Protorae Law PLLC
Kandis Koustenis is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Business Litigation practices with over twenty years’ experience in trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. Kandis focuses her practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, and enforcement. Her counseling practice includes the strategic review and management of multi-national trademark portfolios as well as transactional matters such as licensing and due diligence. Kandis also has experience in advertising review, false advertising disputes, and domain name enforcement.
As former in-house counsel in charge of the global intellectual property programs and portfolios for Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us and Kenneth Cole, Kandis brings a client perspective to Protorae Law’s IP team. Kandis leverages her in-house portfolio management experience to help clients build best practices, policies, and procedures to support efficient and effective worldwide trademark clearance, filing and enforcement programs.
Kandis also has extensive litigation experience and has represented clients at trial and on appeal in trademark, copyright, and unfair competition disputes. Kandis also represents clients in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Kandis has written for publications on a variety of intellectual property matters including “Intellectual Property in Mergers & Acquisitions” and “Intellectual Property in Joint Ventures & Joint Development Agreements” for the Lexis Practice Advisor, and the recovery of attorney’s fees in intellectual property cases for the Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation treatise. Kandis is also a frequent contributor to the Decoding IP legal blog and podcast series.
After graduating cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, Kandis clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Prior to joining Protorae Law, Kandis practiced at Cloudigy Law in McLean, Virginia and at Darby & Darby and Goodwin Procter in New York City.
2019 World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders
2018 & 2017 Virginia Legal Elite – Intellectual Property, Virginia Business