Kimberly Maynard is counsel to the Trademark & Brand Management, and Intellectual Property Groups. She represents emerging and established companies on intellectual property matters across a variety of industries, including technology, fashion, jewelry, finance, food, automotive, television and dance.
Ms. Maynard guides her clients through all aspects of domestic and international brand-building and brand management. She works hard to understand client business goals and to craft practical, cost-effective legal strategies that meet those goals. Ms. Maynard analyzes and assesses the benefits and risks associated with adopting new brands, prepares and implements strategies for the development of new brands, and protects and expands established brands. Ms. Maynard represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and litigates cases involving complex trademark, trade dress, copyright and design patent issues in federal court. She also negotiates complex license and settlement agreements, advises on domain names and social media, and counsels on the proper use of trademarks and trade dress.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Maynard was an associate at BakerHostetler, where, among other things, she led a team of lawyers in an appeal of a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision before the Southern District of New York — ultimately securing ownership of trademarks for a major New York City dance theater. Prior to law school, Ms. Maynard was affiliated with Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Ms. Maynard is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Group), serves on INTA’s Young Practitioner’s Committee and is an Adjunct Professor for the PTO Trademark Clinic at New York Law School. She is admitted to practice in the New York and New Jersey state courts, as well as in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
awards & recognition
Recipient, The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Publico Award (2015)
New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star in Intellectual Property (2012-2015)
New York Metro Super Lawyers Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property (2016-2018)
Michigan State University (BA, summa cum laude, 2002)
Duke University School of Law (JD, high honors¸ Order of the Coif, 2009)
- Global Editor, Duke Law Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
2018 American Cheese Society Annual Conference
Donna Tobin and Kimberly M. Maynard present on trademark law and host three "Ask the Expert" sessions at the American Cheese Society's Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. The full schedule of events can be found here.
July 27 2018
2018 International Trademark Association Meeting
Kimberly M. Maynard leads a 'Table Topic' titled "Trademark Claims: Does Your Insurance Policy Cover Them?" at the International Trademark Association's annual meeting in Seattle.
May 23 2018
International Considerations and Licensing Webinar
February 15 2018
Advanced Trademark Webinar
January 18 2018
APAP | NYC 2018 Conference
January 13 2018
Intellectual Property Rights Overview Webinar
December 14 2017
Young Practitioners & Trademark Administrators Panel
Kimberly Maynard moderates the International Trademark Association's Young Practitioners & Trademark Administrators Panel “From Creation to Console—Understanding IP in a Video Game World” in New York.
September 25 2017
INTA Annual Meeting: U.S. Trademark Basics for Non-US Practitioners
Kimberly Maynard leads a 'Table Topic' on U.S. Trademark Basics for Non-US Practitioners at the INTA Annual Meeting.
May 23 2017
news & press
Sprint Sues AT&T for Labeling its Network ‘5G’ When it’s Actually 4G
CNBC shares the complaint filed on behalf of our client Sprint by Craig Whitney, Kimberly Maynard and Lily Roos. Sprint seeks to stop AT&T from using the terms “5GE,” “5g E,” “5G Evolution,” and any description containing “5G.”
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition.
The Business of Show – Put a [Trade]Mark Where Your Dance Is
The Jerome Robbins Foundation newsletter features Kimberly M. Maynard’s article “The Business of Show – Put a [Trade]Mark Where Your Dance Is.” The article summarizes trademark use and discusses the benefits to dance professionals of having a trademark.
All the Legal Terms You Need to Know Before You Sign a Dance Contract
The Business of Show, At Collaboration’s End, Ownership Rights in a Joint Choreographic Work
The Jerome Robbins Foundation newsletter featured Kimberly Maynard’s article “The Business of Show, At Collaboration’s End, Ownership Rights in a Joint Choreographic Work.” The article discusses copyright law and collaborative choreographic work.
Lack of Documentary Evidence Sinks Two Recent Trademark Applications
Business owners do not have to wait until they are actually using a trademark in commerce before seeking to register it with the Trademark Office.
Thinking of Licensing Your Brand Abroad?
Licensing a trademark abroad - for manufacture or distribution of goods or services - is not easy.
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.