Kevin R. Casey
Chair, IP Group, Stradley Ronon
Mr. Casey is Co-Chair of both the Intellectual Property Group and the IP Litigation Group, and an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Group, at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, an eight-office firm based in Philadelphia and comprised of over 200 lawyers from a variety of disciplines. He has been involved with trademark prosecution, client counseling (e.g., non-infringement or right-to-use opinions and trademark availability opinions), and litigation for over 30 years. Mr. Casey devotes about 30 percent of his time to trademark matters, including a significant foreign practice; the remainder of his time is devoted to other intellectual property law matters (patents, copyrights, trade secrets). He taught trademark law at Temple University School of Law for 23 years. Mr. Casey has also lectured around the country on the subject of trademarks. He has authored several papers on the subject of trademarks, including “Trademark Case Law Update” for the 4th, 7th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Intellectual Property Law Institutes (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2010, April 2013, April 2017, April 2018, and April 2019); “Overview of International Agreements Protecting Trademarks,” Section I of International Trademark Practice for Paralegals (HalfMoon LLC 2003); “Problem Trademarks of the Descriptive-Misdescriptive-Deceptive Types,” Intellectual Property Law Newsletter (Pennsylvania Bar Association IP Law Section, Summer 2002); and “The Legal Advantage of A Strong Mark,” Intellectual Property Supplement to The Legal Intelligencer and The Pennsylvania Law Weekly (June 2002). Other topics on which Mr. Casey has written include selecting a mark, Internet violations, use requirements, the advantages of federal registration, intent-to-use applications, the benefits of principal versus supplemental registration, dilution, foreign (non-U.S.) trademark protection, and gray market goods. Copies of these articles are available at www.stradley.com. Mr. Casey served for two years as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Helen W. Nies, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Federal Circuit hears all appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) involving refusals to register trademark applications, notices opposing applications to register, and petitions to cancel existing registrations. Accordingly, the appellate court’s pronouncements on trademark law govern the PTO. Mr. Casey’s knowledge of the law from the unique vantage of a court insider, especially given the tutelage of Judge Nies (a former trademark attorney for Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C.), and his role as President of the Federal Circuit Bar Association often prove helpful before trial, through trial and during any appeal.