Melanie Dempster - Complex Commercial Disputes - Nixon Peabody LLP

Melanie Dempster


Melanie Dempster is an attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. She represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of complex business litigation matters.

What do you focus on?

I represent clients in all phases of litigation in both state and federal court, including contract disputes, construction claims, employment claims, business torts, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation matters. I also represent and defend clients through alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation and arbitration.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see an increase in the use of alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and arbitration, as they allow for more creative solutions to disputes that better meet the needs of all parties.

Dairy Queen loses round in dispute over BLIZZARD name

Minnesota Lawyer | July 07, 2022

Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz is quoted in this article covering the recent win for client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the company didn’t violate Dairy Queen’s trademark rights by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. The NP trial team, led by Jason, also included Privacy & Technology counsel Gina McCreadie and associates Leslie Hartford and Melanie Dempster, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, all of the Boston office.

In 'blizzard' battle, W.B. Mason tops Dairy Queen

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | July 01, 2022

Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz is quoted throughout this article covering the recent federal court win for client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the company didn’t violate Dairy Queen’s trademark rights by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. The NP trial team, led by Jason, also included Privacy & Technology counsel Gina McCreadie and associates Leslie Hartford and Melanie Dempster, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, all of the Boston office.

Lost in a blizzard: Buffett's Dairy Queen trademark loss

World Intellectual Property Review | June 23, 2022

Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz is quoted throughout this article covering the recent federal court decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the company did not violate Dairy Queen’s trademark rights by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. The NP trial team, led by Jason, also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter and associate Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office. The win earned them recognition as runners-up for AmLaw’s “Litigator of the Week.”

W.B. Mason defeats Dairy Queen in 'Blizzard' trademark fight

Boston Business Journal | June 21, 2022

The following article covers a federal court’s decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the business products company had not violated Dairy Queen’s trademark rights, or otherwise harmed DQ, by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. Following a fall 2021 trial, the decision marks a complete win for W.B. Mason, and enables the company to continue using the BLIZZARD name. The articles quote Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz, who led the trial team for W.B. Mason. The NP trial team also included Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and Complex Disputes associate Melanie Dempster, both of the Boston office and the Privacy & Technology group.

Warren Buffett's Dairy Queen loses lawsuit over ‘Blizzard’ name

Reuters | June 21, 2022

The following article covers a federal court’s decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the business products company had not violated Dairy Queen’s trademark rights, or otherwise harmed DQ, by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. Following a fall 2021 trial, the decision marks a complete win for W.B. Mason, and enables the company to continue using the BLIZZARD name. The articles quote Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz, who led the trial team for W.B. Mason. The NP trial team also included Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and Complex Disputes associate Melanie Dempster, both of the Boston office and the Privacy & Technology group.

WB Mason defeats Dairy Queen in Blizzard trademark fight

NBC Boston | June 21, 2022

The following clip covers a federal court’s decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., which found that the business products company had not violated Dairy Queen’s trademark rights, or otherwise harmed DQ, by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. Following a fall 2021 trial, the decision marks a complete win for W.B. Mason, and enables the company to continue using the BLIZZARD name. The NP trial team, led by Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz, also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter and associate Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Judge shuts door on Dairy Queen's 'Blizzard' trademark fight

Law360 | June 21, 2022

The following clip covers a federal court’s decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., which found that the business products company had not violated Dairy Queen’s trademark rights, or otherwise harmed DQ, by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. Following a fall 2021 trial, the decision marks a complete win for W.B. Mason, and enables the company to continue using the BLIZZARD name. The NP trial team, led by Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz, also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter and associate Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Federal judge rules W.B. Mason's use of 'Blizzard' does not infringe on Dairy Queen's trademark

Boston Globe | June 20, 2022

The following article covers a federal court’s decision in favor of client W.B. Mason Co., finding that the business products company had not violated Dairy Queen’s trademark rights, or otherwise harmed DQ, by using the BLIZZARD name on its private-label spring water. Following a fall 2021 trial, the decision marks a complete win for W.B. Mason, and enables the company to continue using the BLIZZARD name. The articles quote Boston Intellectual Property partner and Privacy & Technology practice group leader Jason Kravitz, who led the trial team for W.B. Mason. The NP trial team also included Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and Complex Disputes associate Melanie Dempster, both of the Boston office and the Privacy & Technology group.

Dairy Queen goes to court over Blizzard name

Star Tribune | October 19, 2021

This coverage provides an overview of the W.B. Mason and Dairy Queen trial underway in Minnesota, in which DQ alleges that W.B. Mason’s house brand of BLIZZARD spring water infringes and dilutes DQ’s BLIZZARD mark. Intellectual Property practice co-leader Jason Kravitz, of the Boston office, is leading the W.B. Mason trial team, which also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Commercial Disputes resident attorney Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Dairy Queen sues W.B. Mason over ‘Blizzard’ name

Fox News | October 19, 2021

This coverage provides an overview of the W.B. Mason and Dairy Queen trial underway in Minnesota, in which DQ alleges that W.B. Mason’s house brand of BLIZZARD spring water infringes and dilutes DQ’s BLIZZARD mark. Intellectual Property practice co-leader Jason Kravitz, of the Boston office, is leading the W.B. Mason trial team, which also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Commercial Disputes resident attorney Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Contact

Melanie Dempster

Associate

Boston

Phone: 617-345-6129


Fax: 844-345-2136

New England Law, J.D.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.S.

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

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