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Leslie Hartford is a skillful litigator and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), with particular expertise in the areas of trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation, trade secret litigation, and data privacy litigation.
Leslie is energized by the opportunities to protect her clients’ most valuable assets, and while she is adept at driving early and expedient resolution of disputes, she has the experience and determination to see matters through to their appropriate conclusion.
I handle all stages of trademark and copyright enforcement and defense, working not only to ensure clients’ marks are protected but also to respond and defend clients when their own intellectual property use is challenged. I routinely develop and implement strategies to resolve trademark and copyright disputes, ranging from day-to-day enforcement to litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Most recently, I was a member of a litigation team that secured a complete defense win for our client in the face of claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices.
I work zealously to protect client trade secrets and prevent the theft and/or dissemination of clients’ proprietary information. I have substantial experience managing complex discovery, including the unique issues that arise from the sensitive disclosure processes often required in trade secret matters.
As a CIPP/US-certified attorney, I am well-qualified to represent clients in data privacy-related litigation at the state and federal levels. I also am closely following consumer data breach litigation across the nation, which informs my advice to help clients avoid similar costly, class-based claims.
Companies across all industries will need to remain vigilant about data privacy compliance and best practices to keep up with evolving privacy laws in each state, address the projected increase in data breaches, and mitigate the risk of litigation.
This column of notable Boston-area business news from 2022 includes client W.B. Mason Co.’s trial victory in a trademark infringement and dilution case brought by Dairy Queen related to the client’s BLIZZARD private-label spring water. The article mentions the firm for representing W.B. Mason. NP’s trial team, led by Intellectual Property partner and Cybersecurity & Privacy practice group leader Jason Kravitz, included Cybersecurity & Privacy counsel Gina McCreadie, associates Leslie Hartford and Melanie Dempster, and Complex Disputes senior counsel Deborah Thaxter, all of the Boston office.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Duke University, B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
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