Bridget H. Labutta

Bridget H. Labutta

Practice Areas
Education
  • Saint Mary’s College, BA
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), JD
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Florida, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Bridget H. Labutta Counsel

Philadelphia: 215.965.1388   F: 215.965.1331   E: blabutta@panitchlaw.com

Bridget H. Labutta focuses her practice on intellectual property, primarily trademark and copyright law. She has over fifteen years of experience counseling emerging and established clients on how best to acquire, maintain, exploit, and enforce their trademarks and copyrights. Bridget manages US and foreign trademark portfolios, including developing and maintaining relationships with a well-respected network of IP attorneys around the world. She regularly drafts, negotiates, and reviews a wide variety of transactional documents relating to intellectual property. Bridget represents clients in federal court litigation, as well as inter partes proceedings before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Bridget is a member of the International Trademark Association and a former Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. She is a regular contributor to the PSBN Blog on interesting trademark law issues.

Before joining Panitch Schwarze, Bridget practiced with firms in Miami and Orlando, Florida, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters in 2011 (Florida) and from 2013-2018 (Pennsylvania). Bridget is licensed to practice in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and her Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law).

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Representative Matters

  • Represents individuals and businesses in federal court litigation and arbitrations involving copyright, domain name, trademark, and unfair competition matters, and in administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board;
  • Manages all phases of copyright and trademark clearance, registration, maintenance, and enforcement matters;
  • Represents clients in structuring, negotiating, and drafting licenses, releases, assignments, settlement agreements, and co-existence agreements.

Articles & Presentations

IP Attorney Bridget H. Labutta to Participate in Villanova Law School IP Panel Discussion // October 14, 2019
Intellectual property attorney, Bridget H. Labutta, will participate in a roundtable at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law as a part of the school’s professional development program.  Read more

Panitch Schwarze Client LugBug® Featured on ABC’s 'Shark Tank' // December 17, 2018
Panitch Schwarze congratulates its client LugBug on being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. The LugBug Handle is an attachment for baby carriers that allows better range of motion for parents and caregivers. LugBug’s creator, Nathan Day, presented his invention to the Sharks on the Oct. 8 episode of season 10 of the popular program. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel Hosts Clients at Pennsylvania Conference for Women // October 16, 2018
Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel invited clients to attend the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, held in Philadelphia on Oct. 12.  Read more

IP Attorney Bridget H. Labutta Participates in Villanova Law School Roundtable // October 9, 2018
Intellectual property attorney Bridget H. Labutta recently participated in a professional development roundtable at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. Labutta discussed her career path and provided insight into the qualities that make a successful intellectual property attorney. Read more

8 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2018 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars // May 18, 2018
The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that eight of its IP attorneys have been named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Read more

IP Attorney Bridget H. Labutta to Participate in Villanova Law School Panel Discussion // September 11, 2017
Intellectual property attorney, Bridget H. Labutta, will participate in a panel discussion at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law as a part of the school’s professional development program.  Read more

John D. Simmons and Bridget H. Labutta Attend Global IP Conference // June 27, 2017
Intellectual property attorneys John D. Simmons and Bridget H. Labutta attended the May conference of the International Trademark Association in Barcelona, Spain. During the conference, more than 10,200 brand management, trademark, and other IP professionals met for five days of intense learning, business strategy meetings, and networking. Read more

6 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Among 2017 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars // May 12, 2017
The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that six of its IP attorneys have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Read more

Panitch Schwarze to Host INTA Roundtable on Trademarks // October 7, 2016
Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel will host an International Trademark Association roundtable focusing on tips for managing trademark projects. Read more

IP Attorney Bridget H. Labutta to Participate in Villanova Law School Roundtable // September 5, 2016
Intellectual property Attorney Bridget H. Labutta to Participate in Villanova Law School Roundtable Read more

Intellectual Property Law Firm to Host International Trademark Association Roundtable // June 2, 2016
Intellectual property attorneys to host roundtable discussion on behalf of the International Trademark Association. Read more

