June 30, 2021 – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to share that Counsel Rita Kline has been elected to the Board of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), a professional organization comprised of intellectual property lawyers, patent agents, and law students from the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area. Kline will serve a one-year term on the Board in the role of Treasurer.
Kline is a skilled IP attorney with more than 20 years of experience advising cutting-edge organizations, including large international corporations, mid-market companies, tech startups, and nonprofits, on trademark and copyright matters. She counsels clients on a variety of complex IP issues including worldwide brand portfolio clearance, acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement, as well as trademark dilution of famous brands, fair use, Digital Millennium Copyright Act compliance, domain name disputes, and strategies to combat domestic and international trademark counterfeiting. She also serves as counsel of record on more than 100 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancellation and opposition proceedings involving the enforcement of trademarks on both the plaintiff and defendant sides.
An active member of CIPLA, Kline previously served as Chair of the Women’s Committee and on the Board from 2016 to 2018. She has also served in leadership roles with the International Trademark Association and is a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild. She shares her experience as an IP attorney at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University where she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trademark and Unfair Competition Law.
With more than 400 active members, CIPLA brings together professionals who devote a substantial portion their time and interest to the practice of intellectual property law, including law relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and antitrust law. CIPLA is known for holding and sponsoring meetings and seminars on a variety of topics interesting to the profession. For more information, please visit cipla.org.