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   3Lisabeth H. CoakleyTroy(248) 641-1600coakley@hdp.comcoakley@hdp.comHarness Dickey & Pierce PLCwww.hdp.comwww.hdp.comcoakleylisabethh.jpgCopyright & Trademark LawIntellectual Property LawPatent LawAnti-CounterfeitingCopyrightsTrademarks
Lisabeth H.
Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC
5445 Corporate Dr Ste 200
Troy MI 48098
Ph.(248) 641-1600 Fx.(248) 641-0270Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Copyright & Trademark Law    Anti-Counterfeiting
Intellectual Property Law    Copyrights
Patent Law     Trademarks
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Coakley specializes in trademark matters with more than 35 years of combined experience as in-house and outside counsel. She works closely with clients to develop customized worldwide strategies to achieve their business objectives in branding, and prosecutes, enforces, licenses and maintains some of the world's most famous trademarks in over 120 countries. She has extensive prosecution and administrative litigation experience before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has first-chaired several civil jury trials. Her practice also includes issues involving counterfeit goods, customs enforcement and seizures; e-commerce, domain name disputes, dilution and unfair advertising and trade practices.

She assisted in developing the Harness Dickey's proprietary extranet portal, which allows clients to access, track and manage their entire IP portfolio online in real time.

In addition to providing clients with prompt and practical solutions, Ms. Coakley is a certified neutral commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She was appointed to the Panel of Neutrals for the INTA Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, is a certified mediator and has served as an expert witness and a teaching fellow. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and was in-house counsel for the world's largest retailer, where she held the positions of vice president and intellectual property counsel.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Law School:  Michigan State University, J.D., 1981

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Undergraduate School:  Oakland University, B.G.S., 1977

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  With honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
International Trademark Association
International Bar Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Association
American Bar Association
Master of the Bench, IP American Inns of Court

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Best Lawyers, Trademark Law, Litigation — Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers, "Trademark Lawyer of the Year" in Troy, 2018
  • Best Lawyers, "Women in the Law Top Peer-Nominated Lawyer" in Intellectual Property, 2016
  • Best Lawyers, "Trademark Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit, 2012
  • Best Lawyers, "Copyright Lawyer of the Year" in Troy, 2017
  • Best Lawyers, "Litigation Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit, 2015
  • DBusiness Magazine, "Top Lawyer," Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2018, 2019
  • DBusiness Magazine, "Top Lawyer," Litigation — Intellectual Property, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • International Law Office and Lexology (American Corporate Counsel) "Client Choice Award," for Intellectual Property — Michigan, 2015, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, "Top 10 Women Business Lawyers," "Top 100 Business Lawyers," "Top 100 Women Business Lawyers" in Michigan, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, recognized in Copyright/Trademark, Intellectual Property and Patents, 2014-present
  • Managing Intellectual Property, "IP Stars," 2013-2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property, "Top 250 Women in IP in the United States," 2014, 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Women in Law," 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Leaders in Law," 2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2008-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, "Michigan Top 50 Women," 2014
  • World Trademark Review, "WTR 1000," 2015-2019
  • Who's Who Legal, selected by clients and peers in Trademarks, 2014

Firm Description:  
Harness Dickey has obtained more than 65,000 patents for its clients since its founding in 1921 and currently manages more than 18,000 trademarks for clients around the globe. Presently ranked sixth among the nation’s top patent firms as reported by Law360, Harness Dickey safeguards critical IP assets on a global scale for Fortune 500 companies, private and public businesses, universities, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs. Harness Dickey has offices in the metropolitan areas of Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Visit and follow @harnessdickey for more information.

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