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Sally M. Abel

Partner, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7212

Overview

Sally Abel focuses her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights online.

Sally is ranked among the top 4 trademark lawyers in the United States in Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks as a Thought Leader for her “super reputation…as one of the ‘top’ names in trademark law.” She has repeatedly won other international, national, state and Silicon Valley accolades including:

  • Managing Intellectual Property: IP STAR and The Top 250 Women in IP (2014-2018)
  • The National Law Journal: Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers (2014)
  • World Trademark Review 1000: One of the top 9 trademark practitioners in the U.S. (Gold ranking 2012-2019)
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global: Band 1 (2009-2019)
  • Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide 2018

Sally was a pioneer in the international debate over trademark rights on the internet, including serving as the International Trademark Association’s representative on the 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee, the international body organized by the Internet Society, to restructure the domain name system. At the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization, 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 INTA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. She chaired INTA’s Internet Subcommittee for two years and developed and chaired INTA’s Enforcement Committee. She teaches trademark law annually at an IP conference for federal court judges and teaches international trademark law at Berkeley Law.