Ms. Collins retired from the practice of law at the end of 2020.
Kay L. Collins practiced intellectual property law in Fort Collins, specializing in in trademark and copyright law. Primarily, her practice focused on domestic and international brand development and strategy, trademark clearance, trademark registration, trademark infringement, trade dress, trade secret and copyright infringement, copyright registration and protection, social media licensing, internet law, domain theft, domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Proceeding and Opposition/Cancellation practice and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Collins had a distinguished portfolio of clients across Fort Collins and Northern Colorado, ranging from multi-national Fortune 500 companies to small business start-ups. She was a practicing lawyer in the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado area since she was admitted to practice law in 1979 until 2020. Ms. Collins received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law. Ms. Collins was admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a member of the International Trademark Association, the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the Larimer County Women’s Bar Association and the Larimer County Bar Association.
Ms. Collins assisted clients with building and maintaining domestic and international trademark portfolios and counseled them with regard to policing, enforcing and defending their intellectual property rights. She also prepared agreements relating to intellectual property licensing, software development, website terms and conditions, trademark co-existence, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, employment, consulting and intellectual property transfer agreements. Her international capabilities included Madrid Protocol, European Community and national filings throughout the world through a network of international trademark experts. She also advised clients in social media marketing, social media compliance issues, brand promotion, website development, internet privacy law and protecting trademarks in the generic top-level domain (gTLDs). She also advised craft brewers in trademark selection and brand protection for beer names.