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Anne F. Downey

Partner; Copyrights, Trademark & Domain Name Registration, and Trademark Oppositions Practices Leader
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  • New York

B.A., cum laude, University of California at San Diego

J.D., summa cum laude, O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University

Since 1986, Anne has assisted clients with a wide range of business and nonprofit legal matters. She focuses her practice on assisting clients with trademarks, copyrights, licenses, and e-commerce. She advises on the availability, protection, and proper use of trademarks, both domestically and internationally. She prepares and prosecutes U.S. trademark and copyright applications and directs large corporate portfolios of international trademark registrations and enforcement activities. She has handled infringement, opposition, cancellation, licensing, domain name, social media, and other emerging intellectual property issues.

In addition, Anne counsels clients with respect to rights of publicity and trade secrets, and she frequently assists clients in connection with online issues and agreements such as clickwrap contracts, privacy policies, data collection and breach issues, and website terms of use.

Anne also forms businesses, assists nonprofit groups (including trade associations) with incorporating and obtaining 501(c)(3) status, counsels entities and individuals on many diverse business and operational issues, and drafts and negotiates a wide variety of agreements.

Anne has assisted large and small organizations located across the United States and internationally. In addition to her many years as an attorney, Anne has been a co-owner of a small business, served as a leader in a nonprofit organization, volunteered with a number of political advocacy groups, and taught undergraduate and graduate students as an adjunct professor. Calling upon these diverse experiences, she enjoys counseling her clients on business, nonprofit, and intellectual property issues.



Professional Associations

Anne is a member, and former chair, of the Bar Association of Erie County Intellectual Property Law Committee. 

Community & Pro Bono

Anne is an active parishioner at St. Bernadette R.C. Church and provides pro bono legal assistance to the board of a charity serving the urban community on Buffalo’s East Side. She enjoys kayaking, cycling and camping.