On May 21, 2020 partner Lisa Blatt
was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s
“Making it Work” series, which spotlights how COVID-19 is forcing big changes in how professionals work. The article discusses Lisa's preparation to present oral argument to the Supreme Court in United States Patent & Trademark Office v. Booking.com
, the first case in the Court’s history to be argued remotely, and the first case where live audio was available to the public. The question presented was whether the addition by an online business of a generic top-level domain (".com") to an otherwise generic term can create a protectable trademark.
The case marked Lisa’s 40th argument before the Supreme Court and third this term. Partner Sarah Harris
was lead brief-writer and second-chaired this case; other members of the team included Eden Schiffmann
, Thomas Chapman
, and John Swanson
to read “She Has Argued 40 Cases in Front of the Supreme Court. The Latest Was From Her Dining Room” in The Wall Street Journal.
to listen to audio of United States Patent & Trademark Office v. Booking.com.
COVID-19 Legal Services
Williams & Connolly has a proud tradition of offering innovative solutions to clients during times of disquiet and transition. The cross-disciplinary approach we bring to every engagement is perfectly suited to identifying and anticipating risks related to COVID-19—and developing solutions—across subject areas.