Roberta Horton focuses her practice on trademark, domain name, and copyright law. She handled one of the first cases challenging domain name infringers, and assisted in writing the statute protecting trademark owners against domain name infringers. She litigates both before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Ms. Horton has represented clients in many industries including: sports; food; telecommunications; tobacco. She also represents numerous nonprofits, including the environmental organization EarthShare and the largest children's literacy organization nationwide, Reading Is Fundamental..
Ms. Horton has been ranked in Chambers (Washington DC region), IP Legal 500 and listed in the 2010 Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
Ms. Horton is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and a graduate of Yale Law School. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III.
Intellectual Property Representative Matters
- Major tobacco company in enforcing its rights in its name and logo, which consistently is among the top ranked brands in the country.
- Philip Morris v. Otamedia. One of the leaders of a national team representing Philip Morris USA Inc. in its pursuit of numerous vendors who sold, over the Internet to US customers, illegally imported MARLBORO® cigarette. Obtained judgment of US$173,734,291.62 Led submission of amicus brief on behalf of 18 companies and trade associations in Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google Inc., Docket No. 10-2007, which was the subject of significant national attention.
- Mladenovic v. Swarovski North America Limited et al. Representation of defendants in copyright case.
- Philip Morris v. New Image Global, Inc. Representation of plaintiff in trademark suit.
Managing Intellectual Property IP Star 2013-2015
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secret (DC)
Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers" 2011, 2013 for Intellectual Property
Legal 500 US 2011 for Intellectual Property: Copyright and Trademark Litigation
Euromoney's Guide to Women in Business Law 2010 as an expert in Trade Mark
The Legal 500 US 2009-2010 for Intellectual Property: Trademarks: Litigation
Roberta L. Horton
"Presentation: Litigation Internet Disputes: Hot Topics/Current Developments,
" ALI-ABA Course of Study Internet Law for the Practical Lawyer, May 10-11, 2007
Roberta L. Horton
"Internet Law for the Practical Lawyer: Hot Topics In Internet Litigation
" American Law Institute, American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC, 2007