Christy Susman


Christy Susman is Counsel at Winterfeldt IP Group. Christy has practiced IP law for over twenty five years. She brings experience from large global law firms and corporations, and previously created a successful solo firm.

Christy Susman Bio:

A seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience in a variety of practice areas and roles, Christy specializes in trademark, licensing and general brand protection matters.  After two years at Morrison & Foerster and six years as a contract attorney, Christy moved in-house at Brown-Forman/Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc., and gained a range of experience in the “soft IP” arena handling matters related to trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity/privacy, licensing and brand protection both online and otherwise.  More recent clients have included Playboy Enterprises and GoPro.  

An effective communicator Christy’s broad range of experience allows her to advise clients on a range of issues across all areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright law including:  trademark prosecution and enforcement, clearance, trademark office proceedings, trade dress, copyright, Internet and domain name issues, including domain name disputes.  Christy also brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the negotiation and drafting of all types of trademark related agreements and licenses particularly in the consumer goods space.   

Areas of Experience:

  • Trademark clearance
  • Copyright
  • Domain Names
  • Global IP Enforcement including trademark oppositions and cancellations
  • Internet related matters including new gTLDs
  • Publicity/privacy rights
  • Social Media
  • Trade Dress
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Trademark Counseling & Prosecution
  • Transactions ranging from coexistence and settlement agreements to sponsorship and promotional and license agreements as well as licensing



  • ‍Member: International Trademark Association Board of Directors
  • Chair, International Trademark Association’s Government Officials Education & Training Committee (2013 – 2015)
  • Member: State Bar of California Foundation’s Board of Directors (2009 – 2015)
  • Chair, Duke Alumni Interviewing Committee – San Francisco & the East Bay
  • Co-chair Duke Law Club
  • Volunteer, 826 Valencia Street educational programs with focus on writing
  • Adjunct Professor Corporations New College of California School of Law (1995-1998)


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