Shanna K. Sanders, a partner with the firm, is an intellectual property attorney who assists clients in the procurement, enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, in addition to providing counseling related to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, design protection, IP transactions and strategic portfolio management. Ms. Sanders has litigated cases involving claims of patent, trademark, copyright and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising and unfair competition in U.S. District Courts throughout the country, including in New York, Vermont, California and North Carolina. She also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School (2005) and graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (2003). Prior to joining Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., she worked at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center’s Clinical Mycobacteriology Laboratory and in the intellectual property department at Intermagnetics General Corporation. She frequently lectures on topics related to intellectual property law.

Ms. Sanders was selected as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thompson Reuters, in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation from 2013-2016.

Admitted to Practice:

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
New York State Bar

Member:

Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court

Co-Author – Risks Associated with User-Generated Content and Design on E-Commerce Sites: A Trap for the Unwary – Part I, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, August 15, 2017

Co-Author – Copyright and design protection post-Star Athletica, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, April 24, 2017

Red Bull (Does Not) Give You Wings, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, October 21, 2014

“Smart” Innovation or Thermonuclear War?  Smartphone disputes dominate U.S. courts and shape intellectual property law,  The Daily Record IP Frontiers, September 17, 2013

Recent Events May Curb Litigation of “Patent Trolls”, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, August 21, 2012

Genetic Screening Dispute to be Argued, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, October 16, 2010

Police Trademarks, prevent generic use, The Daily Record IP Frontiers, March 16, 2010

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (April 2015), Introduction to Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (March 2015), Intellectual Property in the Cleantech Industry
  • Union College (February 2015), Guest Lecturer, Bioengineering Capstone Design Seminar
  • New York State Bar Association (November 2014), Trademarks 101
  • Albany Law School (November 2014), Guest Lecturer, Business Law Survey
  • Union College (November 2014), Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • New York State Bar Association (July 2014), Bridging the Gap – Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • New York State Bar Association (March 2014), Bridging the Gap – Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • Union College (January 2014), Guest Lecturer, Bioengineering Capstone Design Seminar
  • Union College (September 2013), Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • New York State Bar Association (November 2012), Primer on Trademark Law
  • Albany Law School Recent Graduate CLE Program (November 2012), Introduction to Intellectual Property Law