Becki C. Lee

Of Counsel

Direct: 404.873.7012
Fax: 404.873.7013
Atlanta
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Becki is of counsel in the Intellectual Property practice and a member of the Entertainment & Sports industry team.

Becki focuses her practice on copyright and trademark counseling. Every business and many individuals will encounter copyright and trademark issues at some point. Becki understands that copyright and trademark are more than just legal matters for her clients: they are ways to protect an artist’s creation, a brand’s identity, marketing content, or a company’s core product. In addition to trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, Becki’s practice involves collaborating with clients on a strategic and practical approach to growing their intellectual property portfolios. Becki’s practice also involves copyright prosecution and enforcement, licensing, domain name enforcement, anti-counterfeiting efforts, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns, protection of cannabis-related trademarks, rights of publicity, and various entertainment law issues. Becki has represented clients in disputes in federal district court and in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Becki is an advisory board member for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and has written a children’s book about intellectual property. She was named a Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in Intellectual Property for 2021. Becki worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years as a publicist, marketer, and event planner. She also owned her own public relations firm, so she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges involved in starting and running a business. Becki plays the drums when she gets a chance.

Experience

  • Managed global trademark and copyright portfolios for clients of all sizes and in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Successfully defended fashion company in a trademark disparagement and infringement lawsuit.

  • Defeated motions for summary judgment in front of the TTAB, successfully protecting the liqueur client’s trademark from a finding that it had become generic.

  • Managed anti-counterfeiting matters for luxury fashion brands.

  • Secured authorship credits and back royalties for songwriter client in copyright infringement lawsuit.

  • Developed strategic plan for DMCA takedowns for heavily pirated audiovisual work.

  • Obtained expedited copyright registration for fashion accessories in preparation for copyright infringement lawsuit against major fashion brand.

Credentials

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Juris Doctor,
    cum laude
    • Highest Pro Bono Honor (100 hours)
    • Best Brief – Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Copyright Law Moot Court Competition – 2014
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts
    • HOPE Scholar, Presidential Scholar, Redcoat Marching Band
  • State of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
    • Part-time instructor, Georgia State University College of Law
    • Advisory Board, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
    • Public Interest Chair, Executive Committee, Atlanta IP Inn of Court
    • International Trademark Association, Emerging Issues Committee, Blockchain Subcommittee
    • International Trademark Association, Unreal Campaign Committee, 2022-2023
    • ChIPs, Atlanta Outreach Committee
    • American Bar Association

Recognition

  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers in America (Intellectual Property Law) – 2021-2022
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers – 2021

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