Jessica Watkins

Associate

watkinsjh@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8633
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Jessica Watkins is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property Department who focuses on domestic and international trademark portfolio management, brand development and protection, and trademark and copyright litigation and enforcement. She drafts and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, advising clients throughout the process, from clearance through registration. Jessica regularly represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in cases alleging damage by the registration of a trademark. She has developed and executed brand development and enforcement strategies in the design patent, trademark, copyright, and anti-counterfeiting spaces.

During law school, Jessica worked as a research and teaching assistant at Villanova School of Law and was a certified legal intern in Villanova's Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic.

Pro Bono Experience

Jessica has represented juvenile abuse victims in family court dependency proceedings in affiliation with the Support Center for Child Advocates. She also regularly develops branding and enforcement strategies for non-profit and start-up organizations. During law school, she represented clients at hearings before the Social Security Administration and before various health insurance entities where she led telephone hearings with clients and opposing counsel.

Judicial Externships

Hon. Michael M. Baylson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2014

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division Intellectual Property Committee Liaison

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association

Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

International Trademark Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Publications

Garcia v. Google, Inc. and the Limited Rights of Motion Picture Actors Under American Copyright Law, 98 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 249 (2016)

Board Memberships

Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association

Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016)
Articles Editor, Villanova Law Review
Member, Order of the Coif
President, Intellectual Property Society
Intellectual Property Student Scholar
American Intellectual Property Law Association Student Liaison

Bryn Mawr College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2013)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Pennsylvania

New Jersey