Benita Collier is Counsel with Winterfeldt IP Group. Benita’s legal career has spanned over 15 years, including both law firm and in-house roles, with extensive experience in trademark, Internet and copyright matters.
Benita Collier focuses her practice on the coordination of trademark prosecution and enforcement strategies, development of corporate policies regarding trademark use and the overall strategic management of intellectual property portfolios. Her clients have spanned a variety of industries including radio broadcasting,online consumer retail, technology, telecommunications, entertainment and pharmaceutical.
Benita also manages domestic and international intellectual property portfolios, prepares cease and desist letters, initiates and defends opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB),prosecutes trademark applications and maintains registrations. She works with international counsel on the global prosecution, maintenance and protection of trademarks.
Prior to joining the firm, Benita served as Associate General Counsel in the legal department of a national media conglomerate providing legal support to five of the organization’s most profitable radio markets. In that role, Benita served as a strategic legal partner to executives, sales personnel and key business stakeholders. Her responsibilities included drafting, reviewing and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including, but not limited to, vendor agreements, talent agreements, promotion agreements, venue agreements, lease agreements and inbound and outbound intellectual property license agreements. She also counseled business clients regarding advertising law, rights of publicity issues, fair use, sweepstakes/contests rules, social media policies, content clearance and FTC regulations.
Benita also has experience in providing due diligence support in connection with intellectual property acquisitions, evaluating and advising on copyright matters, developing anti-counterfeiting strategies,assessing and protecting trade dress, negotiating domain name disputes and preparing and filing of UDRP complaints.
Early in her career, Benita worked as a trademark examining attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she reviewed trademark applications to ensure compliance with registration requirements and represented the USPTO in appeals before the TTAB.