Cheryl L. Black, Senior Counsel to the firm, has broad experience in intellectual property matters as a former government lawyer, private practitioner and in-house counsel. She has extensive experience providing guidance and counseling on various aspects of domestic and international intellectual property portfolio management, with an emphasis on trademark strategy, preparation, prosecution, maintenance, licensing, and enforcement.
As a legal consultant and college instructor, Cheryl is passionate about equipping current and future entrepreneurs, lawyers and business leaders with an understanding of the volatility of law, such as intellectual property, privacy, and employment, caused by social media and other new and emerging technologies. With that understanding, she is able to help them develop risk management strategies needed to operate businesses in the twenty-first century.
Cheryl worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she examined thousands of trademark applications as a Trademark Examining Attorney, wrote petition decisions, office policies and procedures and drafted regulations, including the rules to implement the Madrid Protocol in the U.S., as a Staff Attorney for the Commissioner of Trademarks, and advised the USPTO on policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees relating to the trademark operation as a Trademark Public Advisory Committee Member. In her role as principal for a mid-sized law firm in Richmond, Virginia, Cheryl expanded her IP practice to include trademark and copyright transactional and pre-litigation matters and was instrumental in the growth of the firm’s IP practice. As general counsel for a global multi-company private enterprise, she was responsible for all matters related to IP and also provided oversight, guidance and/or representation on employment, litigation, regulatory compliance, and data security issues and other legal matters.
Cheryl has spoken extensively on IP topics for various organizations and bar associations.
Cheryl is a mentor and coach to post-millennial young adults (including her own sons) who want to live powerfully and communicate effectively in their professional and personal relationships. She enjoys participation in acting classes and theatre showcases, and has joined the growing number of active adults in the U.S., including her husband, who play pickleball as their lifetime sport.
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