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Dianne Smith Misemer

Hovey Williams LLP


Dianne has devoted her entire legal career to intellectual property, specializing in trademark and copyright law. Her years of experience in prosecution, transactional and litigation matters give her a unique skill set that spans the life cycle of intellectual property from conception and registration through commercialization and enforcement. 

Dianne regularly advises individuals, small businesses and multinational corporations on brand development and protection strategies and she guides them through domestic and international registration processes. Her hybrid transactional-litigation practice provides clients with the benefit of a single resource for expertise in all trademark matters from the early clearance and application stages and conscientious management of trademark portfolios all the way through dispute resolution and litigation.

Dianne has extensive experience practicing before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board where she has represented clients in numerous opposition, cancellation and concurrent use proceedings. Dianne also represents clients in intellectual property litigation involving trademark and copyright infringement, cybersquatting, false advertising, unfair competition and breach of contract claims.

Dianne received her B.S. in political science from Santa Clara University in 1994.  She received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, with highest honors, in 1999.