Elisabeth A. Langworthy

Elisabeth A. Langworthy: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


Over the past 25 years, as Internet access, computer technology, electronic commerce and social media outlets have dramatically changed the field of intellectual property law, Libby Langworthy has been working with her clients to acquire and protect their intellectual property assets. Her experience in this specialized area spans a range of services, including advising on IP aspects of transactions as well as clearance, prosecution, protection, licensing and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights, domains and other forms of intellectual property.

Libby represents clients in proceedings before U.S. administrative agencies and in the courts. Working with foreign counsel, Libby supervises foreign trademark registration and enforcement of client portfolios in every country of the world in which U.S. companies may lawfully conduct business. She works closely with Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s mergers and acquisitions team on intellectual property issues arising in domestic and transnational transactions.

Libby advises both large corporations and small businesses, and her diverse practice includes clients in financial services, banking, insurance, health care, energy, computers and software, automation and industrial manufacturing, construction materials, nuclear energy products and services, consumer products, carpets and floor coverings, beverage distribution, and textile research and technology, as well as trade associations, authors, schools and charitable institutions.

Awards and Rankings

Named to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2012)


“I’ve worked with some of my clients for 15 to 20 years. We’ve worked together long enough that I feel like I know their businesses inside and out, and that enables me to anticipate their needs and work hand in hand with them.”


Provided trademark and copyright legal services to Fortune 500 company.
Provides trademark and copyright legal services, including worldwide portfolio management, enforcement and licensing to a global financial services company.
Represented The Hartford in the strategic sale of its life insurance business to Prudential.
Represented Rio Tinto in the $185 million sale of Alcan Cable in North America and China.
Advised Spectrum Brands in its merger with Russell Hobbs Inc. and in multiple M&A deals worldwide.
Advised Allied Capital in Emporia Capital asset purchase.
Represented QBE Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of the Balboa Insurance business from Bank of America.


“The Internet brings huge issues for clients because the opportunity to infringe on valuable intellectual property occurs all over the universe now, and in ways that you would have never conceived 10 and 20 years ago. It strains clients’ budgets and makes us think in creative ways about how to protect their IP portfolios and rights. It’s a real challenge, and we try to navigate our clients through it as cost effectively as possible.

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Trademark Determinations on Future Infringement Litigation (December 8, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a much anticipated trademark matter, B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et al. The primary question presented was whether a ...

Legal Alert: European Union Trademark Office Announces New “Fast Track” Procedure (November 14, 2014)
Since 1994, the European Union’s trademark office - the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) - has provided trademark owners a centralized and cost-effective registration system for ...

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Finds Direct Copyright Liability for Subscriber-Directed Retransmissions of Over-the-Air Broadcasts (July 1, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that a service provider directly infringes a copyright owner’s exclusive performance right when it transmits to subscribers individualized streams of copyrighted ...

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Laches Cannot Bar Damages Relief for Timely Filed Copyright Infringement Claims (May 20, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that the defense of laches cannot serve as an absolute bar to relief for actions brought within the Copyright Act’s three-year limitations period. The majority ...

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standing Requirements for Lanham Act False Advertising Claim (March 26, 2014)
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held Tuesday that a plaintiff may bring a false advertising claim under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125(a), even where the plaintiff is not a direct competitor of the ...

Legal Alert: Domain Name Registration in New .asia Top Level Domain (October 5, 2007)

Legal Alert: Summary of Selected Sessions from International Trademark Association's 2007 Annual Meeting (May 31, 2007)

Legal Alert: Article 7 of the Pan-American Convention Confers U.S. Trademark Priority (March 27, 2007)

Legal Alert: Effect of Enlargement of the European Union on Trademark Rights (December 15, 2006)

Legal Alert: Domain Name Registration in New .Mobi Top Level Domain (June 5, 2006)


Choosing a Trademark (August 29, 2014)
Two-Fold Purpose of Trademarks Customers know a business and its goods and services by its trademarks. Trademarks are source identifiers that indicate the origin of goods or services in the ...

The Risks of Naked Licensing for Mergers and Acquisitions: Some Considerations Under U.S. Law When Conducting a Trademark Diligence Audit (August 1, 2012)
Reprinted with permission INTA Bulletin Vol. 67, No. 14

Moving with the Times: Motion Marks in Canada and the United States (June 1, 2011)
Reprinted with permission INTA Bulletin, Vol. 66, No. 10

Internet Enforcement: A Collaborative Approach (Summer 2010)
Partnering Perspectives

Tax Planning and Structuring Strategies for Global Trademark Portfolios (February 2008)
Reprinted with permission INTA Bulletin Vol. 63, No. 3

'Organic' - Says Who? (July 15, 2006)
Reprinted with permission International Trademark Association

Choosing a Trademark (September 2004)

Analysis of International Work-for-Hire Laws (September 2004)

Berne Convention Basics (September 2004)

The Madrid Protocol: Impact of U.S. Adherence on Trademark Law and Practice (April 2003)
Reprinted with permission from INTA Issue Brief, April 2003 (International Trademark Association)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • IP Licensing & Transfers
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Trademarks & Service Marks
  • Nuclear
  • Payments & E-Commerce
  • Copyrights
  • Digital Economy
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications Transactions
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0198  Phone
University Attended:
Smith College, A.B., cum laude
Law School Attended:
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, Member, The George Washington Law Review
Year of First Admission:
1986, District of Columbia; 1984, Florida

Professional Activities
Member, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, American Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar
Member, International Trademark Association
Member, Bulletin Features Committee, International Trademark Association
Secretary, The Center for Alexandria's Children, Inc.

Birth Information:
Angleton, Texas, October 4, 1955

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