Catherine M.C. Farrelly

USA - New York

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10005
United States

Tel: (212) 826 5579


Ms. Farrelly is an internationally recognized leader in the field of trademark law who advises some of the world’s leading brands on intellectual property matters. She helps her clients plan strategies, manage trademark portfolios, and protect trademarks and other IP in the US and world markets. She represents well-known companies in a variety of industries, including entertainment, finance, sports, cosmetics, toys, beverages, publishing and real estate.

Ms. Farrelly has focused on trademark and copyright law for 20 years, and regularly provides clients with strategic advice regarding the availability, validity and enforceability of trademarks. She also has significant experience preventing the unauthorized use of trademarks and copyrights through litigation, arbitration and negotiation.

In addition to representing clients in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Ms. Farrelly helps clients establish, maintain and grow domestic and international trademark portfolios. She negotiates and structures trademark and copyright licenses and assignments; regularly shuts down on-line auctions of infringing goods and false advertising on social media platforms; and resolves domain name disputes through negotiation, federal court litigation, and arbitration under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Recognized as one of the “World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” by World Trademark Review, Ms. Farrelly also regularly appears in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Super Lawyers magazine for Intellectual Property. She has been identified as a top IP lawyer by BTI and is named to the Irish Legal 100, which honors distinguished legal professionals of Irish heritage.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Farrelly was a partner with Gibbons P.C. and was associated with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Pennie & Edmonds LLP. She has lived in the U.S., England, France, the Netherlands, the Bahamas and Saudi Arabia.

We have handled many of the seminal intellectual property transactions and litigations in the publishing, marketing, licensing, and new technology fields. Our clients often own or seek intellectual property rights, and our special expertise in the global intellectual property arena helps them succeed. Visit our IP & Media blog for legal updates and expert insights.

We serve a wide range of entertainment companies, performers, writers, fashion models, artists, and celebrities. We also represent major consumer products companies and other corporate brands, advertising and marketing firms, and software, eCommerce, telecommunications, and other technology businesses.

We are special intellectual property counsel to major corporations and individual creators, helping clients capitalize on their intellectual property rights in and across all media.

Founded more than 40 years ago as a boutique law firm servicing the entertainment and arts communities in New York City, Frankfurt Kurnit now provides the highest quality legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines worldwide.

We represent some of the world’s best-known publishers, producers, directors, distributors, actors, celebrities, models, writers, financiers, charitable organizations, online content and service providers, and many of the foremost advertising agencies, information technology companies, and corporate brands. We also represent corporate and individual clients in complex business transactions and commercial disputes, and provide venture financing, securities fraud, white collar defense, privacy and data security, employment, ethics, tax, trusts and estates, and real estate advice. By combining a deep industry knowledge across a diverse group of lawyers and practice groups, Frankfurt Kurnit brings a unique, client-focused approach to helping clients achieve their goals, whether resolving a dispute, getting the deal done, or just planning for the future.

Catherine Farrelly chairs the firm’s trademark and brand management group and brings substantial trademark expertise, frequently advising on matters including portfolio management, registration disputes and enforcement of marks. “Approachable, skilled and knows what she’s doing.” “She’s smart and strong.”
Chambers & Partners