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Brenda has practiced intellectual property law for 15 years, with a focus on copyright, trademark, publishing, and higher education. Brenda’s clients include colleges and universities establishing and maintaining copyright ownership and use policies, authors establishing relationships with collaborators, agents and publishers, retailers registering and policing their trademarks, and educational organizations and consortia negotiating software licensing agreements. She assists clients in protecting their interests while pursuing their goals in numerous ways:
- Reviewing and negotiating publishing contracts.
- Drafting and reviewing licensing and content development agreements.
- Reviewing and negotiating non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.
- Advising clients on copyright permission and fair use issues.
- Selecting and registering trademark and service marks.
- Policing and enforcing clients’ copyright and trademark rights.
- Assisting educational institutions in developing, updating and administering copyright and intellectual property policies.
Prior to joining our office, Brenda served as the Assistant Director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and as an associate in the litigation department of Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord). Brenda is currently serving as Co-chair of the Steering Committee for the College and University section of the Boston Bar Association. She is a former co-chair of the BBA's Arts, Entertainment, & Sports Law Committee and a regular presenter on copyright, publishing and higher education topics. Brenda received her B.A. from the University of Chicago (1996) and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude (2001). She sings with the Back Bay Chorale and serves on the board of Making Music Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality instrumental music education to Boston Public School children.