Attorney Andrew P. Connors recognized as top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Virginia

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Virginia Business magazine, in partnership with the Virginia Bar Association, has named Andrew P. Connors (view bio) as a member of its “Legal Elite” for intellectual property law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The annual publication recognizes the top lawyers in 18 specialties as voted on by their peers. The recognition for Mr. Connors is not his first, having also received recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in the practice areas of business litigation and appeals for the past five years. Mr. Connors has taken his real-world expertise working on copyright, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent cases to Liberty University School of Law, where he serves as an adjunct professor of law teaching intellectual property.

Mr. Connors is an experienced intellectual property attorney with a focus that spans inside and outside the courtroom. Outside the courtroom, he regularly advises business clients on business planning, business contracts, and intellectual property protection. Having experience as an engineer and software developer, Mr. Connors has regularly advised Virginia technology startups on their intellectual property needs. For these and a variety of other businesses, he has obtained registered trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark office, obtained registered copyrights at the United States Copyright Office, and helped license trademark, patent, and trade secret rights. He has also assisted businesses in Virginia with confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements.

Inside the courtroom, attorney Andrew Connors, along with firm partner attorney Rachel Brenke, has represented clients in complex intellectual property and business disputes in state and federal courts in Virginia. Collectively, they have represented a wide range of businesses in these kinds of disputes, including the following cases:

  • Represented plaintiff in federal trademark infringement and trademark dilution lawsuit seeking a declaration that defendant had no trademark rights and cancellation of registered trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. JTM Consulting, LLC et al. v. Fiba Tech Industries, Inc., No. 7:2017-cv-00210, U.S. District Court for the Western District of VA.
  • Defended a bar and restaurant accused of copyright infringement by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for alleged unauthorized performance of popular music. Broadcast Music, Inc., et al. v. TSK Investments, LLC et al., No. 7:16-cv-00529, U.S. District Court for the Western District of VA).
  • Represented plaintiff in federal lawsuist alleging copyright infringement of photograph included in mass produced mailer distributed by Republican Party of Virginia. Garner v. Rising Tide Media Group, LLC, No. 7:16-cv-00583 and Garner v. The Printing Express, Inc., No. 7:16-cv-00387, both in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of VA.
  • Defended local business out of court against Mars, Inc. and subsidiaries’ attempt to restrict or prevent registration of the local business’ trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in an opposition proceeding.
  • Have defended or advised additional clients concerning cancellation or opposition proceedings for federal trademark applications or registrations at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Andrew Connors has since taken his experience to the classroom, teaching law students about intellectual property as an adjunct professor of law at Liberty University School of Law.

Connors & Brenke is a Virginia intellectual property law firm with demonstrated experience handling complex intellectual property matters in Virginia. They believe that every case and every client deserves care and honesty, and they believe that the best representation simply comes from their acquired expertise and willingness to do the hard work necessary for client success. If you or your business need assistance with an intellectual property dispute, please inquire about becoming a client of the firm.

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