Anna Kurian Shaw

Anna Kurian Shaw

Partner, Washington, D.C.


Phone +1 202 637 5687

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Anna Shaw has more than 20 years of experience in trademark litigation cases. She has chaired cases in federal court, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the International Trade Commission.

In 2018, Anna was recognized by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) as an IP Star. She was also recognized in 2018 by the World Trademark Review 1000 for having "a special flair for dealing with non-traditional marks and issues that reach the International Trade Commission," where she has successfully obtained relief, including general exclusion orders, in Section 337 trademark cases for clients like Kimberly-Clark Corp., Red Bull, and Segway.

She also advises clients on cutting-edge trademark and copyright issues, including obtaining non-traditional trademark registrations for the shape of the Tic Tac mint, the product configuration of various pieces of furniture, and the purple color of a protective glove. Anna represented General Motors before the U.S. Copyright Office in connection with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 rulemaking proceedings, and also managed the global and United States portfolios for companies including Ferrero (the manufacturer of Nutella, Tic Tac, and Rocher confectionery products), Pemex, Synopsys, International Finance Corp., and Medifast.

Anna is an experienced lawyer in contentious disputes, as well as a creative problem solver who can skillfully resolve disputes. She has represented well-known brands including Ketel One, Caterpillar, the Smurfs, the American Red Cross, Nutella, Tic Tac, Ferrero Rocher, Merck, Noosa Yoghurt, and Goodyear. She serves as pro bono counsel to the Women's March International.

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999

B.A., Duke University, 1996


Member, Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Member, Intellectual Property Law Section, District of Columbia Bar 

Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association

Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association

Member, International Trademark Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Advising Merck & Co. on one of the biggest trademark and domain names disputes for 2014/2015, over the use of the name "Merck," in the United States.

Obtained a general exclusion order from the ITC prohibiting the importation of purple protective gloves, which infringe upon Kimberly-Clark Corporation's trademark.

Represented the American Red Cross on co-branding, licensing, and other issues against Johnson & Johnson regarding the use of the Red Cross emblem.

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