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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
United States

Work Department

Latin America Team; Intellectual Property; Litigation


Recognized for her intellectual property (IP) work, Karen A. Butcher advises clients on maximizing the value of their IP and protecting their intellectual assets. She focuses on brands, creative works, technology, and related IP. Karen handles transactions and helps clients to structure the ownership and licensing of IP within their corporate group and to resolve complex disputes when they arise. A practice leader in the firm’s intellectual property practice, Karen brings an international perspective to strategic business issues and regularly speaks and writes about IP.


Member, Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (2009–2012); Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals


University of Virginia; University of Virginia School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises household names across sectors from pharmaceuticals, media, healthcare, food and beverages to financial services, hospitality, education, retail and fashion. The practice is led by Karen Butcher, a specialist in trademark issues related to licensing, corporate reorganizations, strategic alliances and M&A in Washington DC, with support from Kevin Fee, who co-heads the litigation team with Josh Dalton in Boston. DC’s Anita Polott assists clients with brand protection strategies and Rachelle Dubow in Boston manages complex, cross-border prosecutions. Carla Oakley offers expertise maintenance and enforcement for life sciences and education clients in San Francisco, where Gene Park was promoted to partner in October 2021.

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP employs global bench strength to provide copyright management services and representation for major corporates across a broad range of industries. The practice is directed in Washington DC by firm-wide leader Karen Butcher and trademark/copyright litigation heads Josh Dalton, a veteran IP lawyer in Boston and Kevin Fee in DC, who represents content providers and retail leaders. In San Francisco, Carla Oakley advises on registration, fair use, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act compliance issues and Sharon R. Smith represents clients in biotech, tech and medical devices, while DC-based associate Rachel Fertig brings government and private sector experience to enforcement matters.