Maria is Co-chair of the Firm's International Trademark and Copyright Protection group. Maria's intellectual property practice includes advising clients on worldwide trademark portfolios for well-known marks in the fields of apparel, beverage alcohol, music entertainment, plastics and pharmaceuticals, including counseling on trademark availability, bringing counterfeit and infringement actions and initiating opposition and cancellation actions. Maria has advised on strategic issues affecting the exploitation, enforcement, acquisition, divestiture and realignment of intellectual property rights, including copyrights and design rights. Maria has partnered with clients to serve as interim in-house intellectual property counsel during corporate transitions. Maria has also litigated cases before the Federal trial courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, acting for plaintiffs and defendants, involving trademarks for diverse consumer products and communication services.
•Maria has provided intellectual property due diligence advice in the $5 billion sale of a worldwide haircare business, and the $2 billion acquisition of a famous beverage brand and operations.
•Maria has assisted clients in the development of in-house intellectual property management and establishment of best practices for preserving intellectual property rights.
•Maria has counseled on the licensing and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and design rights for fashion, luxury and consumer goods brands internationally.
Before Edwards Wildman
Ms. Scungio was previously a partner in a boutique intellectual property practice. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Jane A. Restani in the U.S Court of International Trade in New York. She subsequently spent seven years with the largest intellectual property practice in the U.S., as an associate and as partner, until its merger. Prior to her law practice, Maria worked in the trade publishing industry.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Maria has been active in the performance of a cappella music, and enjoys gardening and hiking.