Biography

Kelly assists small and large businesses in establishing and protecting their brands in the U.S. and in other countries. She advises clients on trademark portfolio management, prosecution, clearance, and enforcement.

Kelly has extensive experience in reviewing trademark availability searches; advising clients on the feasibility of adopting new trademarks; drafting cease and desist letters, coexistence agreements, and settlement agreements; handling cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; negotiating software license agreements and software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements; and preparing click-through agreements, privacy policies, and terms of use. As a member of Verrill's Food & Beverage Group, Kelly also regularly assists craft food and beverage businesses by providing sensible branding, labeling, and marketing advice, while being mindful of budget and overall business goals.

Prior to joining Verrill, Kelly worked for several years in the Boston office of Locke Lord, where she established a solid foundation in trademark law. Kelly also worked in the legal department at Under Armour, where she gained a practical, in-house perspective on the trademark and intellectual property issues that are most important to brand owners, marketing professionals, and corporate counsel.

Kelly has traveled to China to attend classes analyzing current Chinese, European, and U.S. intellectual property issues at the Tsinghua University School of Law.

A native of Winterport, Kelly now lives in Saco, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and exploring new restaurants. During the summer months, she can often be found at her family's cabin on Lake Moxie in The Forks.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Senior Editor, University of New Hampshire Law Review
  • Bryant University  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

Memberships

  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, INTA Internet Committee and Legal Resources and Communications Subcommittee

Firm Highlights

Blog

Government Shutdown Impacts Breweries

Planning to brew something that needs a formula approval or a COLA approval? Have a new facility in the works? If so, you might want to reconfigure your schedule because the government shutdown has...

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Times Are Changing: Verrill Dana Hosts Full-Day Conference, 2019 Annual Employment Law Update

After a year full of changes for employers paired with a new governor in Maine, Verrill Dana will reflect on recent legal developments in labor and employment law and what the new year might...

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Trademark and Patent Owners Beware: Misleading Solicitations on the Rise

After successfully registering your trademark or receiving your issued patent, a notice from a private company requesting additional watch, renewal, or registration services appears in your mailbox or inbox. The offer might not only...

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Join Us at The 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit

Join us this Friday, March 1, at the 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The premier regional, craft beer industry business-to-business conference will be...

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Wait Before You Sue – Supreme Court Rules Copyright Registration Must Be Approved Before Filing Infringement Suit

If you come across your photos, videos, music, or other creative content being used without your permission, you'll need to wait in order to sue for infringement. On Monday, March 4, 2019, the Supreme...

Blog

Changing Policies and Practices? Don’t Just Question if it’s Legal, Question the PR Consequences

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The TTB is Watching – Beverage Community Asked to Self-Report Violations

Publication/Podcast

New Year, New Takes on Classics Emerge As Copyright Extension for Thousands of Works Expires

Have you dreamt up the perfect alternate ending to The Prophet or want to freely distribute your version of the cartoon Felix the Cat? Well, you are in luck. Starting January 1, 2019, thousands...