Amy M. Kwan
Amy Kwan is a senior paralegal in Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department, and is responsible for the prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications and registrations worldwide. With nearly a decade of paralegal experience with the firm, Amy drafts and files legal documents for the prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications and registrations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as various trademark offices worldwide. She conducts and reviews preliminary clearance searches on proposed trademarks using on-line databases including Dialog, Saegis and the Internet. She also regularly monitors infringement of clients' trademarks by third parties including review of the Official Gazette and watch notices, and both prepares and files Notices of Opposition and Petitions for Cancellation with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Although her focus is on trademark work, Amy also is involved in other aspects of the firm's intellectual property practice. She files copyright applications and assignments with the U.S. Copyright Office, performs due diligence in merger and acquisition transactions, and helps protect clients' intellectual property rights against infringement by third parties.
There is a strong international aspect to Amy's work. She has experience with TEAS filings and the Madrid Protocol registration system, and is familiar with procedures for U.S. Customs recordation filings and domain name registration. Her work involves extensive correspondence with foreign counsel and clients regarding all aspects of trademark prosecution and maintenance. With a degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and fluency in the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects, Amy used her background and training in international matters to work as an Immigration Legal Assistant with a Philadelphia firm before joining Foley Hoag.
professional / civic involvement
International Trademark Association (INTA)