Sally Abel Named One of the World's Top Women IP Lawyers

Mountain View, CA (May 25, 2016)– Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Managing Intellectual Property has recognized trademark chair Sally Abel among the world’s top women intellectual property lawyers.

Abel has appeared on the Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP list for three consecutive years. The list previously honored exceptional female IP practitioners in the United States only, but this year expanded to include women worldwide.

“In an era of globalization, the field of intellectual property grows more and more complex with each year,” Managing IP wrote. “These professionals, hailing from a wide assortment of countries, are the stars of the global IP regime.”

“Working with companies across the globe who are developing life-changing, innovative technologies is incredibly rewarding,” Abel said. “And in the rapidly evolving global market, IP professionals need to move quickly and innovate as never before.”

Founder and chair of Fenwick’s trademark group, Abel focuses her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights online.

For more than 25 years, Abel has been at the forefront of international trademark policy and brand enforcement and enhancement, providing innovative and strategic counseling, prosecution and policing services, including online, paperless management of international trademark portfolios, to brand name technology companies, such as Cisco Systems, Facebook, NVIDIA and Symantec. Under Abel’s management, Fenwick’s trademark group has handled thousands of U.S. and foreign trademark applications, registrations and assignments.

In 2015, Who’s Who Legal named Abel the number one trademark lawyer in the United States. Chambers USA and Chambers Global consistently rank her among the top trademark lawyers, as does World Trademark Review 1000. She has also been recognized as an Intellectual Property Trailblazer by The National Law Journal and one of the most influential women in business bySan Francisco Business Times.

The full IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP is available through the IP Stars website. Managing IP compiles the list through four months of research, interviews and surveys. Only a small number of those interviewed make the final list, with the winners representing every major area of IP law including trademark, copyright and patent litigation, patent prosecution and trade secret litigation.

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