Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Protection
- Audits and IP Policies
- Branding and Trademarks
- Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
- International Protection for Intellectual Property
- Litigation, Enforcement, and Policing
- Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
- Music and Entertainment
- Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
- University of Rochester, B.A., 1974, with Distinction
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Cory is a retired partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and past chair of the intellectual property group in the D.C. office. She counseled clients in sophisticated domestic and foreign trademark and copyright matters, strategic brand protection, policing and infringement, and domain names. She represented clients in licensing, acquisition and sales, due diligence, intellectual property audits, confidentiality, and trade dress matters and has significant experience in conflict resolution and negotiated settlements.
Career highlights include:
- Being responsible for thousands of domestic and foreign trademarks, some of which are American icons
- Structuring and negotiating complex third party licenses, copyright, domain, and internet issues and providing due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures for a Fortune 500 company
- Negotiating multimillion-dollar licenses of trend-setting clothing brands
- Being named one of the top Intellectual Property Lawyers in 2004 and 2007 in the Washingtonian Magazine and the 2004 lawyer of the year by the Women’s Bar of the District of Columbia
- Structuring and implementing license programs and quality control oversight for multimillion-dollar licenses
- Counseling a government contractor on copyright and trademark rights in software deliverables, including competitors’ rights to use deliverables to create derivative works
Cory is a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Women’s Bar of the District of Columbia, the Virginia State Bar, and the International Trademark Association. Cory is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Cory has presented at numerous seminars on intellectual property and other topics, including trademarks, intellectual property rights in China, licensing, negotiation techniques, drafting and negotiating written contracts, and issues related to women lawyers.
Cory received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. with distinction from the University of Rochester.
Professional and Community Activities
- American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Silver Gavel Awards, Chair, 2012-present
Standing Committee on Public Education, Member, 2008-present
Out of the Box Committee; Section on Legal Education, Co-Chair; Diversity Subcommittee, 2000-2008; American Bar Association President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, 2002-2005; Commission on Domestic Violence, Member, 1998-2002; Commission on Women in the Profession, 1987-1998, Chair, 1991–1994; “MacCrate” Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, 1988-1992; Multicultural Women Lawyer’s Network: Joint Committee of Commission on Women and Commission on Minorities, 1989-1991
Young Lawyers Division, 1981-1989
- American Bar Foundation – ABA
D.C. Chapter, Chair, 2001-2003; Vice Chair, 1999-2001; Secretary, 1997-1999
- District of Columbia Bar
Task Force on Reproductive Cancer, Member, 1994-1996; Commercial Real Estate Committee, Chair, 1986-1989
- Bar Association of District of Columbia
Quality of Life Award Committee, 1997-present
- Bar Association of D.C./Young Lawyer's Section, 1980-1989
- Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1979-present
- Women's Bar Foundation
Auditor-Board of Directors, 1981-1986
- D.C. Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services, 1980-1985
Community Member, appointed by the Mayor
Bylaws Committee and Regulations Committee, Chair
- Temple Rodef Shalom
Long Range Planning Committee, Chair, 1998-present
Board of Directors, 1996-present
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2013
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
- Washingtonian Magazine,Top Lawyers-Intellectual Property, November 2007
- Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2007, 2014-2015
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1990
- Fellow of the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Top IP Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, December 2004
- Lawyer of the Year, Women’s Bar Association of D.C., 2004
- “Stars of the Bars,” Women’s Bar Association of D.C., 2003
- Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Young Lawyers Section, James Eastman Award, 1991
- Featured in “D.C. Firms Exceed Average in Women Partners,” E. Kerlow, Legal Times, February 13, 1989 (Vol. XI, No. 36)
- Featured in “20 Young Lawyers Who Make a Difference,” Barrister Magazine, Summer 1988 (Special Issue)
- 4/25/2014Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is pleased to announce that four Vorys Washington, D.C. partners have been named to the 2014 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list. In addition, Elizabeth Mykytiuk was named a 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star.
- 1/23/2013Vorys hosted a gathering to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama on January 21. The celebration was featured in a Legal BisNow story entitled “Inauguration Day Roundup.”
- 10/2/2012Vorys announced that eight attorneys from the firm’s Washington D.C. office have been included in ALM’s Washington & Baltimore’s 2012 Top Rated Lawyers.
- 8/18/2014Selecting a name or brand for a new product or service involves multiple considerations, some of which are not obvious at first and can haunt the company later. Marketing teams struggle with choosing a name that balances the right message and image to attract the target consumers while informing those consumers of the benefits and functions of the new product or service. During this process it is easy to forget that brands are valuable assets and protectable property under trademark law. Trademarks are the public face of a product or company and hold the reputation and goodwill of the company, typically for many years and even generations. Thus, it is important to select the strongest trademarks to lay a strong foundation for a long-term asset. Following are five considerations, beyond the marketing concerns, to assist in selecting a strong new brand.
- 12/3/2013Most businesses use music in some capacity to create the right ambiance, draw a crowd or even to pacify holding telephone customers. The right music can influence purchasing decisions, how fast patrons at a restaurant eat and how satisfied customers feel in their dealings with your business. For these reasons, music is a valuable asset to your business. However, it is also a valuable asset to those that create it.
- 10/28/2013To expand the scope of their business – either geographically or into additional product categories – many companies license their trademarks. Company "A" sells milk, for instance, and shipping milk far from its source of production may not make economic sense. A restaurateur wishes to open restaurants in other states. Another company has expertise in selling men's clothes, but would like to expand to men's shoes.
- 10/28/2013Specifics about copyright and fair use can be complicated. In this easy-to-navigate chart, we clarify 10 of the most common misconceptions regarding copyright and fair use.
- 9/24/2013The domain world as we know it is about to change. Currently, there are about 24 top-level domains (tld). These are the portion of a web address that appears after the "dot" such as .com or .org. However, there are 1,409 new possibilities on the horizon and an infinite number of future tlds.
- 5/20/2013“Use” of a trademark or service mark under U.S. trademark law is often misunderstood. Even the best-intended trademark owners encounter unexpected, sometimes fatal, barriers in their attempts to register their marks and maintain their registrations.
- 9/13/2012After many attempts, it appears that clothing designs may finally gain protection in the United States. On Monday, September 10th, Senator Charles Schumer re-introduced a new version of what is now called the Innovative Design Protection Act (IDPA) to provide quasi-copyright protection to “fashion designs.”
- 8/14/2012The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has instituted a pilot program in which it will be pulling some post-registration Declarations of Use and requesting proof of use for additional items listed in the goods/services description, instead of only one in a class, as is the custom now.
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