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Alexandra Nicholson

NicholsonAlexandra
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
T212.603.6433
F212.489.8340
Allie Nicholson focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property issues for many of the country's leading media and entertainment companies. Allie's trademark practice centers on worldwide brand management protection and enforcement, transactions and strategic planning. She has extensive experience in trademark selection, clearance, registration, maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation. Allie handles the management and enforcement of many worldwide intellectual property portfolios, including providing general counsel on a full range of trademark, copyright, content review, and advertising issues.

Allie's clients include: Sesame Workshop, Wenner Media (publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, and Men's Journal magazines), Home Box Office ("HBO"), Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports), MacMillan Publishers, Groupe Danone and Dannon Inc., China Central Television (CCTV), TheStreet.com, Artnet Worldwide Corp., FilmDistrict, Friendly Family Productions (producer and owner of "Little House on the Prairie" property), hibu Limited and its U.S. affiliate hibu Inc. (formerly Yell Limited and Yellowbook), Haights Cross Communications (including Recorded Books and Triumph Learning), and Virgin Enterprises Limited.

Representative Experience

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Sesame Workshop

Responsible for the worldwide trademark portfolio of Sesame Workshop, producer of Sesame Street and other renowned children's television programming, spanning nearly 100 countries around the world. Responsible for clearance, protection, licensing and claims/disputes including global protection strategy for all of the Workshop's entertainment properties and extensive merchandising. (Ongoing)

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Wenner Media

Outside trademark counsel to iconic music and entertainment magazine Rolling Stone, celebrity and fashion-defining entertainment magazine Us Weekly, and award-winning men’s magazine Men’s Journal, responsible for the magazines’ trademark portfolios, including clearance, protection, enforcement and licensing issues worldwide. (Ongoing)

Trademark services for Home Box Office (“HBO”)

Outside trademark counsel, responsible for providing trademark advice and expertise related to network’s extensive programming. (Ongoing)

Trademark services for MacMillan Publishers

Outside trademark counsel to global book publishing company, responsible for trademark clearance and protection of the company’s many global imprints and brands. (Ongoing)

Trademark services for Consumers Union

Outside trademark counsel to publisher of Consumer Reports, responsible for trademark advice and global enforcement services. (Ongoing)

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Responsible for the worldwide trademark portfolio of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., including clearance, policing and claims related to this portfolio, spanning the company's publishing, television, radio, online, and extensive merchandising programs.

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Crumbs Holdings, LLC

Responsible for worldwide trademark portfolio of national CRUMBS specialty cupcake bakery chain, including extensive policing and enforcement program.

Trademark services for TheStreet.com

Responsible for trademark search, clearance and prosecution services, as well as copyright and trademark protection, for celebrated financial and investment online publisher.

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Haights Cross Communications (including Recorded Books and Triumph Learning)

Responsible for management of trademark portfolios for publishing and educational testing businesses, including clearance, prosecution and enforcement. (Ongoing)

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Artnet Worldwide Corp.

Responsible for management of worldwide trademark portfolio for Artnet, the online information platform for the international art market, including clearance, prosecution and enforcement. (Ongoing) 

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for Apparition Films

Responsible for worldwide trademark portfolio for film production and distribution company responsible for award-winning films such as Bright Star and The Runaways. (Ongoing)

Worldwide trademark portfolio management for FilmDistrict

Responsible for worldwide trademark portfolio for film studio acquisition, production, distribution, and financing company, responsible for films such as Insidious, Soul Surfer, and In the Land of Blood and Honey. (Ongoing)

Outside intellectual property and trademark counsel for hibu Inc. (formerly Yellowbook)

Outside intellectual property counsel for hibu Inc., the country's largest independent publisher of yellow pages telephone directories and online directory services, responsible for the company's trademark and copyright matters and litigations, including advertising review. (Ongoing)

Trademark services for Virgin Enterprises Limited

Outside trademark counsel, responsible for providing trademark advice and expertise related to company’s extensive business ventures spanning airlines to entertainment properties.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair Committee on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (2014); Member (2001-2004; 1996-1999), Committee on Copyright and Literary Property (2005-2007), Committee on Entertainment Law (1999-2000) — Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • International Trademarks Association (INTA)
  • Copyright Society of the United States
  • Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Chair, Harvard Schools Committee of New York

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the "World Trademark Review WTR-1000-The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals," 2012-present
Alexandra Nicholson recognized in the WTR 1000, read release
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