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Lydia Temesgien Gobena

Practice Description
Lydia counsels and advises clients on international trademark, industrial design, copyright, and unfair competition issues. She develops strategies for acquiring, enforcing and assigning intellectual property rights with an emphasis on foreign laws and international treaties, and litigates international and multi-country conflicts. Lydia advises clients on related IP transactional issues in the context of IP portfolio audits and due diligence for acquisitions or divestitures. She also conducts global trademark clearance projects including analysis and evaluation of search data and related risks, investigations and negotiations relating to prior third party rights, and implementing global filing strategy. Finally, she advises on domain name protection for ccTLDs and gTLDs.

Lydia has represented a diverse international clientele including well-known fashion and apparel brands, a luxury goods company, a leading provider of engineering and architectural software, one of the world's largest music and entertainment companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, a famous character, beverage and sports brands. Lydia has succeeded in securing court and trademark office decisions for major brand owners acknowledging the fame of their trademarks in jurisdictions around the world, thereby preventing the registration and, in certain instances use, of infringing third party trademarks. Lydia has also succeeded in the protection of non-traditional trademarks, such as single colors and sound.

University of Toronto (B.A., 1991); University of London (LL.B., Hons., 1995); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., with distinction, 1996).

Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers®, 2018-2017.
Named to Who's Who Legal: Trademarks, 2017.
Noted by Legal 500 US Guide, 2014-2012 and 2007-2006.
Included in WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2014, 2013.
Described as “outstanding” by Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks, 2014.
Listed by the International Who's Who Of Trademark Lawyers, 2013.

Professional Activities
Chair, Famous and Well Known Marks Team of MARQUES. 

New York State
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Speaking Engagements
May 2014: INTA Annual Conference in Hong Kong: Battling for Brands: Strategies for Dealing with Private Labels.
April 2013: 21st Annual Fordham International Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference: Color Marks: E.U. and US Recent Developments.
June 2012: AIPLA Trademark Boot Camp: International Trademark Basics.
June 2011: The New York State Bar Association’s 9th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law Program in New York City.
October 2008: AIPLA Annual Meeting: Absolute Grounds for Refusal in the EU and Non-Traditional Trademarks.
October 2007: INTA Trademark Administrators Conference: Madrid and Filing Strategies.

Published Works

European Courts Address Olfactory Trademarks

The National Law Journal, January 23, 2006

Clearing Up the "Gray" Areas

Legal Times