Foley Hoag Welcomes Julia Huston as Partner Expands Intellectual Property Focus

Noted IP Lawyer Builds on Firm's National IP Platform, Adding Depth in Consumer Products, Electronics, Internet and Education Sectors

October 30, 2009

Foley Hoag LLP announced that noted intellectual property lawyer Julia Huston will join the firm as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.  Known for her high-profile victories in trademark, copyright and false advertising cases, Ms. Huston will chair Foley Hoag’s Trademark and Copyright practice group while expanding the firm’s focus on providing sophisticated intellectual property counsel to technology companies and research institutions.  Ms. Huston was previously chair of the Trademark Practice group at intellectual property boutique Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers in Boston. 

Ms. Huston will officially join the firm in mid-November.

Ms. Huston’s practice includes litigation, counseling and strategy in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, Internet commerce, domain name piracy, false advertising, unfair competition, and patents.  Particularly well known for trademark litigation, Ms. Huston has handled major trademark matters for the owners of famous trademarks in a variety of industries.  She has successfully advocated for brand owners as diverse as a major university to a popular Boston tourist attraction.  Ms. Huston has obtained several multimillion-dollar IP judgments and settlements, including a $20+ million verdict in a false advertising case.  She regularly advocates on behalf of clients in federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in national and international domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

In addition to litigation, Ms. Huston regularly counsels clients on developing long-term strategies for their IP portfolios.  She has particular experience in the consumer products, electronics, software and Internet, entertainment and education segments.  Ms. Huston’s extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution enables her to build her clients’ IP portfolios strategically with an eye toward enforcement and defense for maximum advantage in the marketplace.

As chair of the Trademark and Copyright practice group at Foley Hoag, Ms. Huston will be responsible for expanding the firm’s existing practice in trademarks, copyrights, domain names, and e-commerce.  She joins a nationally recognized IP practice, with depth in patent prosecution and litigation, particularly in life sciences.

“Increasingly, a company’s intellectual property is viewed as a critical strategic asset.  We are seeing our clients’ needs evolve from the handling of individual, discrete matters to the desirability of a more strategic, long-term approach to managing intellectual property,”  said Donald Ware, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.  “As we work to provide clients 360-degree counsel for all their IP needs, Julia will strengthen our practice and extend it into new and evolving industry sectors.”

In addition to a strong bench of litigators and prosecutors, Foley Hoag’s IP group includes scientists, engineers, medical doctors and other practitioners whose experience spans patent prosecution, patent litigation, technology transfers, IP due diligence, copyright and trademark prosecution, and trade secret litigation.  The firm’s IP practice is regularly ranked one of the preeminent in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA guide, which praised Foley Hoag in 2009 for its “strong standing on the contentious side of the sector” and its “sophisticated litigation work.”

Ms. Huston said, “I chose to join Foley Hoag because it offers the best of both worlds – the ability to practice on a national scale with the focus and sophistication of an IP boutique.  Foley Hoag’s IP group has an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally.  The firm provides top-notch client services in an intellectually stimulating and collegial atmosphere.”

She continued, “Foley Hoag’s national client base will provide me with the opportunity to grow my practice while offering Foley Hoag’s existing clients enhanced capabilities, particularly in the trademark arena. I am excited to play a role in Foley Hoag’s strategic expansion of IP services.”

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Huston is active in several civic and charitable organizations.  She is currently president of Greater Boston Legal Services, the largest provider of civil legal aid to low-income families in New England, and is chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, which advocates for legal aid funding for the poor.  As a past-president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and a former board member of YWCA Boston, Ms. Huston has advocated for gender and racial equality.  Ms. Huston will receive a “Women of Justice” award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in December.  She was recently named by Law & Politics as one of the top women lawyers in Massachusetts and New England for the third year in a row.

Ms. Huston holds leadership roles in the Boston Bar Association and the International Trademark Association, and has worked on their behalf to spearhead the first overhaul of the Massachusetts trademark laws in over 30 years.  A frequent author and lecturer on intellectual property topics, Ms. Huston’s articles have appeared in Intellectual Property Today, the Trademark Reporter, Mass High Tech, the Boston Bar Journal, and the Boston Business Journal.

Ms. Huston holds degrees from Boston University (J.D., magna cum laude; B.A., magna cum laude with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa; B.S., magna cum laude) and Harvard University (Ed.M.).

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