Straat is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group. Straat counsels clients on an array intellectual property matters, including US and international trademark portfolio management, trademark clearance and enforcement, and anti-counterfeiting actions. Straat has also represented U.S. and international clients before the federal district courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
•Obtained favorable settlement for a large manufacturer of watches in a federal trademark infringement and dilution action.
•Performed due diligence for the purchase of a consumer food company and personal care products company.
•Manages discovery in federal lawsuits and drafts pleadings, motions, and briefs in administrative and federal courts.
•Negotiates and drafts co-existence and settlement agreements.
•Served as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of New York on a pro bono litigation matter.
•Managed an international policing program for a client's famous consumer goods brand, including advice on initiating opposition and cancelation actions and implementing foreign filing programs.
•Assisted several start-up companies in selecting, clearing, and registering trademarks, avoiding potential future problems before significant investment was made while ensuring the clients were protected from potential infringers.
•Defended a client's domain name from reverse domain name hijacking and persuaded the arbitration panel to find the other side had brought the action in bad faith.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining the Firm, Straat was trained as a law clerk in the trademark and copyright litigation group of another New York firm. Before that, Straat worked in-house at two separate multi-national corporations in the apparel and consumer products industries, specializing in intellectual property and business law. During law school, Straat coached and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Straat remains active with his alma mater, UNH School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Straat enjoys hiking, skiing, and coaching and playing ice hockey. Straat is also a supporter of charter schools in the greater New York area.