Thomson Reuters Names 9 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Among 2016 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars // May 13, 2016
Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers listed among Pennsylvania’s and Delaware’s elite attorneys. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Associate Discusses Generational Intelligence in the Law Firm // September 14, 2015
Panitch Schwarze associate Bridget Labutta shares eight of the most common mistakes young lawyers make – and how to avoid them. Read more

9 Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars' for 2015 // May 15, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, and Alan S. Nadel have been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as five of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Welcomes New IP Associate Bridget Labutta // February 20, 2015
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of the firm’s newest associate attorney, Bridget H. Labutta. Read more

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers: 2011 (Florida); 2013-2018 (Pennsylvania)
 
 

 

Blog

August 7, 2019
Overview of USPTO Requirements for Specimens of Use
What is a Specimen of Use? A specimen of use shows the manner in which a trademark is seen by the public. A specimen is a real-life example of how the trademark is used in commerce on or in connection with the goods and/or in connection with the offering or promotion of the services. Read more

July 30, 2019
USPTO Announces New Trademark Rule Requiring Foreign Entities to be Represented by Qualified U.S. Attorney
Effective August 3, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has amended its Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require foreign applicants, registrants, and parties to trademark proceedings before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to be represented by a qualified U.S. attorney. Read more

February 28, 2019
Notice Regarding Brexit’s Impact on Your Trademark in the European Union
Once the UK exits the EU, all laws of the EU will cease to apply to the UK. In particular, the EU regulations that allow you to secure a single registration to protect your trademark in all 28 Member Countries of the EU will no longer include the UK. Read more

January 17, 2019
Are You Offended?: Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks
Not every name or brand is eligible for federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). One of the reasons the USPTO might reject an application to register a trademark is because the trademark is considered offensive. Read more

November 20, 2018
Waiting to Enforce your Trademark Rights
Owning a trademark brings certain benefits and obligations. If you are the first entity in a particular geographic area to use a distinctive word (or phrase, logo, color, etc.) to sell a product or to provide a service, then you may claim exclusive rights in that area for that trademark on those products or services. Your trademark rights allow you to preclude subsequent entities in the same area from using the same, or confusingly similar, trademark on related products or services. Read more

September 5, 2018
What do the ™, ℠, ®, ©, and “Pat. Pend.” Symbols Mean? How should I use them?
Intellectual property assets are valuable. One way to maintain the value of those assets is to correctly use the applicable notice, shown as symbols or specific phrasing, that publicly designate the type of protection claimed. Read more

March 15, 2018
Why Enroll Your Trademark in the Amazon Brand Registry?
Selling on Amazon is nearly ubiquitous, so it’s imperative to protect your brand – your trademark – across the platform. Amazon has made it easier to do so by overhauling its Brand Registry last year and creating, in their own words, “an accurate and trusted experience for customers.” As a brand owner, you must have a dual focus on strengthening and protecting your brand while also engaging and serving your customers. The Amazon Brand Registry supports this dual focus. Read more

February 28, 2018
Here Comes the Rush to Trademark ‘Philly Special’
One of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory's most memorable moments witnessed was a gutsy play that the team called the “Philly Special." It was one of the boldest calls in Super Bowl history, and it has inspired some bold moves at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), as well. As the term “Philly Special” has spread like wildfire through Eagles’ fandom, quick-thinking entrepreneurs have raced to capitalize on it, filing trademark applications to secure the rights to those golden words. Read more

August 25, 2017
Don’t Fall For It! Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices
Once you submit your application to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the application becomes part of a public record. That means your name and contact information can be accessed by anyone searching the records of the USPTO. Read more

June 22, 2017
SCOTUS Rules Trademark Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the U.S. Trademark Office’s refusal to register “The Slants” as a trademark for an Oregon-based rock band was unconstitutional. This is a case the trademark attorneys at Panitch Schwarze have been watching closely, as this landmark decision could reshape U.S. trademark law significantly. Read more

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