Susan Neuberger Weller: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan Neuberger Weller


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Practice Areas

  • Trademark, Copyright & Domain Name Protection
  • IP Litigation
  • Technology Transfer & Licensing
  • International
  • Intellectual Property
  • Product Risk Management & Response
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Transportation, Shipping & Logistics
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.585.3510
Fax: 202-434-7400
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
University University of Miami, B.A., English, Economics, Psychology, cum laude
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University, J.D.
Admitted1981, Colorado; 1984, District of Columbia; Virginia; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, INTA
•Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, DC Bar Association
•Member, Virginia Bar Association
•Member, Technology Council of Maryland Marketing Committee
•Women Global Leaders Group
•Women's Lawyers Alliance
•Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
•Trademark Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association
•Board of Directors, George Washington Law School Alumni Association
•Intellectual property mentor, GWU law students
•Co-chair, GWU Law School 30th Class Reunion (2011)
•Board of Directors, The Angels Network
•Host committee, 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters (March 2012)
•Board member, The Booster Club for Quince Orchard High School
•Chair (7 years), Booster Club Prom After-Party, Quince Orchard High School
•Co-chair, Walk-a-Thon Committee, Bethesda Cares, Inc.
•Volunteer, Montgomery County Humane Society in Maryland
•Volunteer, Girl Scouts
•Instructor, St. Rose of Lima Parish


Susan has managed the firm's Trademark Practice for over 10 years. For over 25 years, her practice has involved all aspects of intellectual property and related corporate business transactions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international trademark and copyright searching, prosecution, enforcement, counseling, and litigation. She specializes in trademark, copyright, domain name, trade dress, and related areas of Internet, e-commerce, unfair competition, customs, and advertising law, as well as intellectual property administrative litigation proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings before ICANN, and federal civil litigation.

Her practice also encompasses intellectual property licensing, trade secrets, establishing corporate intellectual property programs, and conducting corporate audits and domestic and international due diligence investigations. She works with IP firms worldwide in protecting and enforcing her clients' IP rights.

Susan has served as an Associate mentor and advisor for many years. She also serves as the public relations liaison for the DC Office and works closely with the firm's Marketing and PR departments in this capacity. Susan represents the firm as well as its affiliated entities in trademark and copyright matters.

Throughout her career, Susan has been an active writer and speaker. Susan has authored and contributed to numerous intellectual property books and publications and has served as an intellectual property commentator on Court TV, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and in other national and regional publications. She frequently presents and lectures on all aspects of intellectual property.

Susan participates in many professional and community service organizations. Her commitment to pro bono work for clients has been publicly recognized and is highlighted annually in the firm's annual Pro Bono Report. She has also been recognized by many different organizations for her professional excellence and ethics.

Susan has been active for many years in the International Trademark Association (INTA), has served on numerous INTA committees and task forces, and was an editor for The Trademark Reporter. In addition, she participates in the intellectual property activities of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the DC and Virginia bar associations. She has also served on several committees of the Technology Council of Maryland.

Recognitions & Awards

Washington DC Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property (2007 - 2010, 2013 - 2015)
Virginia Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property (2006)
•Legal Media Group: World's Leading Trade Mark Practitioners (2012)
•Legal Media Group: World's Leading Women in Business Law (2012)
•American Registry: America's Most Honored Professionals (2012)
•American Registry: Top Attorneys in the Washington, DC Metro Area (2011)
Arrive magazine: “Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast” (2011)
Who's Who Legal USA: Trademarks
The United Who's Who Registry
Biltmore Who's Who Among Executives and Professional Women, Honors Edition
Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners (2012 - 2013)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Excellence in legal writing award, International Trademark Association


•Author, It's a Material IP World: Trademarks, Copyrights, Design Patents and Fabric Designs, Asia IP (12.2014)
• Author, Court to Sen. Hershey: Tear Down Those Signs, Law360 (07.30.2014)
• Author, Some Companies Must Do More to Protect Brand Identity, Law360 (12.03.2012)
• Author, When Can You Claim a Color as Your Trademark?, Trademark, Copyright & Domain Name Protection Advisory (09.14.2012)
• Author, How Copyright Law Protects Building Designs, Law360 (09.13.2012)
• Author, Yes, Virginia, Even the President of the United States Must Search Copyrights and Trademarks..., Westlaw Journal: Intellectual Property (08.09.2012)
• Author, Perfecting Security Interests in Intellectual Property... Not as Obvious as You Might Think, Intellectual Property Alert (06.27.2012)
• Co-author, Beware of Trademark Fee Scams in Europe and Asia, Trademark Alert (05.25.2011)
• Co-author, Mandatory Copyright Deposits: What You Don't Know You Don't Know, Copyright Advisory (05.19.2011)
• Co-author, What Trademark Owners Need to Know About the .XXX Domain, Trademark Alert (05.09.2011)
• Co-author, The Law That Protects the Appearance of Your Website, Trademark Advisory (04.15.2011)
• Co-author, U.S. Supreme Court Reaches a Split Decision in Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega S.A., Copyright Alert (12.17.2010)
• Co-author, Are You Sure Your Company Owns That Copyright? The Work for Hire Doctrine, Copyright Advisory (11.03.2010)
• Co-author, International Trademark Protection: Why Don't My U.S. Rights Protect Me Elsewhere?, Trademark Advisory (11.02.2010)
• Proper Use of Your Brand Name As a Trademark or Service Mark, Trademark & Copyright Advisory (09.28.2010)
• Co-author, Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights: Knowing the Difference, Intellectual Property Advisory (04.29.2010)


•Twelve Mintz Levin Attorneys Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.17.2015)
• Eleven Mintz Levin Attorneys Named Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.25.2014)
• Nine Mintz Levin Members Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.29.2013)
• Quoted in Latest Fashion Design IP Bill Has Rough Road Ahead, Law360 (09.21.2012)
• Featured in Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, LXBN TV (09.06.2012)
• Mintz Levin's Susan Neuberger Weller Named Among “World's Leading Lawyers” in Legal Media Group Guides, (08.30.2012)
• Three Mintz Levin Members Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, (03.24.2008)
• Four Mintz Levin Members Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, (04.11.2007)

Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Are Goods and Services Specifications Inflation Proof?, 14th Open Forum, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Sorrento, Italy (10.03.2013)
• Faculty, GW Mock Trial Board Spring Competition, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC (02.09.2013)
• Speaker, A Discussion of the European Community Design Registrations, Mintz Levin, Webinar (11.01.2012)
• Moderator, Leveraging Value from Marks and Copyrights, 2010 Mid-Winter Institute, American Intellectual Property Law Association (01.29.2010)
• Moderator, Leveraging Your Intellectual Property Assets, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute (01.2010)


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It’s a Material IP World: Trademarks, Copyrights, Design Patents and Fabric Designs
Susan Neuberger Weller, November 17, 2014
Fabric design is a creative art form that has existed for thousands of years. Although the methods for creating such designs have evolved, the purpose and function of such designs has not changed as significantly. Fabric designs are used for purely ornamental and decorative purposes, for purposes...

Washington Redskins Challenge the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act
Susan Neuberger Weller, September 8, 2014
The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term “Redskins” when reporting on the National League football team, and...

Copyright Ownership is not Monkey Business: Wikimedia and Slater Fight Over Selfie Photographs
Susan Neuberger Weller, August 13, 2014
A simmering dispute about ownership of a copyright in photographs has now garnered international attention. As more fully reported in an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, British photographer David Slater has stated that he intends to bring a copyright infringement suit in the U.S....

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701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608


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