Herrick, Feinstein Strengthens Intellectual Property Group with the Addition of New Partner Nancy Mertzel

September 24, 2015 – Press Release

New York, September 24, 2015 – Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a prominent mid-sized law firm, is pleased to announce that Nancy J. Mertzel has joined Herrick as partner, and chair of the firm’s intellectual property group.

Nancy has more than 25 years of experience protecting brand names, products, content and technology. Her litigation experience includes numerous disputes involving the scope of copyright protection in source code and data. For example, on behalf of a leading bank and big box retailer, she recently defeated a claim of copyright in the individual numbers comprising an index of average financial rates. She has also handled “failed systems” disputes between developers and licensees, litigated trade secret cases involving software and recovered dozens of domain names from cybersquatters.

On the transactional side, Nancy oversees trademark clearance, prosecution and portfolio management, and drafts and negotiates a wide variety of agreements including copyright and trademark licenses, software licenses and software development agreements.

Nancy’s arrival significantly strengthens Herrick’s IP group, which draws on the transactional and litigation experience of more than 15 lawyers seasoned in a number of industries, including financial services, entertainment, technology, real estate, art, sports, consumer products, food and beverage, manufacturing and hospitality.

“We are very excited to have Nancy lead our IP group,” said Therese Doherty, co-chair of Herrick’s litigation department. “Nancy has an exceptionally diverse background which will benefit all of our clients, including a strong track record of success in cutting-edge matters involving source code, data and technology.”

Nancy is an active member of the bar, and a frequent speaker and author. She currently serves as a board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), one of the largest associations of IP lawyers in the world. In that role, she recently testified before Congress on the need for the U.S. Copyright Office to have greater autonomy over its information technology and funding. In addition, she authored two amicus curiae briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court – in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which involved the defense of laches in copyright infringement cases, and B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., which involved the preclusive effect of decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on subsequent litigation.

About Herrick, Feinstein LLP:


Founded in 1928, Herrick, Feinstein LLP is a prominent 140-lawyer firm providing a full range of legal services, including commercial litigation, real estate, art law, bankruptcy and business reorganization, corporate law, employment law, government relations, insurance, intellectual property, sports law, and tax and personal planning. Headquartered in New York City, the firm has offices in Newark and Princeton, New Jersey; Washington D.C. and Istanbul, Turkey.

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