret matters. Ms. Berkowitz has also handled a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters.

Ms. Berkowitz litigates intellectual property disputes before district courts throughout the United States, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Berkowitz also advises clients on the identification, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights and has expansive experience in drafting and negotiating intellectual property license agreements, assignments, and non-disclosure agreements.

Ms. Berkowitz is a cabinet member of the Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) Campaign for Equal Justice.  In this role, she played a large role in coordinating fundraising efforts on behalf of the Young Lawyers Committee. 

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Berkowitz clerked for the Honorable Jon Phipps McCalla, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Representative Matters
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition

  • Successfully petitioned for injunctive relief in trade secret misappropriation case involving customer lists and proprietary financial data.

  • Obtained injunctive relief and favorable settlement for broker-dealer firm in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract case pending before FINRA.

  • Frequently provide guidance to clients on best practices for protecting and maintaining trade secrets.

  • Trademark & Copyright

  • Obtained injunctive relief and favorable settlement for casual dining franchisor in breach of contract and trademark infringement dispute with former franchisee.

  • Assisted in achieving favorable settlement in complex litigation alleging violations of the Visual Artists Rights Act and constitutional violations.

  • Successfully petitioned for permanent injunctive relief in trademark infringement dispute against competitor trucking company.

  • Successfully enforced numerous trademarks and copyrights in disputes regarding counterfeit and imitation products sold on Amazon, Alibaba, and Etsy.

  • Negotiated favorable settlements in numerous trademark infringement disputes on behalf of consumer product manufacturers, health care providers, property management companies, and businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industry. 

  • Represented trademark owner in federal court action involving trademark infringement claims for products sold on Amazon.

  • Prosecuted and defended numerous trademark opposition actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

  • Manage and enforce trademark portfolios for multiple health care providers, consumer product manufacturers, financial services companies, and retail businesses.

  • Patent

  • Assisted in achieving favorable resolution in complex patent infringement case involving technology for vehicle monitoring and tracking United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Assisted in negotiating favorable settlement in patent infringement case involving traffic control technology in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

  • Represented client in a patent infringement case involving multiple design patents for electronic household appliances.

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully represented national real estate investment trust in arbitration proceedings in which plaintiff had sought more than $75 million in damages for the alleged breach of contract and tortious interference with business relationships.

  • Assisted in achieving favorable settlement of shareholder class action against a corporation's board of directors and officers, in which the plaintiffs alleged breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with multi-billion dollar merger agreement.

  • Represented fast casual restaurant chain against shareholder class action alleging violations of federal securities law in connection with cash-out merger.

  • Assisted in achieving favorable settlement on behalf of national automotive service chain in complex breach of contract matter.

  • Successfully petitioned the Tennessee Court of Appeals to overturn the trial court's denial partial summary judgment in an interpleader/breach of contract dispute.

  • Prevailed on motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in two related cases in which plaintiffs sought to impose liability on parent company.

  • Successfully opposed an award of attorney's fees following a disclosure-only settlement in shareholder class action in connection with a multi-billion dollar acquisition.

  • Achieved dismissal of majority of claims and negotiated favorable settlement of suit alleging violations of the Tennessee Litigation Financing Consumer Protection Act against a litigation financier.

  • Represented amicus curiae in a landmark Tennessee Supreme Court case involving the statute of limitations in breach of contract actions.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in IP Law (2019)
  • Cabinet Member – Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign for Equal Justice, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Associate Member – Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court
  • Dean's Leadership Award – Washington University School of Law (2015)
Publications
Speaking Engagements

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2015, summa cum laude
    • Washington University Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. in Economics, 2012

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2016
  • Missouri, 2015
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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