Sally M. Abel is Chair of the Trademark Group, focusing her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights on-line
Sally has repeatedly won international, national, state and Silicon Valley accolades as a preeminent trademark lawyer. The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2013 ranked her among the top three trademark lawyers in the U.S.—the only one of the three specializing in counseling and prosecution—and the top 10 trademark lawyers in the world.
Other recent recognition includes:
Sally was a pioneer in the international debate over trademark rights on the Internet, including serving as INTA’s representative on the 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), the international body organized by the Internet Society, to restructure the domain name system. At the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Sally also participated in WIPO’s First Meeting of Consultants on Trademarks and Internet Domain Names held in Geneva in February, 1997. Through WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum, she has served as a neutral panelist in over 60 domain name disputes brought under ICANN’s UDRP system.
Sally was a member of the Board of Directors of INTA from May 1998 to May 2000. She chaired INTA’s Internet Subcommittee for two years, from 1996 to 1998, developed and chaired INTA’s Enforcement Committee, and currently serves on INTA’s US Legislation Committee and Panel of Neutrals. She writes and lectures internationally on trademarks and the Internet and teaches international trademark law and practice at Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law).