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Naresh Kilaru
+1 202 408 4236
naresh.kilaru@finnegan.com

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • George Washington University Law School
    J.D., 2002
  • Harvard University
    B.A., magna cum laude, 1999

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

Naresh Kilaru

Partner

Naresh Kilaru focuses his practice on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, and right-of-publicity law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation, including cases involving computer source code, traditional trademarks, product packaging and product configuration trade dress, false advertising, counterfeiting, gray-market goods, and domain names. Mr. Kilaru is also involved in domestic and international trademark prosecution. He counsels clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Kilaru's broad experience in U.S. district court and appellate litigation includes jury trials, examining witnesses and handling oral arguments, conducting mock trials, taking and defending depositions, coordinating expert discovery, overseeing the design and implementation of trademark surveys, participating in hearings and judicial conferences, negotiating settlements, and representing clients in mediations. In addition, he has authored numerous briefs and motions on a wide range of issues, including motions for and against temporary restraining orders, ex parte seizures, asset freezes, expedited and ex parte discovery, preliminary injunctive relief, summary judgment, and appeals. Mr. Kilaru has also litigated numerous cases at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Highlights

  • Pucci International, Ltd. v. Emilio Pucci International B.V. (TTAB). Served as first chair counsel for fashion house Emilio Pucci in successful litigation against company attempting to register a similar name at the USPTO.
  • Shell Oil Co. v. Warren Unilube, Inc. (S.D. Tex.). Served as second chair counsel for Shell Oil in trade dress infringement litigation that settled successfully the day before trial.
  • Issue editor of Landslide magazine, the American Bar Association's bimonthly publication on intellectual property law, 2011-present.
  • Fellow of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2016.
  • Pro bono activities include representing political asylum seekers through Human Rights First and giving regular presentations on trademark and copyright law to local small business owners and artists for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
  • Previously served as in-house counsel at Turner Broadcasting System and advised internal business clients on all aspects of copyright and entertainment law, including clearances of rights, content agreements, production agreements, distribution agreements, transactional issues, and due diligence, 2005-2006.
  • Served as a writing fellow and was an active member of The George Washington University International Law Review and the Moot Court Board while in law school, 2000-2002.

Professional Recognition

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (chair, IP Transactions & Licensing Committee, Section on Intellectual Property Law, 2013-present; vice chair,  Trademark Litigation Committee, Section on Intellectual Property Law, 2012-present)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (member, U.S. Trademark Law Committee, 2012-present)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Council for International Business (member, Intellectual Property Committee, 2008-present)
  • International Trademark Association (member, Young Practitioners Committee, 2014-2015)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (member, Section on Intellectual Property Law, 2002-present)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National South Asian Bar Association

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