Tanya M. Curcio—an experienced intellectual property attorney who focuses on trademarks and copyrights—has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Ms. Curcio advises clients on matters involving trademark and copyright acquisition, prosecution, use, licensing, and enforcement. She develops global strategies for registration and enforcement of foreign and domestic trademarks and copyrights and handles litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Curcio joins a group that earned 2019 Law Firm of the Year honors by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers.

Ms. Curcio has handled negotiations and disputes for clients in a wide range of industries, and she is particularly well known for her work in the entertainment sectors. Her experience includes drafting and negotiating entertainment-based agreements, the transfer and acquisition of intellectual property rights, trademark and copyright licenses, and music licensing. She also works with clients to develop domain name strategies and protect their trademarks from cybersquatters through negotiation or arbitration.

"Tanya has an outstanding reputation in the trademark and copyright space as well as considerable experience handling IP assets across industries," said Lynn E. Rzonca, chair of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department. "We're excited to continue to expand our thriving trademark and copyright practice."

Ms. Curcio's experience includes working at Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., and EMI Music Publishing, where she handled matters involving music licensing and the calculation of royalties. As a private practice attorney, she has negotiated and drafted recording, publishing, and other entertainment-related agreements for high-recording artists, music publishers and producers, songwriters, music distribution technologies, and fashion designers.

"Ballard Spahr has the resources, national platform, and practice depth to support my clients and the growth of my practice," Ms. Curcio said. "They have strength in a range of industries as well as outstanding attorneys who are doing sophisticated work for leading-edge clients. It's an exciting time to be part of this team."

Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department is home to more than 50 attorneys with extensive experience in IP litigation, strategic brand management and enforcement, and patent prosecution and counseling. They work nationally and globally to identify, secure, and protect innovations and brands.