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Karen focuses on the selection, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks in the U.S. and globally; managing worldwide trademark portfolios; counseling clients on copyright, unfair competition, and domain name issues; and preparing agreements and licenses pertaining to intellectual property. She works with clients across a wide range of industries, including consumer and luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and fashion, entertainment, travel and hospitality, financial services, and information technology.
Cambridge University (M.A., English, 1986); University of Michigan (M.F.A., Theatre Design, 1996); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2004); Fordham Law Review Notes and Articles Editor; Order of the Coif.
Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of New York (2005-06)
Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Rising Star 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York (2012-March 2016)
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Asian American Bar Association of New York (2011-14)
Chair, Subcommittee for Women of Color, Women in the Profession Committee, New York City Bar (2009-12)
Before becoming a lawyer, Karen was a member of United Scenic Artists and designed costumes for theatre and opera productions across the United States.
Selected Speaking Engagements
October 2016: Asian Patent Attorneys Association, 66th Council Meeting (Bali, Indonesia) – Learning to Share in the Social Media Playground: Illustrative U.S. Cases
June 2015: New York State Bar Association, 13th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law Program
June 2015: Seventh Annual AIPLA Trademark Boot Camp – Trademark Co-existence Agreements
November 2014: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, What Did You Just Call Me?! – Disparagement Under the Lanham Act (moderator)
June 2014: American Bar Association, Branded Products and Celebrity Likenesses in Expressive Works: Surveying the Legal Landscape
May 2014: Trademark Talk Institute, New York City Bar, Enforcing Trademarks in China & Recent Developments on Chinese Trademark Law
July 2012: Asian American Journalists Association of New York & Asian American Bar Association of New York, Intellectual Property 101 for Journalists
September 2011: Asian American Bar Association of New York, U.S.-Asia Trademark Issues
New York State
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
From Disparagement to Fame and Other Key Developments in U.S. Trademark Law
U.S. Chapter to The International Comparative Legal Guide to Trademarks 2015
The Legal Thicket of Data Privacy in the Information Century, (with David Bender), Bloomberg News
Note, Freedom to Exclude After Boy Scouts of America v. Dale: Do Private Schools Have a Right to Discriminate Against Homosexual Teachers? 71 Fordham L. Rev. 2599