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Leslie Hartford



Leslie Hartford represents companies across a variety of industries in resolving trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent disputes. She is particularly adept at quickly assessing a company’s key business drivers and working with her clients to develop a strategic and early resolution. Leslie is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and assists clients with data privacy and information management issues.

What do you focus on?

Trademark & Copyright Enforcement and Litigation

I handle all stages of trademark enforcement and defense, both in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as unfair competition and related cases. I also advise and represent clients on matters of copyright infringement and defense. 

Complex Commercial Litigation

My commercial litigation practice includes managing litigation for software implementation disputes and related claims.

Data Privacy

I advise clients on issues of data privacy, both at the state and federal level, and represent clients in related litigation. I also counsel companies regarding cybersecurity and identity theft/fraud.

What do you see on the horizon?

Data privacy will continue to grow in importance, particularly as personal mobile devices are increasingly connected via apps, email, and messaging services. Companies need to be aware of their obligations and best practices.

Representative Experience

  • Represent major office supplier in trademark litigation
  • Successfully defended a U.S. chemical startup in a patent litigation case involving allegations of willful infringement of catalyst technology through trial
  • Represent software developers and providers in multiple disputes arising from large-scale software implementation contracts
  • Enforce clients’ trademark rights as applied to, inter alia, consumer goods, school name, and medical clinics
  • Reached settlement of a trademark matter for a leading musical products company involving allegations of infringement via social media
  • Advise startup companies—including those in social media and consumer apparel industries—in matters of trademark and branding
  • Obtained favorable arbitration decision for nationwide specialty food franchisor client
  • Advise major office supplier regarding copyright issues related to national advertising campaigns

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.”

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.

Canadian cannabis co. can't escape Georgia IP theft suit

Law360 | December 01, 2021

The following article covers a litigation win for client Refresco Beverages US Inc., in which a federal judge denied a motion by defendant Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. to dismiss it from litigation alleging the theft of a secret drink formula. Boston partner Jason Kravitz, co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice, and Boston Intellectual Property associate Leslie Hartford are representing Refresco.

Judge: Beverage industry tortious interference case to proceed

Law Street | November 30, 2021

The following article covers a litigation win for client Refresco Beverages US Inc., in which a federal judge denied a motion by defendant Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. to dismiss it from litigation alleging the theft of a secret drink formula. Boston partner Jason Kravitz, co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice, and Boston Intellectual Property associate Leslie Hartford are representing Refresco

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.

Dial away? The future of TCPA after Facebook v. Duguid

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal | June 01, 2021

Intellectual Property co-leader and Boston partner Jason Kravitz, Washington, DC associate Palash Basu, and Boston associate Leslie Hartford, both of the Intellectual Property group, contributed this article analyzing the Supreme Court’ s interpretation of what constitutes an autodialer and compliance concerns regarding common business communication methods.

Contact

Leslie Hartford

Associate

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1369


Fax: 855-464-9391

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Duke University, B.A.

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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