Jessica Rutherford

Jessica Rutherford

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Jessica practices primarily in the areas of intellectual property protection and licensing, intellectual property litigation, internet law and entertainment law. She routinely counsels clients, both large and small, on the acquisition, protection, exploitation, and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity, and other proprietary rights.

Jessica has experience managing a worldwide filing and enforcement program for a portfolio of famous marks and has won several appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

She also represents clients in disputes in federal and state courts across the country.  Recent cases include:



  • Representing Plaintiff in action alleging infringement of federally registered trademark and cybersquatting arising out of use of the name “Vanguard” by two publishing companies (Vanguard Productions v. Perseus Books, LLC and Vanguard Press, 08-6490, S.D.N.Y.)
  • Representing major toy manufacturer in multi-million dollar actions arising out of alleged breaches of licensing agreements (MGA Entertainment, Inc. v. Marvel Entertainment, Inc. et al., Index No. 650801/09, and related cases; New York Supreme Court)
  • Representing the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association as amicus curiae in C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. and Major League Baseball Players Association, 06-3357 and 06-3358, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In addition, Jessica assists clients in capitalizing on the value of intellectual property rights, by identifying and evaluating opportunities and negotiating a wide range of intellectual property agreements.

Her clients include toy and game companies, jewelers, apparel manufacturers, licensing agents and manufacturer’s representatives, software developers, restaurateurs, artists, textile designers, and publishers.

Jessica honed her negotiation skills while working as a literary agent and foreign scout and as a subsidiary rights executive for book publishing companies, including HarperCollins and Henry Holt. Jessica has parlayed this knowledge and experience into success for her clients, negotiating several multiple-book publishing deals on behalf of authors and artists, including in connection with a New York Times best-selling children’s book series.

Jessica received an A.B. (with Honors) from Brown University with a dual concentration in Cognitive Science and Russian Language & Literature. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in intellectual property law. During law school, she interned with Southern District of New York Judge Deborah A. Batts. Jessica has also worked for the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Jessica is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York, as well as the District of Connecticut, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York. She has served on the Internet and Technology Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, the Trademark Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Jessica has published articles on a variety of topics, including the “Internet and Technology” column for The Licensing Journal, and she has spoken on “Licensing Law for Beginners” at Licensing Expo, the annual trade show for the licensing industry.

In her free time, Jessica is co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, and she interviews applicants to Brown University for the Brown Alumni Schools Committee. (Languages: Russian, French, Italian and Hebrew.)