William M. Merone serves as counsel in the Washington office of Kenyon & Kenyon. His primary practice encompasses all aspects of trademark law, including client counseling, brand enforcement, trademark prosecution, administrative proceedings, and litigation. In addition, Mr. Merone, who has a technical background in aerospace engineering, has substantial experience in design and utility patent matters as well, including advising clients on issues such as patent validity and infringement, prosecuting ornamental designs and mechanical inventions through the Patent and Trademark Office, and participating in several high profile patent litigations.
Consequently, Mr. Merone routinely handles a diverse array of intellectual property matters, including filing and prosecuting new trademark applications, advising clients on proper trademark usage, assisting with corporate name changes and branding efforts, counseling clients on issues such as infringement and enforcement, practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and representing clients in federal district and appellate courts. In addition, Mr. Merone also practices in the areas of sports law and copyright law, including proceedings under the Amateur Sports Act and under the Copyright Act, and he is frequently involved with Internet-related intellectual property issues, such as domain name acquisitions and portfolio management, UDRP proceedings, and Internet branding initiatives. As a result of this breadth of practice, Mr. Merone thus has acquired substantive expertise in a variety of brand-driven industries, including radio broadcasting, alcoholic beverages, Internet commerce, amateur and Olympic sports, children’s toys, televised shopping, and restaurant services.
A former volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, Mr. Merone continues to participate in volunteer activities. Since joining Kenyon & Kenyon, Mr. Merone has twice presented oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a court-appointed pro bono matter, and has worked with the University of Virginia School of Law both in connection with the law school’s Post-Conviction Assistance Project, and as a volunteer judge for mock appellate arguments presented by first-year law students. Mr. Merone has also contributed to several articles and conference presentations that touch on trademark issues.
Mr. Merone is a 1995 graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and political science from the University of Southern California. Mr. Merone currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and family.