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Anna Kurian Shaw

Washington, D.C.

Anna Kurian Shaw

Anna Kurian Shaw concentrates on trademark and copyright law, helping brand owners protect their business, reputation, and content. Clients come to her for her depth of knowledge and experience, as well as her innovative solutions, strategic thinking, and practical and business-minded advice.

Her clients offer various goods and services in a variety of industries, including in the food and beverage, automotive, fashion & design, medical device, pharmaceutical, entertainment, hospitality, consulting and financial fields. As a result, Anna understands that each client has a unique value system, and each industry has particular challenges. Working as a team with her clients, Anna provides not only legal advice, but business solutions that advance her clients' objectives.

Anna focuses on intellectual property litigation, enforcement, counseling, clearance, portfolio management, licensing, and transactional matters. She is an experienced litigator and has handled cases in federal court, the International Trade Commission, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Anna also has significant subject matter experience with non-traditional trademarks, including color and product configuration marks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement of IP rights, ITC Section 337 proceedings, fair use analysis, and gray market enforcement.

She also has significant experience with cross-border litigation and global portfolio management, working closely with her IPMT colleagues around the world. She is a member of INTA, where she has served on the Parallel Import and Internet Committees and currently serves on the Non-Traditional Marks Committee.

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.

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

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