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Tiffany Scott Connors

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7267 | connorst@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Tiffany Scott Connors focuses her practice on trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation for Internet, entertainment, software, electronics and consumer products clients. She works on both protecting trade secrets for plaintiffs and defending against claims of misappropriation for defendants; her related experience drafting non-compete and confidentiality agreements prepares her to argue both sides of these issues. In addition to these classic “soft” intellectual property claims, Tiffany specializes in software license agreement claims, domain name disputes and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claims and is closely monitoring developing law under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). She has experience with UDRP proceedings and practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

Tiffany also works on all aspects of trademark and brand development, from clearance and investigation through trademark registration and management of trademark portfolios.

Tiffany successfully argued a copyright case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has had major roles in multiple trade secret trials and trademark arbitration proceedings and has successfully defended against a preliminary injunction relating to trademark use.

Professional Experience

  • Mayer Brown LLP, Associate (2007-2009)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP, Summer Associate (2006)
  • Teach for America, Campus Coordinator (2003-2004)
  • Department of Communications, Cornell University, Research Assistant (2002-2004)
  • Jive Records, Intern (2002)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics

  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 2007)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Cornell University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2004)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Diversity Committee
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Intellectual Property and Technology

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Evergreen Safety Council v. RSA Networks (Successfully argued case on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ninth Circuit affirmed district court’s summary judgment dismissal on laches in copyright infringement action.)
  • Alaskasland v. Kevin Cross, et. al (Successfully defended realtor defendants and obtained a complete summary judgment victory against claims for misappropriation, trademark infringement and defamation among others. Appeal now pending.)
  • Recaro North America, Inc. v. Speedware Motorsports (Successfully defended respondent in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) domain name dispute.)
  • Mirina Corp. v. Marina Biotech, Inc. (Successfully defended against a preliminary injunction motion in trademark infringement case.)
  • Beacon Plumbing v. Billy Schumacher Racing LLC (Represented premiere hydroplane racing team to negotiate hydroplane sponsorship contract for Seafair and other national and international competitions.)
  • Attachmate Corporation/Computer Talk Technology dispute (Represented the most successful provider of contact center, cloud and IVR solutions in Canada to negotiate license agreement with Attachmate.)
  • Frank Coble v. Anita Renfroe, LLC and Anita Renfroe (Obtained dismissal in copyright and  trademark case alleging infringement of song by a professional comedian, singer and performer. The court granted Renfroe’s summary judgment motion finding that the two compositions were not substantially similar.)
  • Electric Mirror LLC v. Janmar Lighting Inc. (Obtained dismissal in suit seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement and/or invalidity of Janmar’s patent. The court granted Janmar’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction finding that plaintiff had not shown that Janmar was doing business in Washington state.)
  • Attachmate Corporation v. Celcom Axiata Berhad (Successfully represented the largest cellular phone company in Malaysia and obtained a complete victory against claims brought by Seattle-based software company Attachmate Corporation. Attachmate had sued Celcom for copyright infringement and breach of contract arising out of the alleged over-installation of software. Attachmate sought damages of more than $5 million. Celcom moved to dismiss the complaint based on copyright doctrines of extraterritoriality and preemption, as well as personal jurisdiction.  Judge Ricardo Martinez granted Celcom’s motion in its entirety.)
  • Viacom International Inc. et al. v. YouTube, Inc. et al. (Successfully represented YouTube, Inc. in copyright infringement suit by Viacom and related action by class plaintiffs)
  • Union Square Partnership, Inc. v. Savitri Durkee (Represented Savitri Durkee in copyright infringement suit by Union Square Partnership.) (Counterclaimed and sought declaration of non-infringement of trademark, declaratory and injunctive relief under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. 114(2)(D)(v), and violation of New York Anti-SLAPP Act, N.Y. Civil Rights Law 70-a, 76-a.) (Favorable settlement)
  • Convergia Networks, Inc. and Future Electronics Inc. v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Represented Convergia Networks, Inc. in litigation involving breach of contract, fraudulent, inducement, and willful and wanton misconduct.)
  • BlackRock, Inc. v. Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC (Transactional) (Negotiated and drafted trademark license agreement and coexistence agreement involving international entities and trademarks.)
  • Modern Luxury Inc. (Launch of Manhattan Magazine) (Counseled premier luxury lifestyle magazine publisher about what trademark to use for a luxury lifestyle magazine based in New York City.)

Unsolicited Client Testimonials

  • “Tiffany is a highly-skilled strategist and trusted counselor. Tiffany is a true craftsman in the area of legal writing, and this skill was key in bringing our company a significant recovery.”
  • “Tiffany is very knowledgeable, professional and very personable. Tiffany has always provided feedback and follow up with my company in a timely manner. Working with her has been a pleasure and I’ll continue to contact her when the need arises.”
  • “I have found Tiffany’s work to be first rate, exhibiting a strong knowledge of the legal subject matter, a dedication to her client’s cause and a willingness to listen and learn. In other words, Tiffany is a hard worker, who knows what she’s doing.”

Publications

  • “The Polyjuice Potion Is the Worst Prescription When Branding Marijuana Businesses: Lessons Learned From In re Morgan Brown,” Lane Powell White Paper, Co-author (July 22, 2016)
  • “Intellectual Property: Should You File Trademark Applications On Your Own?” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (October 2015)
  • “What Should You Do if You Receive a Letter Claiming That You Infringed a Trademark?” Puget Sound Business Journal ADR and Litigation Q&A Column Titled “Ask the Legal Professionals” (January 27, 2012)
  • “Patent Litigation Year in Review,” Inland Empire Intellectual Property Institute, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (October 2011)
  • “Developments at the Federal Circuit,” Oregon Patent Law Association Meeting, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (December 2010)
  • “A Year in Review – Patent Litigation,” Inland Empire Intellectual Property Institute, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (October 2010)
  • “What’s New: Federal Circuit Court Review,” Washington State Patent Law Association, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (September 2010)
  • “Patents and Trade Secret for Everyone,” Pincus Professional Education Webinar, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (July 22, 2010)
  • “Recent Cases Relating to Licensing,” WSBA CLE Licensing Essentials: Practical Tools and Tips in Intellectual Property Licensing, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (May 2010)
  • “15th Annual Intellectual Property Institute,” WSBA Intellectual Property Section, co-authored with Brian G. Bodine (March 2010)
  • “What Do Fortune 500 Companies Know About Trade Secrets That You Don’t?” Puget Sound Business Journal Litigation and ADR Q&A Column Titled “Ask the Legal Professionals” (October 2009)
  • “Excuse.me?  Why Are These Domain Endings Popping Up on the Internet,” NameSmash (May 2009)
  • “Repercussions of the ‘Crack Baby’ Epidemic: Why a Message of Care Rather than Punishment is Needed for Pregnant Drug-Users,” 19 NAT’L BLACK L.J. 203 (2006)

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Madrid Protocol and the Community Trademark,” International Trademark Association Roundtable (October 24, 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Intellectual Property (2013-2016)

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Legal Aid Society (2005)
  • Business Development Chair, Washington Women Lawyers (2012)
  • American Inns of Court, Seattle Intellectual Property Chapter