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).
- 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.
- AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
- 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
- Serves as an editor and contributor for Finnegan's trademark blog Incontestable®.
- Coauthor. "Second Circuit Upholds Finding of Willful Infringement on Summary Judgment Against Fendi Counterfeiter" IP Litigator, May/June 2013.
- Coauthor. "Diversity from the Corporate Perspective," Landslide, March/April 2013.
- Coauthor. "Testing the Extraterritorial Limits of the Lanham Act: Are Counterfeiters' Overseas Assets and Bank Records Within Reach?" IP Litigator, July/Aug. 2012.
- Coauthor. "Courts Show Willingness to Grant Sweeping Injunctive Relief to Stop the Next Generation of Counterfeiters," IP Litigator, Jan./Feb. 2012.
- Coauthor. "ECJ Issues L'Oreal v. eBay Ruling: Online Marketplaces Can Be Liable for Counterfeit Goods," IP Litigator, Sept./Oct. 2011.
- "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Finalized Amid Controversy," IP Litigator, March/April 2011.
- Coauthor. "The Second Circuit's Decision in Tiffany v. eBay," IP Litigator, May/June 2010.
- Coauthor. "Removal of UPC Labels Subverts Trademark Owner Quality Controls and Constitutes Material Difference," IP Litigator, Jan./Feb. 2010.
- Coauthor. "New Directions for Laches Defence," World Trademark Review, Aug./Sept. 2009.